The Kai Entrepreneurship trips give an opportunity for Wesleyan Students interested in a career related entrepreneurship or tech to talk to alumni and friends of Wesleyan at their workplaces. We strongly believe that first hand exposure helps students see what's possible for their future careers. 


Currently Scheduled Trips 2015-2016


 

Kai Wesleyan Takes on the NYC Tech Scene (Fall Break) -

Kai Wesleyan Takes on Silicon Valley (Spring Break)

Kai Wesleyan Takes on the Boston Tech Scene (Post-Spring Break)

Scroll below to see last semester's schedule and trip reflections. 


Kai Takes on Silicon Valley 2015 (Last Semester)


For the inaugural year of this trip, nine Wesleyan students were accepted into the trip. These students are expected to take notes and share about what they learned to the Wesleyan community through the Kai Voices Blog.  Other trips occurring this year will have a much greater capacity, such as the Kai Wesleyan Takes on the NYC Tech Scene trip found at the bottom of this page. 

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Wednesday March 11th

d.School at Stanford 

The d.school is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together.

Human values are at the heart of our collaborative approach. We focus on creating spectacularly transformative learning experiences. Along the way, our students develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. This is the core of what we do.

Impact Hub & Weal 

Impact Hub Bay Area is a group of coworking & events spaces for a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change.

Weal is a health care coordination startup in the early stages of development. Weal seeks to make caring and coordinating for family members easier. 

GREE International

GREE takes gaming to the next level by inviting the entire world to come play. Founded on the belief that a connected world is a better one, we're passionate about bringing players together, using the universal language of fun.

As the global leader in free-to-play, GREE unleashes the power of gaming by taking it mobile and making it social. When you can play what you want, when and where you want, it's even easier to discover new games, face off against friends, and compete for the top spot on leaderboards.

Code for America 

Code for America believes that a healthy democracy is one where government and people work together to improve their community.  

Through our work with dozens of local governments since 2011, we’ve seen how local governments that practice a new way of working can better serve residents and address the important problems facing our communities. This is why we believe government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. We’re working to make it so, one step at a time. 

Thursday March 12th

Box 

Box transforms the way you share, manage and collaborate on your most valuable corporate information. Designed without compromise between security and ease-of-use, Box allows every employee to securely work across teams, with customers, and with partners - on any device, anywhere.

Machine Zone

Machine Zone is the creator of the popular online game Game of War. 

 Consistently in the top five apps worldwide by revenue, Game of War has been grossing more than $1 million a day, according to Think Gaming, double what it was bringing in just last spring.

Quid

We are building an intelligence platform that is radically changing how people interact with information.

The Quid Intelligence Platform combines search, premium data and high-performance algorithms to create visualizations of markets, trends, and cultural phenomena.  

Friday March 13th

QuestBridge

QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence.

QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs, employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles

Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

Google 

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our company has packed a lot into a relatively young life. Since Google was founded in 1998, we've grown to serve millions of people around the world.

ChargePoint 

ChargePoint brings electric vehicle (EV) charging to more people and places than ever before. ChargePoint operates the world’s largest and most open EV charging network. We also design, build, and support the technology that powers it. As our network grows, it makes driving an EV accessible to more and more people. Our mission is to get everyone behind the wheel of an EV and provide a place for them to charge wherever they go.

Saturday March 14th

Info Camp at UC Berkeley

InfoCamp is an unconference-style event for anybody interested in information-related topics. This includes a whole lot of things, including (but definitely not limited to) user experience, data science, information architecture, interaction design, informatics, and information and communication technologies for development.

During InfoCamp, you can expect a few things, including keynote speakers who represent the cutting edge of their fields, opportunities to meet and connect with other information professionals, and the chance to host your own session.

Unconferences like InfoCamp feature a community-driven format, so we ask attendees to create, pitch and lead their own sessions. To host a session, you simply choose the topic and the format, pitch your idea to the group. The schedule gets created on the fly, and you get to vote on sessions – and if yours is chosen, you pick a time slot and present.

Grit Media 

There's more to sports media than mindless, talking heads. So we're moving beyond the highlights to bring stories that inspire, inform and empower sports culture. Everyday we'll bring the grit you need via original videos, photos and info graphics.

We appreciate you coming along for the ride 

 

Background 

This trip is based off a similar trip that our friends at Oxford University conduct every April. Help and advice in creating the itinerary has been graciously provided to us by Oxford and Stanford alumni, among others. During the trip we'll meet with entrepreneurs, professors, and investors that will share and discuss their experiences with us. We’ll also spend time with some students who are active in the Stanford entrepreneurship community.

The Silicon Valley trip is organized by Alex Garcia 17' and Michael Leung 15'.  


Kai Wesleyan Takes on the NYC Tech Scene (Last Semester)

Want to hear from alumni how their liberal arts degree turned into a cool job and career that they find meaningful and enjoyable? On this Kai trip meet with several alumni at various stages in their careers and bond with fellow student participants on what is sure to be an amazing trip. People of all career interests, not just tech, are encouraged to apply. Transportation, lunch, and dinner will all be provided. 

30 students will be selected for this trip based on a competitive application process. Applications will be due by 11:59PM on March 28th and the form is now closed.

Tentative Schedule 

April 4th, 2015

9AM Bus leaves from Usdan University Center. (Free transportation) 

12PM Lunch (Free meal) 

1 - 3PM Wesleyan Alumni Showcase & Conversations
Presentations by 6 alumni and small group discussions

4 - 5PM NYC Tech Office Tours 
Six groups of five each visit one office

6PM Open Group Dinner (Free meal) 
Any alumni or friends of Wesleyan welcome. Dinner provided. RSVP required.

Overnight Stay in Hostel ranging from $35-45. Must RSVP ahead of time by indicating on application. Otherwise it will be assumed you have a friend or family member to stay with. 

April 5th, 2015

10AM Bus Leaves from Penn Station back to Wesleyan (Free transportation)