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 in 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 process: user research, ideation, prototyping, implementation, and evaluation. More Project guidelines here »

Interested in learning more and discussing project ideas? Contact hcdecap@uw.edu.

How to Sponsor a Capstone

Submit Project Proposal »
Companies can submit project proposals for both MS and BS programs.

Proposals Accepted: August-December
Deadlines: December 1

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 $2,500 per selected project to cover project and program costs. 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 Open House


Benefits of Sponsoring a Project

  • Get hundreds of hours from a team of students skilled in user research and interaction design
  • Gain a fresh perspective on a problem or area of interest
  • In-depth student interaction and recruitment opportunity
  • Brand exposure with highly competitive students
  • Professional development and leadership opportunity for a company mentor
  • Connection to UW and recognition as a valued HCDE sponsor and investor in student career development

Questions? Contact Liz at hcdecap@uw.edu.


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