Design-a-thon for Social Good

Design-a-thon for Social Good

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How can we apply human-centered design to reduce inequity and enhance social good?

Design-a-thon for Social Good
April 10 – 11 & April 17 – 18, 2021
See agenda for schedule

 

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If 2020 has highlighted anything, it is that the need for social change in America is an urgent matter. After a year of heightened widespread social inequities, it is clear that our society and systems have major imperfections. During a time of social unrest, what can future human-centered designers do to imagine a future we would like to see?

In the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, we celebrate diversity, and support and acknowledge challenges that people from traditionally underrepresented populations have faced. In the Design Jam + Workshop for Social Good, we will design to support social problems faced by members of the LGBTQI+A, Able/Disable, Underrepresented Minority, Womxn, and International communities by partnering with members of our Student Resource Groups

For this multi-day event, we ask: how can HCDE students apply human-centered design to reduce inequity and enhance social good? Workshop prizes include private meetings with top-level DE&I experts in industry roles.

AGENDA

  • Saturday, April 10
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST

    Introductions; scoping, empathy and research
  • Sunday, April 11
    11 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST

    Ideating and beginning prototyping
  • Saturday, April 17
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST

    Prototyping feedback
  • Sunday, April 18
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST

    Final presentations and judging

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

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Liz Juhnke
Principal Experience Designer & Boeing Associate Technical Fellow

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Steven Wakabayashi

Steven Wakabayashi is the founder of QTBIPOC Design – an organization that provides free and accessible design education, mentorship, and networking opportunities to LGBTQ+ designers of color. After leading creative teams on some of the biggest brands including Apple, Salesforce, Sephora, Mercedes-Benz, and Samsung, he is now dedicating himself to bring more diversity and equity to creative teams around the world.

WORKSHOP JUDGES

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Jeremy Barksdale 

Jeremy Barksdale served on the City's Planning Commission prior to City Council. He now serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Eastside and Fuse Washington.
He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science (with a concentration in HCI) and a master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Jeremy earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Production with a minor in Business Administration, and a master of science degree in Computer Science with a concentration in software engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. Jeremy’s personal interests include volunteering in the community, playing musical instruments, singing, reading, hiking and biking. He is a Bellevue City Councilmember and a User Experience Researcher at Unity, a company in downtown Bellevue that develops a platform for building games and extended reality environments, Jeremy has worked in the tech industry for much of his career. He uses his skills to promote equity, community engagement, and improvements in the city's services.

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Julie Kientz

Julie Kientz is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE). She is also Director of the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning (CHiLL) Lab and is active in the University of Washington's Design Use Build (DUB) Group alliance. Her research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and health informatics. In particular, Kientz is interested in determining how novel computing applications can address important issues in health and education and evaluating those applications through long-term real world deployment studies using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods. Her most recent research involves the design and evaluation of computing technologies to support parents tracking the developmental progress and health of their newborn children, individuals with sleep disorders, and families with children with autism.

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Abigale Stangl

Abigale Stangl is an academic researcher working at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility research. She is currently a NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellow working at the University of Washington with Dr. Leah Findlater. Her research contributes to the design of technologies that make visual information (images and video) accessible through touch and sound (e.g., AI-powered visual assistance applications and tactile interfaces); and inclusive design experiences and a community of practice focused on the creation of tactile media and multimodal literacy. Her mission is to address the social and technical barriers that prevent people with disabilities from gaining access to information and developing critical media and information literacies.

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Steven Wakabayashi

Steven Wakabayashi is the founder of QTBIPOC Design – an organization that provides free and accessible design education, mentorship, and networking opportunities to LGBTQ+ designers of color. After leading creative teams on some of the biggest brands including Apple, Salesforce, Sephora, Mercedes-Benz, and Samsung, he is now dedicating himself to bring more diversity and equity to creative teams around the world.