Our very own Design for America fellow, Thea Klein-Mayer, was a featured speaker at TEDxUChicago 2013 on Saturday, May 11th. “TEDxUChicago is a local, independently organized event at the University of Chicago that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world´s leaders, thinkers, and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about… … Read More
The Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC) identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors. This year, DFA is honored … Read More
Design for America had the honor of winning an Ashoka U Cordes Innovation Award this year! As Ashoka states, the award goes to innovative programs, practices, or models on university settings that focus on creating or advancing positive entrepreneurial, social, or environmental impact of various forms. Such a program should have a track record of … Read More
Design for America was recently recognized as 2013 Ashoka U – Cordes Innovation Awards winner. Forbes is featuring a series highlighting some of the most high-impact and replicable innovations in social entrepreneurship education. DFA is honored to be included in this so we are reposting the article below!
Bringing Jerry the Bear to life has been a long and winding journey. Check out Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung’s recent presentation at Northwestern University where they share the FULL story of how they got Jerry the Bear started. Full of great stories from hip surgery to factory visits in China, bear suites, and bowling … Read More
Exciting News! The Autism Sensory Wall by DFA Oregon’s team is a semi-finalist for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, and they need your votes! CLICK HERE to register and vote! This project revolves around the difficulties of interaction for non-verbal children with autism. It has specifically focused in on how they can engage in an immersive, … Read More
Tinker Turf, a DFA Northwestern summer studio project from 2011, has been implemented by the Chicago Children’s Museum! Read more about the project and the team’s design process! How did you guys get started with the project? Our team was brought together through the 2011 DFA Summer Studio to partner and work with the Chicago … Read More
Design for America does its best to use good design to find solutions to real world issues. Our student teams and community members work together to create this kind of local and social impact, and this includes getting help from professionals in the field. Here, we’ve interviewed Brian Maggi, a DFA Anchor for Northwestern University, who … Read More
We interviewed our friends at DFA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about their project, the Blue Button Narrative. The Blue Button re-envisions the patient’s medical record to make it intuitive and therefore actively engage the patient in his/her own health. Read more about their design process and its unique results!
Luna Lights is a project that started at the DFA Summer Studio 2013 at Northwestern University. It focuses on providing a way for older adults to safely and conveniently navigate through their homes at night and therefore prevent falling. Check out the intense process they went through to get to their concept! How did … Read More