Design Thinking 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 to 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.
“Getting involved on campus as a freshman is the best way to make campus and college life start to feel like home. It’s a great way to learn, gain experiences that’ll make you a better student, and make some friends. Being a part of something big is really rewarding. I got involved in the Design Thinking Challenge because I care about sustainability, I wanted to get involved at the UA, and I wanted to make some new friends. It was a great choice; I got to do all of those things!”