DMI Feature: Integrated Design Innovation: A Mindset for Designers of Tomorrow

Designing for Collaboration

Since 2013, students from US-based peer masters’ programs in Integrated Design Innovation have come together to participate in 24-hour collaborative design sprints. Every year, graduate students work with the sprint project partner to understand a focused opportunity area in healthcare or social impact, share design process practices, and bring new ideas and insights to project stakeholders. While there are many opportunities for students to participate in various competitive hackathons or design challenges, these collaborative sprints are materially different: student teams are comprised of participants from multiple universities working together, projects focus on a complex medical or social impact issue occurring over a short window of time with varying stakeholders needs and constraints, and the format provides a framework for collaborative testing and iteration of the evolving category of integrated design innovation programs.


2017 DESIGN Challenge - Northwestern


2016 Design Challenge - Penn

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2015 Design challenge - Northwestern

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2013 DESIGN Challenge - Northwestern