UCSF2025 Smashes Game Records

The #UCSF2025 community has just proven it’s possible to share more than 20,000 ideas about the future of education, research & health in just 30 hours!

Previous record:  18,160 ideas from 1,600 players in a 48 hour Foresight Engine game

UCSF2025 so far:  20,098 ideas from 2,456 players and the 36 hour game is not yet over!

Congrats to the #UCSF2025 community for smashing these records! We can’t wait to see what you’ll do with the final hours of game play.

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With so many ideas played, here are a few easy ways to carve a path through the content:

  • Check out the blog where live analysis of key themes and outlier insights is underway
  • Go to the “Big Builds” view on the dashboard, to see conversations that are already up to 407 ideas deep!
  • Use the search bar in the upper right of the game interface to find a keyword that is of particular interest to you

Play the game, map the future of UCSF.

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Partnering for impact

How can UCSF lead the way in 2025? Partnerships. UCSF is already a leader in so many health-related fields but it has been widely acknowledged in the game that interdisciplinary collaboration is key to finding new innovative solutions. Though a lot of the talk has been around breaking down barriers within UCSF itself, many players are encouraging breaking out of the confines of the institution altogether to work with outside players.

Russ Cucina suggested a few ways UCSF could use partnerships to tap into big data sets to fuel new studies that could ultimately lead to better, and more targeted patient care:

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Players gravitytank_eg, Educators-R-Us, and CPC_Greg threw around some ideas about specific platforms and companies UCSF could work with to create new, health-focused products and services:

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Partnerships with other institutions or industries could be a great way to lead the way in health innovation but many players, like ish and iyerav, warn of potential unintended consequences of such arrangements:

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Though certainly something to approach with caution, it is clear that the Bay Area is filled with too many trailblazers and potential resources to ignore, like the GIANT(s) one sitting next to the Mission Bay campus (kudos to #TEAM Cro Magnon v.2 for starting this chain)!

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#publichealth CHALLENGE: Reinvent public health

For the next two hours, let’s focus on how we could Reinvent Public Health. See the challenge below and play your ideas using #publichealth. Players with the best #publichealth ideas will be highlighted in our blog!

The challenge: How can UCSF scale its public health practices to meet the daunting needs of a truly global community in an era of daunting public health threats?

UCSF has a long-standing commitment to advancing public health—and a 150-year track record to prove it. But as communities become more connected globally, as myriad health threats arise from infectious diseases, insect- and animal-borne pathogens and environmental toxins, as population density increases around the world, and as traditional sources of food, water, and medications become more uncertain, the scale of public health challenges will grow beyond any previous experience.

Already, the world is responding to these problems of scale with new forms of community-based health interventions, from peer-to-peer health platforms to the engagement of citizen scientists and innovative approaches to public health monitoring.

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Let’s Go Global! Or… maybe stay local?

What does it even mean to be global? I see this debate often when organizations begin to talk about building a global reach. The conversations quickly reveal not just how many exciting ways there are to build global impact, but also how many different ideas of what it actually means to be globally minded.

For UCSF 2025 this could mean building satellite global campuses and providing online international courses. But don’t forget about the need to speak multiple languages and build cultural fluency across the institution under this scenario.

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Of course having an exchange or satellite campus program will open up access to more research and data.  And this inevitably brings up the issue of leveling the playing field and bringing institutions around the world to similar standards so that proper collaboration can occur. But how do we do that? Are there limits to what we can standardize?

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And when you are ready for true exchange and collaboration, why not host the first ever HEALTH OLYMPICS!?

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Some alternative models suggest that UCSF 2025 may want to stay locally focused, but be so good and effective that this builds global impact.

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Or maybe UCSF 2025 should focus on global problems that will effect all of us.

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But no matter what direction global efforts go in, UCSF 2025 should certainly be sure to not export health problems globally.

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Finally, many players are concerned that simply going global to go global may sully the brand and the effectiveness of UCSF 2025. The process needs to be conscientious and guided by a bigger goal.

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Kudos to all for an excellent and fruitful dialogue on how UCSF can build global impact! Now comes the easy part, making it happen ;-)


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#UCSF2025 – trends and insights from Twitter

The #UCSF2025 challenge is kicking into high gear. Thousands of players worldwide are imagining how UCSF can lead the way in 2025, as well as sharing what challenges will impede future success.

A snapshot of Twitter shares reveals how the UCSF community is engaging in #UCSF2025. Teams are forming across state lines and people are playing on BART in record-breaking game play! Join us for the final stretch at ucsf2025.com!


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#global CHALLENGE: Build a global footprint

For the next two hours, let’s focus on how we could Build a Global Footprint. See the challenge below and play your ideas using #global. Players with the best #global ideas will be highlighted in our blog!

