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We are thrilled to welcome you to the d.school's Design Thinking Bootcamp!
This page will be an evolving resource for you as you prepare to join us at Stanford University. Please check back regularly for updates.
For Planning Purposes
Program Details + General Schedule
Dates / Times:
Think of Bootcamp as an 8 day program: 1 day of pre-work before the program, 4 days spent with us at Stanford d.school, 3 days spent back at work supported by us and the tools we practiced together. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
At work :: Block 5 hours before Bootcamp for pre-work (see below)
At Stanford d.school :: Tuesday, March 28 2pm-7:30pm PT, Wednesday, March 29 8:30am-9:00pm PT, Thursday, March 30 8:30am-7:45pm PT, Friday, March 31 8:30am-7:30pm PT
Back at work :: Monday, April 3 - Wednesday, April 5 (you'll need 4 hours each day, preferably in the morning)
Team calls :: Tuesday, April 4 9am-10am PT, and Wednesday, April 5 9am-10am PT
*You will experience full, busy days while you are here with us! We have found that it's best not to schedule conference calls or plan to conduct business during the program.*
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (more affectionately called the "d.school")
416 Escondido Mall, Building 550
Transportation / Parking / Wayfinding:
In general, parking on campus is difficult and time consuming! Apologies in advance. Our area of the quad, in particular, is affected where driving and parking are concerned. We highly suggest using public transportation, carpooling, cab, Uber / Lyft.
If you must drive, the closest paid parking can be found at 459 Lagunita Drive:
Alternatively, you can park in Structure 7 (the most reliable lot), located just off of Campus Drive East in the Knight Management Center lot (located at F/G, 12 on the Stanford Parking Map). We understand that this does not appear to be the closest lot, but because of automobile restrictions on campus, it is by FAR the most easily accessed.
Our program is NON RESIDENTIAL, which means that we allow our participants to choose where they would like to stay. We recommend booking at the Sheraton, where there will be a block of rooms reserved for d.bootcampers (subject to availability until February 24). Link to booking:
What to bring:
1) Your pre-work — download here. This should take about 5 hours worth of time, so please allow time to complete it before your arrival on campus. Remember to also print and bring with you to campus.
2) Casual clothing: We have a very California vibe, so that means jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are all perfectly fine. Please wear comfortable shoes for the program – you will be walking around and standing often, and you don’t want to be hindered by your footwear. We've also been experiencing a ton of rain this season, so please also bring and umbrella and rain jacket.
3) A rested body and a great attitude!
What NOT to bring:
1) Anything heavy or burdensome (laptops, chargers, etc). We will provide everything you need.
2) Excess baggage. Travel lightly! You will be on the go for much of the program, and you will not want to be held back by extra stuff. We will provide everything that you need.
Please check weather before departing and plan your wardrobe accordingly. Much of our program is indoors, but we will be spending time in the field as well. Note that our studios can get quite warm. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and it's best to wear layers.
Payment for the program is due upon receipt of the invoice, which was attached to your acceptance email. We cannot guarantee your space in the program until we receive your tuition payment. Your tuition covers program materials and breakfast/lunch/hearty snacks each workshop day. We will also host several dinners and a closing reception.
We are committed to support your growth as an innovator. Your tuition includes work and coaching support in the 3 days following Bootcamp. The purpose of this is to help you immediately use what you will learn, and begin an on-going transformation in how you work. Block your calendars accordingly for design thinking bootcamp actions and team calls.
Connect with us + alums:
Get to know your fellow Bootcampers. Join our "d.school Executive Bootcamp" Facebook group and introduce yourself!
After the program concludes we'll invite you to join our alum group on LinkedIn where you can connect with your fellow alums, along with our coaches and teaching team, get support, have discussions and much more.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned for more information!