Instructions for Presenters of Candidate Projects
Thank you once again for your willingness to
participate in the Stanford Course: Perspectives in Assistive Technology
and pitch your project idea to the class on Thursday, January 9th.
Requirements for project ideas: Please
review the requirements for project
Class location and parking: The class
will be held in the Thornton Center - Classroom 110. Refer to the
Classroom Location and Accessibility
Information webpage for driving directions and parking instructions. Let me
know if you would like me to mail you a printed map highlighting the classroom
location and nearby parking areas.
- Please plan to arrive at the classroom by
4pm for setup. Give yourself extra time to negotiate traffic, navigate
around campus, find a parking space, and make your way to the
- The class session will begin promptly at
4:15pm and will end at approximately 5:30pm.
- Please plan to stick around after all the
project pitches for students to approach you with specific questions. This
face-to-face interaction time will help the students fully understand your
project suggestion and decide which project to pursue.
- The order of presentation is listed
here. Let me know if you will be unable to arrive
at the beginning of class so I can re-order the schedule. Call me if you get
lost or are unexpectedly running late. 650/892-4464
- You are welcome to compose a short
slideshow if you think your pitch would benefit from the display of a video, a
few images, or text. (It would be best to upload any videos to YouTube and
include links to them in your slideset.) You can also distribute a short
- Email me your PowerPoint presentation and
a soft copy of any handouts you wish to disseminate by January 8th so I can load it on my laptop and make
copies for the students. (Having your presentation pre-loaded on my laptop
minimizes turn-over time from one pitcher to the next, assures that the slides
will display properly, and makes the material available before class to any
students with visual impairments.)
- An LCD projector and speakers are
- I have a wireless device to advance the
slides and a laser pointer for your use.
- Access to the Internet is available only
through my laptop, so it is ok to include weblinks in your slides.
- You will be given a wireless microphone to
wear on your lapel to record audio from your lecture. Do not handle the
microphone as it generates noise.
- Your pitch should be no longer than three minutes - this will be strictly
enforced. Please present the most important information at the beginning of
your pitch to prevent having that information cut off. Be short and
- The objective of your pitch is to interest
students in taking on your project.
- Assume students have already read your
project description, so do not merely restate it
- Pitch checklist:
- Introduce yourself
- Name your facility or organization
your role in the facility or organization
- Give a
very brief background of the population and/or impairment addressed by your
of the problem or unmet need for the project
what the prototype device should do, but not how it should be
- List the
prototype's operational features and specifications
any additional information such as weblinks and design suggestions /
the skills that are needed to fabricate the prototype: mechanical, electronic,
computer, programming - so the students will be able to judge if it is an
appropriate project for them to undertake.
what resources and expertise you will be able to provide
along any prior prototypes you might have
to answer questions at the end of the class - after all the projects have been
- Your pitch should not be a scientific
presentation: avoid highly technical engineering, medical terms, and
- Please do not overwhelm the students with
technical details. One message to communicate is they can successfully pursue
the assistive technology project that you have suggested.
- The audience will include Stanford
engineering students (mostly mechanical engineering) and individuals from the
greater Stanford community (perhaps as many as 50 people total).
- There may be several students who arrive
late or have to leave early due to other class committments.
- If you are unable to present your
project(s) in class, you can alternately create a short video pitch (not longer
than three minutes). Upload the video to YouTube and send me the url so I can
play it in class.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you again,
- Dave Jaffe
- 650/892-4464 cell