Design Forward SD | Take Action with Design Forward 2017
Designing a community today while designing the San Diego of tomorrow. Design Forward is a living, breathing, growing movement centered on our local community and branching outward. Well before the Design Forward 17 Summit in October, we are engaging with local leadership and design talent to make positive change and foster discussion about the challenges we face in both public and private sectors.
Design Forward Summit, Design Forward Alliance, Civic Challenges, Mobility, San Diego Padres, Design Advocates, Community, UCSD
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Building a community today while designing the region of tomorrow.

Design Forward is a living, breathing, growing movement using the San Diego region as an incubator – a living lab – for how design can influence our future. Before the DF17 Summit in October 2017, we are engaging with local leadership and design talent to make positive change and foster discussion about the challenges we face in both public and private sectors.

The Design Forward Alliance will host a series of events built to inspire and mobilize a wide variety of interests. These events represent the jumping-off point of a ongoing commitment and promise to the community.

JULY 2017
“DESIGNING EXPERIENCES”

Wayne Partello – SVP, CMO, San Diego Padres

  • Mixer for local business and design leaders
  • Design experiences for your audience
  • July 27th at Urban Discovery Academy
SEPTEMBER 2017
“BASECAMP FOR SUMMIT”

Local Design Leaders

  • Workshop for design advocates
  • Provide attendees design thinking toolkit
  • September 27th at WeWork Downtown SD

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OCTOBER 2017
“DESIGNING YOUR LIFE”

Distinguished and Special Guests

  • Free kick-off & mixer for Summit attendees
  • Tickets available for the community
  • Leave inspired and energized

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Start building Connections and our Community

Design for San Diego’s Inaugural Civic 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.

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