“College campus safety is a key issue for local students and their parents. Now, colleges and universities are coming up with high tech solutions, and on one Chicago area campus, students are providing an innovative answer themselves. There’s safety in numbers, they say, but here Northwestern University, some students realized their peers were not heeding that advice. “Five of the past six crime alerts were people walking alone,” said Cassie Coravos, NU student.” Check out GroupWalks full story here and check-out their video feature below!
We had the pleasure of interviewing Ralph King, the inspiring and talented filmmaker of Extreme by Design, a documentary film. Design for America has had the exclusive opportunity to pre-screen the film at its studios around the country. The film itself focuses on a team of college students from the Stanford design school and their experiences as they engage in the process of designing products that address huge issues for the world’s poor. Watch the trailer here!
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 to receive their Champion Award for our active engagement with their network and encouraging teams to apply. Check all the DFA teams who applied here. We look forward to working with DSIC in the future!
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 in North Carolina- learn what it takes to bring your idea into the world and make a difference in people’s lives
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!
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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, multi-sensory experience through light, touch, and sound, to play and interact with each other.
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 Children’s Museum on their prospective “Tinkering” exhibit. We worked with our partner to define “tinkering,” explore existing successful spaces, and generate ideas for the future exhibit.
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 successes and be adaptable and sustainable over time.
Our very own fellows, Thea Klein-Mayer and Kayla Matheus, attended the 2013 event to accept the award on behalf of DFA.