From Play to Innovation

How to Bring Play from the Sandbox into your Career

Spring 2017
ENGR 280
Tues/Thurs 1:30-2:50
2-4 Units
Letter Grade
Studio 2

From Play to Innovation is a class focused on enhancing the innovation process with playfulness. We will investigate the human “state of play” to reach an understanding of its principal attributes and how important it is to creative thinking. We will explore play behavior, its development, and its biological basis. We will then apply those principles through design thinking to promote innovation in the corporate world. Students will work with real-world partners on design projects with widespread application.


Accepting 30-40 Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows and Post-docs
Apply here by March 10

Teaching Team
Brendan Boyle, IDEO
Elysa Fenenbock, Google
John Cassidy, Founder of Klutz
Dr. Stuart Brown, National Institute for Play
Dr. Stuart Thompson, Stanford Neuroscience


From Play to Innovation