3M Leadership Studio 2014 Recap!

3M-Logo-Red-Pro-size-300x160Over 70 DFAers from all 21 studios spent four intense days in the Ford Design Center at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering for the 4th annual Leadership Studio sponsored by 3M! The long weekend had three major themes to learn about human-centered design as applied to those affected by breast cancer, the design of their studio, and the design of their lives as innovators throughout their careers.

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DFA 2014 Awards

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DFA wanted to take a moment to recognize some of the wonderful people and projects that make DFA happen this year. To do so, we asked the community who we should highlight! Check out the award categories here and those recognized below!

Introducing: New DFA Fellows!

DFA is excited to introduce our three new national Fellows! Throughout the year they will be mentoring studios to build student leadership and help implement projects as well as working on organizational projects to grow our community and improve DFA inside and out!

Announcing New Studios for 2014!

With an ever-toughening application process, 73 schools from around the country applied to be a DFA studio in our most competitive application year to date. After establishing a community, selecting a project topic, and flying a DFA team member out to campus to lead an introductory design-thinking workshop,  ten schools made it into the final round. After rigorous and intense interviews to assess leadership, commitment, and campus fit, DFA is proud to announce that the follow four schools are the newest studios in the DFA network! Learn about their campus and watch their application project videos below.

Driving Independence for Older Adults


This past fall, DFA embarked on a sponsored project with Chrysler Group LLC investigating driver independence for older adults through the lenses of: navigation, alerts & warnings, and staying connected.

SwipeSense Among Top 3 Start Ups of the Year

WSJSOTYThe Wall Street Journal start-up of the year competition, which began with 24 startups in June, matches young companies with global business leaders and influencers, and tracks their progress from startup to success over the course of five months.

DFA’s SwipeSense aims to reduce hospital-acquired infections, which kill an estimated 90,000 people per year in the United States, by providing hospital staff with portable, trackable hand-sanitation devices.

About the size of a pager, the hand-sanitizing system affixes to health professionals’ belts and dispenses sanitizer at the swipe of a hand. A wireless tracking system monitors how often the wearer sanitizes his or her hands.

What is Loft.io?

This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to developmental updates from Loft.io, a new digital platform for the DFA community.

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With 17 studios across the nation, hundreds of projects and thousands of members, DFA is no doubt a large community. Yet, common goals hold this large network together. Balancing these two paradigms, Loft.io hopes to bring together the DFA community through common interests and shared experiences within a digital platform that aims to foster a nurturing online community.

DFA Creators’ Exchange!

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Last week, we partnered with incubator + co-working space PARISOMA to host the first-ever Creators’ Exchange! DFA teams from UC Davis and UC Berkeley, along with alumni and professionals/mentors, congregated in the heart of San Francisco for a day of idea exchanging, collaboration, and conversation.

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