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HCDE Capstone Projects

Every year, HCDE offers capstone classes to both undergraduate and graduate level students as a culminating experience that synthesizes materials learned across all courses within their degree program.

About HCDE Capstones

HCDE capstones provide the opportunity for UW students and industry partners to work together to address real-world issues using human-centered design and engineering. Capstone projects are student-run, large-scale projects that encompass two quarters of student work. Projects should touch on at least two components of the human-centered design: user research, ideation, prototyping, and evaluation. Occasionally, students engage in implementation as well, depending on student background.

Project Proposal Guidelines Submit a Capstone Proposal

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How to Sponsor a Capstone

Submit project proposal between August 5 – November 15
Faculty capstone instructors review all proposals and assign them to either a Bachelor's or Master's program cohort for pitch day, based on best fit (preferences can be indicated and will be considered).

Deadline: November 15

Pitch day + teams formed
Companies pitch projects to students at UW campus. Students select projects and form teams of 3 to 5 students.


Sponsorship commitment
Sponsors commit to a $5,000 tax-deductible donation per selected project. HCDE Corporate Affiliate Strategic Partners receive one free capstone per year of membership. A limited number of discounted and gratis projects available for non-profit, start-up, and government partners.

Due by project launch (January)

Project work + sponsor mentorship
Capstone teams work on projects for two quarters, including one planning quarter. It is recommended that companies provide at least one mentor to meet with the team regularly for the duration of the project.

January – June

Project deliverables completed + capstone presentations at HCDE Capstone Showcase

Early June 2022

Benefits of sponsoring a project

  • Get hundreds of hours from a team of students skilled in user research, human-centered design methods, and interaction design
  • Discover a fresh perspective on a problem or area of interest
  • Connect with UW and gain recognition as a valued HCDE sponsor
  • Receive leadership opportunities for company mentors
  • Gain in-depth student interaction and opportunity for recruitment


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