SUGAR Expo 2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 * Stanford University

The SUGAR Network invites you to join us, as we celebrate our students' creative work in design research, design practice, engineering, and manufacturing. The SUGAR Expo 2016 is a unique, once-a-year opportunity to meet with students, faculty, and industry colleagues from top universities around the world.


Please register online at The event is free to all industry guests and visitors. Participating schools and visiting scholars within the SUGAR community are required to pay a moderate fee.

Expo Schedule

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
General Registration
Location: Huang Engineering Center, amphitheater outside (lower level steps), 475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA (Google Maps pin)

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Morning Team Podium Presentations

  • Track A: Automotive, manufacturing & retail industries
    Location: Y2E2 Building, room 299, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA (Google Maps pin)
  • Track B: Pharmaceutical, chemical, health/beauty, & consumer related industries
    Location: Y2E2 Building, room 300, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA (Google Maps pin)
  • Track C: Financial services, telecommunications & media industries
    Location: Spilker Building, room 232, Via Pueblo, Stanford, CA (Google Maps pin)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Open Lunch
All public visitors and guests are invited to find lunch on their own at any of the campus eateries nearby (Google Maps pin).

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Afternoon Design Fair
Location: Huang Engineering Center, amphitheater outside (lower level steps) and surrounding areas, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA (Google Maps pin)

Innovation Showcase

Experience 26 real innovation problems addressed collaboratively by 24 different universities. Student teams have been imagining and building innovative solutions to design challenges from these companies:

TRACK A: Automotive, manufacturing & retail industries

  • Kongsberg Automotive: Supporting the transition to semi-autonomous driving
  • Lapeyre: Reinventing the kitchen for elderly people
  • Mabe (I): Clothes care in the year 2030
  • Mabe (II): A vision for a movable modular kitchen
  • Media-Saturn Holding: Shopping consumer electronics in the future
  • Sonae—Berg Bicycles: A completely new offering for urban commuting with bicycles
  • Sonae—Worten: Innovation for home appliance after-sales service
  • Trinity Robotics: Designing interaction between robots and people
  • Yanmar: Innovation for vineyards
  • Zipor: Mass customization of shoes in the B2C market

TRACK B: Pharmaceutical, chemical, health/beauty, & consumer related industries

  • BASF (I): Crop protection 2.0 - digital services for the farming process
  • BASF (II): Health optimization through personalized nutrition
  • Boehringer Ingelheim: Revolutionizing communication between doctors and pharma
  • Employers Confederation of the Mexican Republic (COPARMEX): A shared bicycle service for Mexico City
  • Expanscience: Enhancing magical moments in the baby care experience
  • Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias (INER): A diagnostic device for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
  • Merck: Innovating patient support services
  • Nestlé: Redesigning the vending machine for a better coffee experience in offices
  • Sanofi: Helping pharmaceutical sales to better use customer data

TRACK C: Financial services, telecommunications & media industries

  • Allianz: Redesigning people management and its user experience
  • Grupo SURA: Synergies for uncertainty elimination
  • Haufe Lexware (I): Enabling resource sharing for small businesses
  • Haufe Lexware (II): Improving the online visibility of small businesses
  • Helvetia: A simple insurance solution for shared flats
  • SwissCom (I): Inform, involve and engage employees through corporate TV
  • SwissCom (II): New ways of leveraging backup power supply
  • Union Investment: Activating people to engage in personal financial planning and investment

Stanford Design EXPErience

Our SUGAR Expo event precedes the Stanford Design EXPErience on June 2, which showcases additional student work from Stanford's Mechanical Engineering Design Group courses, notably ME310. This way, you may experience two days back-to-back of unparalleled access to innovative student work and ideas outside your usual sphere.

For Participating SUGAR Faculty and Student Teams

Participating SUGAR universities will be sent a detailed schedule with location and other details. All SUGAR student teams who plan to present at the SUGAR Expo will have dedicated prep time and rehearsals the day(s) prior. In addition, several group social activities are planned, such as an evening dinner and Stanford-hosted "SuperSUDS" reception, which are included in the event fees. All local and visiting coporate liaisons (sponsors) are invited to attend a special luncheon on June 2.

In addition, all SUGAR faculty and teaching teams are kindly requested to stay through Friday morning for a final debrief and reflection session.

Foreign Guests

For those visiting Stanford from afar, Stanford's Visitor Services offers information on maps and directions, public transportation, local airports, as well as local places to stay and a lodging guide.

Directions & Parking

SUGAR Expo activities will take place at the center of the Stanford University campus.

If driving, free campus parking is available at Galvez Field (Galvez and Campus Drive). You will need a SUGAR event code for free parking. This code will be sent by email prior to the event to all registered attendees. All SUGAR schools may use this parking code.

From the parking lot, it is a 12-15 minute walk to the event locations. Otherwise, you may take a free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle available nearby to the Galvez Event parking lot. The Alumni Center stop for the "Y" Marguerite Shuttle is in front of the Alumni Center. It departs from the Alumni Center stop and arrives at the Y2E2 stop at Via Ortega (see Y line schedule).

To return, take the "X" Marguerite Shuttle (see X line schedule). It departs every 20 minutes from the Via Ortega stop and returns to the Alumni Center.

Additional Help & Questions

Any questions may be directed to the SUGAR Expo planning team at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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