Summer of Design 2014: Applying Design Thinking to Local Problems

  • July 22, 2014 · 7:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTE: DT:DC’s Summer of Design is a series of events that will run from mid-June through mid-September. Locations/ dates for specific events will be released to participants as they are finalized in the coming weeks. 

Are you ready for something different? 

Do you want to change and impact the community right here in DC? Join us this summer and apply design thinking to real-world, local problems! 

The Summer of Design offers participants a facilitated, team-based design thinking experience for local impact. DT:DC’s Summer of Design is a series of events where DT:DC members use design thinking to address real problems faced by organizations in our local community. 

This team-based design competition includes introductory workshops and a multi-week design challenge. After the workshops, each team works independently and structures its own approach to researching, prototyping and designing their solution. The core activity of the Summer of Design is the design challenge. 


The Summer of Design will consist of seven events. Details will be added here as they are confirmed:

Empathy Workshop: We'll take a deep dive into user research and empathy-building, the first step of the design thinking process, in this workshop. We'll also ask you for your preferences to help us form teams for the challenge phase of SOD. Tuesday, July 22, 7:00-9:00 (6:30 networking); George Mason University Arlington Campus Room 466 in Founders Hall, (the MPR room)

Challenge Kick-Off Happy Hour: Plan to be at this event to hear the announcement of the challenges and partner organizations. We'll gather over drinks and snacks to learn more about these local organizations' challenges and their pitches for you to help them solve them. Thursday, July 31; Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant - 808 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20024, 6pm - 9pm, Chinatown Metro

Partner Organization Empathy Event: Each partner organization will host the teams working on their challenge, along with users and stakeholders in the challenge. You'll have the chance to interview these people to understand their backgrounds and roles in the challenge problem. Tentatively the week of August 11th

Synthesis & Reframing Workshop: Rebecca Horton will lead a workshop teaching methods for synthesizing primary research data and reframing problem statements based on research insights. Bring your findings with you to work as you learn! Monday, August 25th

Co-Creation & Testing: Partner organizations will host teams once again to receive feedback from stakeholders on prototypes and work together to make improvements to them. Tentatively the week of September 8th

Design Fair: Solutions will be showcased and our work will be celebrated with the broader DT:DC community at a "science fair"-style event. Tentatively the week of September 22nd


Communications:
The vast majority of information about the Summer of Design will be communicated via a google group for SOD participants. Exact event locations, dates, and times will be posted there. Group communications, such as introductions, challenge information, and teaming discussions will also occur on that site. When you sign up for SOD you will receive an invite for the google group. Make sure to accept it!


Fee and Refunds: 
The cost for the Summer of Design covers workshop materials, event space, and other costs associated with operating the summer of design for three months. Refunds are available until 2 weeks before the Empathy Workshop. After that, there will be no refunds. 

The Wait List Process: 
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  • Tiffani B.

    I was not able to make the event last Thursday. I would like to know what the challenges were and what the next steps will be? Also, has a google group been established so that participants can stay connected in between workshops? Any update would be helpful. Thank you.

    1 · August 6

  • Nathan R.

    Details for Thursday's (7/31) SOD Happy Hour:

    Location: Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant - 808 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20024
    Time: 6pm - 9pm
    Closest Metro: Chinatown

    1 · July 29

    • Tiffani B.

      Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to this event, but would love to get updated on what took place. Thank you.

      August 1

  • Andrea S.

    Is it too late to get on the wait list? Thanks!

    July 31

  • Ashley P.

    Can anyone confirm location for tonight? Is this event still happening?

    July 22

    • Mariana B.

      Mason. Arlington campus

      1 · July 22

    • Nathan R.

      That's correct. George Mason University Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Room 466 (the MPR room), 3301 N Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201, between the Clarendon and Virginia Square Metro stations.

      July 22

  • Dhruv

    glad the event is at mason in arlington. What's spooky is I was going to suggest having it there as its such a great building and close to me personally :) I had another meetup near there at 6 back to back. it's great how things just work out sometime. (George Mason University Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Room 466 (the MPR room), 3301 N Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201, between the Clarendon and Virginia Square Metro stations.)

    July 21

  • yuan

    Do we have location for next Tuesday?

    2 · July 14

  • Vinita P.

    Is DT:DC accepting any more participants for this series. I just came across the event and I am very interested in joining if available.

    July 14

  • Elizabeth Forbes W.

    Are certain skill sets required to participate as a team member? What types of organizations will be served in this process? Do they also pay a fee to participate as a host?

    July 7

  • MaxineM

    This is an amazing line up of events. Unfortunately, I have to take a pass in signing up as the dates overlap with my being out of town.

    July 2

  • Camila Garcia V.

    Hi everyone. Any update about The location?

    3 · June 29

    • Nathan R.

      Camila, apologies for the copy/paste, but I'll make sure your question is answered.

      Locations will be different for each of the events, which is why there isn't one listed on the page. We're still working on finalizing those spaces, and will reach out to everyone signed up once the spaces have been set.

      1 · July 2

  • Kenneth W.

    Hello everyone,
    What is the location for the event?

    1 · June 30

    • Nathan R.

      Locations will be different for each of the events, which is why there isn't one listed on the page. We're still working on finalizing those spaces, and will reach out to everyone signed up once the spaces have been set.

      July 2

  • Amy C.

    What time of day do these events take place?

    July 2

    • Nathan R.

      All events will take place in the "after-work" frame that our normal Meet-Ups do, generally 7:00-9:00, with the possibility of starting as early as 6:00.

      July 2

  • Mariana B.

    Are we meeting today? If so, where?

    July 1

    • Mariana B.

      I just realized is not happening today

      July 1

  • Erica

    Hi there, I never received the form just posted below when I paid online for the course. Unfortunately, I am unable to make most of this course due to travel. I apologize to everyone for posting here, but I've sent several emails/messages without any responses --- is there one person that I could contact for assistance and a refund?

    http://nathanritter.com/SOD-Partner-Form.pdf

    June 30

  • Mason M.

    Hi there,

    I am really excited to hear about SOD starting up again (last year's projects were amazing), and look forward to participating myself. I just had 2 quick questions:
    Has a partnership or project focus been decided on yet?
    Is there a cap on the amount of participants?

    Thanks for the help and I look forward to working with you all.

    June 19

    • Ryann H.

      Mason! Thank you for your interest. We'd cap the participants at 100 and partners/projects have yet to be decided. We're still accepting applications, if you know of a great org. with a compelling challenge, please share this form with them: http://nathanritter.c...­

      June 25

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