The challenge: How will UCSF expand its global footprint of influence, action and impact as medical resources around the world are untethered from local institutions? How will it do so while maintaining its strong bonds with local Bay Area communities? And how do we continue to attract the best and brightest worldwide as our faculty, staff and students?

UCSF has built its foundation here as a brick-and-mortar biomedical research campus in San Francisco, with ties to both local communities and to the more than 50 countries around the world in which we work. Increasingly, medicine, health sciences research, and education are breaking out of their local silos to reach out around the world for more knowledge, more partnerships, and greater impact.

Over the next decade, new data sharing, innovative ways of collaborating and learning at a distance, and digital tools for practicing medicine remotely will expand UCSF’s already impressive global reach.


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Health Sciences #education via 2025 Open Learning Systems

In a recent exchange on the platform, player Adel, a field tech based out of UCSF Parnassus makes an interesting point about alternative possible learning systems.

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At its root, this gets at topics that have stirred quite a bit of debate in recent months. At the most basic level, the question remains: “How much will the surge of new learning tools impact universities as we know them?” However, for those engaged in the conversation, it can a bit surprising to realize that the explosion in interest in this topic has really only taken hold over the last 24 months.

Exactly two years ago, 100K+ learners around the world were just starting the first true Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), a class in Artificial Intelligence offered by Stanford and taught by rockstar professors Sebastian Thrun and Perter Norvig. Even at that early stage, individual students were already beginning to bring in additional innovations – forming Meetup Groups to replicate the peer interaction of traditional classrooms, for example.

That first class led directly to to creation of the Udacity, Coursera and EdX platforms, and early experiments in general were successful enough that they have been at the very center of subsequent conversations about the future of universities.  However, that may soon change.

As California and other states have begun to formally integrate these new players into existing higher education models, a number of critics have rightly begun to point out the limitation to open learning systems. However, the power of scalable learning platforms is not centered on new approaches to traditional higher ed functions. Instead, the offer the opportunity to rethink both the means and the ends of institutionalized learning.

Along these line, it is interesting to look at the “what if…?” projects already underway. For example:

  • What if a tuition-free online university was available to anyone on the planet? – This is the ambitious objective of the folks at University of the People.
  • What if sophisticated and affordable digital simulations could allow students to directly experience everything from protein folding to historical events? – Our experience with IFTF’s new Oculus Rift over the last few days hints that things along these lines are likely to emerge within a matter of months.
  • What if modules were offered as a la carte options for learners interested in targeted training for employability? – Dev Bootcamp’s 9-week program is intensive enough that they use an on-staff therapist to help learners cope with the experience, but average salary of graduates is around $80K. How far beyond coding could this kind of model be extended?

Indeed, over the next few years, the number of new possibilities will continue to expand dramatically. So, how will these kinds of tools redefine health sciences education?

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#education CHALLENGE: Re-envision health sciences education

For the next two hours, let’s focus on how we could Re-envision Health Sciences Education. See the challenge below and play your ideas using #education. Players with the best #education ideas will be highlighted in our blog!

The challenge: How can UCSF pioneer new platforms and practices in health sciences education that attract the most forward-focused and skilled learners, while integrating them into a rapidly changing landscape of health and medicine?

Across disciplines and around the world, education is undergoing a transformation as profound as the founding of universities and the introduction of public education. With growing costs and diminished funding for traditional classrooms—and with rapid evolution of knowledge in a highly interconnected online world—learning at every level is moving into digital spaces, both public and private.

Today, a new generation of players is entering the field to provide learning services, from global tutors and mentors to new institutions unencumbered by legacy systems, bureaucracy, regulations, and expectations. These new learning systems are creating a different kind of student, with unique skills, learning goals, and expectations of the role of education in their work lives.

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Team Play Taking Off!

We encourage #UCSF2025 players to contribute as individuals, but team play is also welcome and has really taken off in the first 22 hours of game play.

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Here’s what we’re seeing so far:

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It’s time to talk about dying

As we face an increasingly older population, it makes sense that there’s a strong focus on longevity. We want to keep those we love with us longer.

But as our aging family members and friends will require more and more care, the financial and caretaker cost may become unsustainable. So the question becomes, how do we talk about death and dying on our own terms? Allowing patient care to include improving quality of life over longevity, when and if that option makes sense?

TeamAging has been working hard to face this challenge head on. And as we move into 2025, we will need to take this effort to the next level and push ourselves past talking about dying into innovating the way we track and ease the process of dying. We are just at the beginning here.

We are beginning to chip away at this controversial topic by simply asking important questions like this one by  #Team/squirrel

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Others are expressing the need to prioritize quality of life over longevity as a strategy for future wellbeing.

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And student NYL suggested public education programs on do not resuscitate programs.

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How might you add to this conversation? How can we push our thinking into totally new spaces?


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