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OpenIDEO DC is the Washington, DC Chapter of the OpenIDEO community. We use Design Thinking methods and Human-Centered research to collaboratively tackle problems facing underserved people and communities:

• Nurturing Human-Centered Design (HCD) in the DC area by offering hands-on opportunities to learn, practice, use, and teach HCD methods for developing stakeholder empathy and solving tough social problems.

• Encouraging social entrepreneurs to develop solutions to problems facing typically disenfranchised groups and to join our community, collaborate, and share lessons learned.

• Developing partnerships with local businesses, government, and nonprofits to advance HCD, social entrepreneurship, and promote social justice.


Who We Serve

OpenIDEO DC meetup members & OpenIDEO
Local stakeholders in community projects 
DC Metro area community
Partner organizations (Startup Weekend DC, National Day of Civic Hacking, Impact Hub DC)
Sponsor organizations (General Assembly, WeWork & Breather)



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Founded Jan 30, 2015

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