Stanford Medicine X | IDEO Design Challenge Returns to Medicine X

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Stanford Medicine X is once again joining forces with Palo Alto-based firm IDEO to offer ePatients the opportunity to collaborate with designers, researchers, technologists and health-care providers to spark new ideas for improving patient care. Participants in last year’s Stanford Medicine X | IDEO Design Challenge called the workshop “a very healing process” and praised the experience for allowing creativity to “flourish and grow.”

At the day-long event, participants will be divided into teams and each group will include an ePatient who has experience managing a chronic disease and who uses technology to help facilitate his or her own care. Using a problem statement based on the ePatients’ chronic illness and application, the teams will work through the design-thinking process to develop potential solutions.

IDEO was an extraordinary experience. I met tons of new contacts, including entrepreneurs, physicians, investors. I was really impressed by this culture of support, creativity and change that Medicine X cultivates — conference attendee

The goal of the workshop is to engage stakeholders in a design setting to solve a patient-centered health problem as a unified team, and to share their design and experience with attendees at Medicine X. It is meant to inspire collaboration and ignite creativity among a diversity of thinkers, both challenge participants and Medicine X audience members.

We are thrilled to partner with IDEO and offer this incredible experience for Medicine X attendees.


Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Location: IDEO headquarters, 100 Forrest Avenue, Palo Alto, Calif.
Workshop includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks

The IDEO experience was priceless — Medicine X 2012 participant.



ePatients scholarship winners will become the focus of a team engaged in the IDEO challenge and represent a different problem statement, which will be based on their chronic illness and application.

Conference attendees can enroll in one of the five workshop teams. Assignments will be made on a first-serve basis beginning when registration opens. A panel of judges will select a winner from the five teams based on creativity and specified selection criteria at the end of the workshop. The winning team will have the chance to present its creative process, including problem statement and solution, on the main stage at Medicine X.

This was a wonderful activity! It will influence all my future design endeavors — IDEO workshop attendee.

Sample Schedule:

8:30 a.m. Arrive at 100 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto: Breakfast and Coffee
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Overview of the day, Introductions and Homework Discussion.
9:30 a.m. Tour of IDEO Palo Alto studios
10:30 a.m. Overview of Design Thinking process
11:00 a.m. Team assignments, assignment and discussion of team projects and individual team formation
11:30 a.m. Individual teams break out with IDEO facilitators.
12:00 p.m. Working lunch in teams
12:30 p.m. Understand and Observation in-context session
2:00 p.m. Downloading and Synthesis session
3:00 p.m. Brainstorming & Conceptualizing, Prototyping & Testing session
4:00 p.m. Prepare design team project presentations
5:00 p.m. Individual design teams present to overall group
6:30 p.m. Wrap-up of the day and wine & cheese reception

Fantastic education experience in the design process — past IDEO challenge participant.

How to Apply:

Attendees must enroll online to reserve their spot (please pre-register to stay informed when enrollment opens). Patient problem statements will be available for attendees at the time of registration. Admission workshop will be based on completion of a short application and will continue on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

Learned a great deal about IDEO design principle, met many new contacts in the technology realm and I’m excited about doing crowdsourced research — participant at Medicine X 2012.

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