Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2011-12 Field Trips

The CIE hosts quarterly field trips to to successful startups and industry giants based in the Silicon Valley.    How can you join us?  Join the CIE Mailing Lists today!




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The CIE Spring Quarter Field Trip brought undergraduate and graduate students to the Cisco headquarters in San Jose on April 25.

The afternoon began with an interactive presentation and SCU alumni panel discussion facilitated by Bronco Camille Da Silva Gatenby, Cisco University Manager, US West University Connection. 

We also enjoyed a TelePresence demo, learning more about how TelePresence brings productivity to the next stage as well as background on the "how it works" aspect of the integrated video conferencing system-the eye contact across the table was particularly interesting.  The system provides an authentic in-person meeting feel.

Next up was a visit to see some of Cisco's innovative business solutions.  We saw how the Cisco thin client works with digital signage at businesses, subway stations, and sports arenas, allowing multiple signage tailored to an event's/sponsor's/activity's direct need, all conveniently done remotely and nearly instantly.  Cisco's borderless networks and innovative technology was demonstrated with several creative solutions including an IP phone unit coupled with a removable tablet-style unit that takes video conferencing right to your desk phone (and off your desk with a quick unhook of the tablet unit). 

Our thanks to Camille, Jason and Selina for hosting our group and special thanks to Tara Kaverman, Cisco University Specialist, for coordinating our exciting day at Cisco!



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The CIE Field Trip for Winter Quarter brought us to the LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View on March 14.

Our group enjoyed a tour through three buildings on the LinkedIn campus including a trip through one of the many kitchens, the cafe, a gym, the infamous LinkedIn music room ready to jam, the game room, as well as several workspaces where we were greeted at every turn with a "welcome to LinkedIn" from their employees-what a great work environment!    Welcome to linked in 210

Campus Recruiting Associate Lauren Yee arranged for the tour and a detailed presentation from SCU alum Kevin Wang ('00 OMIS).  A group of three other SCU graduates joined us for an informative panel discussion and Q&A.

Special thanks to CIE Advisory Board Member (and fellow Bronco!) Steve Sordello, Chief Financial Officer of LinkedIn, for facilitating this exciting event for students.



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Google-ween provided no tricks but plenty treats On Friday, October 28, at our tour of Google headquarters in Mountain View. The CIE sponsored and coordinated the tour for members of the undergraduate student club Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization (SCEO) and members of the Dean's Leadership Program Entrepreneurship group.

SCU Board of Regents member Kyle Ozawa, Senior Account Manager of AdWords and Product Specialist for the new Google Wallet, got a chance to use his tour skills honed as an SCU Ambassador as he gave us a walking tour of several buildings across the campus. Students had the opportunity to meet Google's T-Rex (Stan), see the original production servers and wall of cooling fans, visited the infamous Charlie's Cafe, saw the whiteboard wall and the celebrity photo wall, toured one of the gym facilities, learned about Google honey from their own bee colony, and shopped in the Google store (filled with all things Google from clothing and outerwear to gumball machines and yo yos including youTube tube socks). Kyle even located Santa Clara University on the multi-screen Google Earth display.Stan 210

As we walked from building to building, we also saw first-hand much of the other well-known hallmarks of Google such as their bikes (although not the conference bike), the food within 150 feet of any employee (all complimentary), and pool tables and ping pong tables next to conference tables. We even passed by the haircut truck-step away from your desk to get a haircut!

The group enjoyed a lively Q&A with a panel of Googlers (all in costume), who shared their personal experiences on how they came to work there, discussed their Ambassador program (which was likened to our Study Abroad but imagine doing your job in Australia for a quarter!), and explained how the Google philosophy and culture fosters and embraces entrepreneurial thinking in their workforce. Each of the panelists also offered Kyle Tour 210advice and tips for SCU students including the importance of taking advantage of all that college has to offer and not miss out on programs and opportunities offered by various groups including not only the CIE and Undergraduate Business Programs Office, but also the Career Center, the other club events on campus, speakers, office hours opportunities, mock interviews and resume reviews.

Have an idea for a field trip? Send your suggestions to Linda Jenkins-the CIE typically hosts a field trip each quarter.


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Google Field Trip 

The CIE recently sponsored a field trip to Google headquarters in Mountain View. The group enjoyed a rainy Googleplex tour, visit to the Google Store, and a Q&A session with 3 SCU alumni who shared their experience. Our special thanks to our tour host, Kyle Ozawa, Senior Account Manager of AdWords and SCU Alum/Member of the SCU Board of Regents.


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The CIE and OMIS Department sponsored a field trip to Cisco for members of the SCEO and OMIS student clubs.  Professor Mu Xia organized an exciting afternoon including a facility tour, a Telepresence demonstration at Cisco's Executive Briefing Center as well as a visit to their Deep Space Nine room with refreshments, networking and a presentation by Information Technology Manager Andy Broer.  


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Fall Quarter Field Trip: Global Entrepreneurship Week

Field Trip Friday:  Hacker DoJo and Plug and Play Tech Center

The CIE took to the road for Field Trip Friday, visiting Hacker DoJo in Mountain View and the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale. 

The trip started with Hacker DoJo, a community of engineers, artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs and other creative people centered around a co-working and social facility.  Throughout the tour, the group enjoyed hearing about the various offerings and activities of "the Dojo,"  saw one entrepreneur's 3-D printer, and received a demo of YourVersion from Co-Founder Chris Haase (below).





The next stop on the trip was the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale where the group enjoyed a tour of the facility and had the opportunity to sit in on one of their EIR (Executives in Residence) sessions in which 4-5 startups present to the EIRs and get feedback on their presentations/ventures. 


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