San Diego’s Inaugural Design Challenge: Mobility
Design Forward has partnered with Design for San Diego (D4SD) to host a human-centered design challenge around the complex issue of mobility.
We all have places to go and people to see. Whether for work or play—and by car, bike, train, bus, boat, or foot—mobility significantly affects millions in on a daily basis. San Diego is culturally and economically diverse, as well as geographically dispersed, which makes getting around the city a rich issue to explore. The themes in the 2017 Civic Design Challenge investigate mobility concerns currently facing San Diegans while looking towards the future of urban transportation.
On Sept. 21, SCALE SD will host the D4SD kick-off event at at Downtown Works featuring San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Design Lab Director Don Norman. The challenge begins the next day, Sept. 22, with a design sprint and hackathon, also at Downtown Works, for participants to generate ideas, form teams and rapidly prototype a concept.
Teams that enter the challenge will showcase their solutions on Oct. 25-26 at the Design Forward 2017 Summit in Liberty Station.
The best solutions will earn prizes and private one-on-one meetings with startup investors.
Throughout the process, participants will have opportunities to work with and learn from UC San Diego Design Lab educators and the City of San Diego data science team, using the city’s Open Data portal.
The challenge is open to anyone who wants to improve mobility in San Diego, from students and senior citizens to entrepreneurs and designers.