CITRIS Health Innovation Intensive

DWIH San Francisco is excited to sponsor a five-day program for German students and early-stage researchers interested in turning their research projects into startups. We are partnering with CITRIS and the Banatao Institute to support the participation of up to six German students in the Spring 2024 cohort to the Innovation Intensive. Participants will spend five days learning about cutting-edge research and startups based at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at four University of California campuses. Apply by December 14, 2023.


  • DWIH Application Deadline: Closed

  • Individual Arrival in San Francisco: Sunday, March 3, 2024

  • Dates of Program: Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8, 2024

  • Individual Departure: Saturday, March 9, 2024


Please find the day-by-day agenda at the bottom of this page.

Why should I participate?

  • Talks and networking with leading researchers at four world-renowned University of California campuses and the UC Davis Medical Center
  • Visits, demos, and hands-on experiences at labs and incubators across the greater San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley
  • Workshops and the EDGE in Tech Symposium
  • Peer to peer learning in a diverse cohort

Who can apply?

Student or researchers with a focus on health. The participant must have a Bachelor’s degree at minimum and have an affiliation with a German university or German research institution (Universität, Fachhochschule – FH, or Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften – HAW or staatliche Forschungseinrichtung). The participant does not have to have German citizenship.


Day 1: UC Berkeley

  • Health and Responsible AI
  • UCSF partnership for Computational Precision Health
  • Neurotech, Alternative Meat, and visits to the CITRIS Tech Museum, the Bakar Bioingenuity Hub, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, and networking with UC health tech startups

Day 2:  UC Santa Cruz

  • Serious Gaming for Rehabilitation and Mental Health
  • Assistive Technologies and AI for Physical Therapists
  • Food systems, IoT, drones, and community engagement
  • for inclusive policy, safe food production and coastal
  • climate health

Day 3: UC Merced

  • Starting a medical school
  • ACTIVATE: Co-creating Digital Health Solutions for Patients and Providers in Rural California
  • Experimental Farms visit, ag-food-tech, and workforce safety and health

Day 4: UC Davis Health Center

Day 5: UC Davis

EDGE in Tech Symposium on Revolutionizing HealthTech with panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Detecting Pathogens in the Air
  • Ensuring Water Quality
  • Robotics for Surgery and Pediatrics
  • Tech Innovations for Women’s Health
  • Scaling Telehealth

What are the costs?

DWIH SF will cover most costs of this program, which include a week-long (5 day) innovation intensive program and visits to all four CITRIS campuses, transportation, speakers, and lunches.
Participants and/or their sponsoring universities will need to cover flights and visa costs (if applicable). DWIH will cover the costs of the hotel accommodation. Financial support may be available on a case-by-case basis. Don’t let the costs discourage you from applying.


For questions, please send an email to

Event Information

March 4 to 8, 2024

University of California campuses
Organizer(s): CITRIS, DWIH SF