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Renee Kakareka is a researcher, writer, designer, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Olive Devices: an assistive technology start-up. At just 22 years old Kakareka has co-founded two organizations. The Tandem Design Conference at Philadelphia University and Olive Devices.

As an Industrial Designer wit… Read More
Renee Kakareka is a researcher, writer, designer, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Olive Devices: an assistive technology start-up. At just 22 years old Kakareka has co-founded two organizations. The Tandem Design Conference at Philadelphia University and Olive Devices.

As an Industrial Designer with a concentration in Global Portfolio, Kakareka has built an excellent culmination of research. Her research experience has included studies of cultures and ethnographic human factors applied to medical engineering. The most influential part of her education and experience has been the exposure to interdisciplines in these topics. Throughout my education I have been applying design thinking in learning and research. Some of the topics I have pursued are material engineering applied to medical products, assistive technology related to inequality, sustainability applied to products and processes. In my final year at Philadelphia University I was exposed to research for gold nanoparticles used in cancer research. During this Biomaterials Technology course I was exposed to different types of research that applied technology and engineering to medical products.

Kakareka's passion for Universal Design, product skills, presentation skills and commercial strategy have assisted her get on the path to growing her start-up: Olive Devices. Olive Devices has won multiple start-up awards including bronze at the worldwide Publicis 90 competition, runner-up at Jefferson University’s JAZ Tank, participating in the Angel Venture Fair, and participating in the MedTech Bootcamp in Munich. In addition, Kakareka has received pilot funding from BioAdvance to progress the company to raising their SEED round. Kakareka was also recognized by local Philadelphia news website: BillyPenn as one of the up and coming entrepreneurs under 40.

Conceptualize beyond limits,
Research to make it possible,
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