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From Idea to Market: Eatwell, Assistive Tableware for Persons with Cognitive Impairments - Sha Yao

February 6, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:50pm
Thornton Center - Classroom 110

All are welcome to attend

Abstract: "Inspired by my late grandmother who had Alzheimer's Disease, I created Eatwell, a tableware set to help people with cognitive impairments increase their food intake. After years of research and development, the Eatwell set won first place in the 2014 Stanford Design Challenge in a competition with 52 other teams from 15 countries, and has continued to receive extremely positive feedback from caregivers from different states across the country, and even internationally. I will share my story about my efforts working on the project, the design process I used, the challenges I faced, my experience during the design competition, the latest update on my goal to bring Eatwell to market, and my future plans for the product."

Biosketch: Sha Yao describes herself as a passionate Industrial Designer who likes to challenge herself. She has a diverse background and speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. She created a product design studio to help startup companies develop their product ideas, and especially loves to work on projects that help people in need.

Event Sponsor: 
Design Group, Mechanical Engineering
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Dave Jaffe - 650/892-4464