Design Thinking Challenge
Spring 2018 Challenge
Did you know that most employers want to see that a college graduate has experience working on a team and solving complex problems?
Join a diverse team of students or create your own team to work together to participate in this Design Thinking Challenge, where you will complete a series of deliverables to address the Challenge posed to UA students by the Client, described below. The top teams will earn prizes!
Register below or attend an upcoming Info Session to learn more. Open to any degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student; all majors.
What is Design Thinking?
Design Thinking offers a new way of seeing, understanding and operating in the world. It is a robust process which involves empathetic, human-centered observation, critical research and analysis, innovation, and experimentation. With an emphasis on visualizing information and testing ideas, the fundamental principles of Design Thinking can be applied to a wide variety of academic disciplines and professional sectors.
Working in multi-disciplinary teams of students, you will propose innovative solutions to clients' challenges using the design thinking process. Each team works with a mentor to guide them through the process, including pitching ideas to clients and judges. Depending on the challenge, winning teams will have the opportunity to implement their ideas. There is no cost to participate, and they support all levels of ability, from beginner to advanced.
Accelerating Change: From Consuming to Conserving
The Challenge: UA Facilities Management (UAFM) would like to develop a behavioral campaign to gauge and raise UA community awareness and concern for energy efficiency around campus. The winning Design Team will develop a series of campaign materials that can be utilized by Facilities Management to influence changes in energy consumption behaviors on campus in cooperation with other UA entities and stakeholders identified by both Facilities Management and the Design Teams.
What do I need to do to participate?
(tentative dates are subject to change)