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.
Hear from the team at Microsoft Support about their experience sponsoring an HCDE capstone project.
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.
Interested in learning more and discussing project ideas? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Support a Student-Led Capstone Project
Submit project proposal
Deadline: October 15
Pitch day + teams formed
Requested Supporter commitment
Due by project launch (January)
Project work + mentorship
|January – June
Project completed + project presentations at HCDE Capstone Showcase
Benefits of supporting 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 supporter
- Receive leadership opportunities for company mentors
- Gain in-depth student interaction and opportunity for recruitment
Note: Typically, student projects do not require an IRB (institutional review board), however, if supporters do require an IRB, we ask that the sponsor applies for an IRB in October or November and contact email@example.com.