Design for America’s headquarters at Northwestern University, just outside of Chicago, gives us unique access to top leaders in social entrepreneurship and civic technology. We had the pleasure of being interviewed by one of these leaders, Adam Hecktman, for the web series Big Shoulders – which features Chicago’s leaders and drivers of civic technology and … Read More
“It wasn’t like, ‘I have this idea’, but rather, ‘I have a problem I want to solve’. How do we help people build better habits?” MOTI is a startup founded by former DFA Fellow and Student Kayla Matheus. The product is a smart companion that helps you build healthy habits, and has been featured in … Read More
Along with receiving a DFA Impact Grant, the DFA Yale project Illumiloon made a name for itself as part of the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, TX this year by partnering with the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Tom’s Guide coverage of SXSW said, “The Illumiloon from Yale University was one of the simplest … Read More
Yuri Malina must have been a busy guy at Northwestern University in Chicago. Aside from his classes, studying math and physics in the school’s Integrated Science Program, the young scientist and entrepreneur co-founded Design for America, a nationwide network of student-run studios that create design-based solutions for local problems. He also somehow found time to … 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 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!
A couple of weeks ago, Design for America was pleased and proud to be a part of Chicago Ideas Week 2011 in more ways than one! For those who aren’t familiar, Chicago Ideas Week was the brainchild of Brad Keywell, co-founder of Groupon and Lightbank, who spoke to Melissa Harris of the Chicago Tribune about … Read More
“With Stars in their Eyes, DFA Students want to change the world,” is the title of Fast Company’s feature on Design for America. And this couldn’t ring more true. As we just witnessed the breadth of energy and enthusiasm from our Summer Leadership Studio, we know that DFA students, now at eight universities throughout the … Read More