Welcome to Columbia's Design Community!

Design at Columbia is an inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff that practice the art of making change. We are offering two sessions for Summer 2020:

  • Session 1: Intro to Design
  • Session 2: Short Design Sprints

To join this interdisciplinary design community, join our slack with your Columbia or Barnard email address.

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Design at Columbia Summer 2020

This summer, we are presenting several design sprints that will help you:

Schedule

Session 1: Intro to Design

Session 1 is now completed. It ran from May 22 to July 3. All the materials can be found here.

Session 2: Design Sprints

Session 2 builds off the skill you learned in the first half of the summer. If you missed Session 1, worry not - our design sprints will give you an overview of the key concepts you will need to get started. We will have daily project meetings from Noon-12:30pm EST each day of the sprint.

Sprint 1: July 16th – 19th

The Prompt: Your school wants to strengthen the community by encouraging ways to unite students in their interests and experiences. Design an experience that facilitates natural, inclusive and safe school programming for Fall 2020. You will need to research and decide exactly which pocket of the community you want to design for, and whether your MVP facilitates safe in-person, on-campus programming or provides an alternative solution. Consider the needs of those who plan the events, as well as the students who these events are for.

Background: On-campus programming provides opportunities for students to meet people, make friends, engage with their interests and build skills. Between clubs, sports, study groups, and simply hanging out with friends on the lawns, meeting others outside of classes is fundamental to the Columbia University experience and allows students to find communities which matter to them.

Sprint 2: July 31st – August 14th

Design at Columbia is excited to announce our next sprint of session two!

Important Information:

We have two prompts for this sprint:

Prompt 1: Your school wants to encourage students to find and build inspiring and empowering relationships with mentors. Design an experience that allows mentors and mentees to discover each other. Examples of mentorships include upperclassmen mentors to help first-years adjust to university life; industry and career mentors to advance the skills and networks of students within a particular industry; identity-based mentors to empower and grow the networks within particular communities, such as BIPOC, Latinx, FGLI. You will need to research and decide exactly which pocket of the community you want to design for, and deliver a high-fidelity prototype of your MVP by the end of the sprint. Consider the needs of both mentors and mentees, including how someone may become a mentor and how to connect mentors to mentees.

Prompt 2: Your school wants to help students graduate with a better understanding of their career options and interests. Design an experience that helps students explore opportunities for careers. Career-finding opportunities might include volunteer work, internships (full-time, part-time, remote), pre-professional organisations (on and off campus), undergraduate research, informational interviews, on-site visits etc. Keep in mind that students have differing needs and priorities when exploring career paths, including financial stability, location of work, further study requirements, prestige, and more. You will need to research and decide exactly which pocket of the community you want to design for, and deliver a high-fidelity prototype of your MVP by the end of the sprint.

This program is free to join for all Columbia and Barnard students past, present and incoming. You do not need to have any design or technical experience. We recommend watching our workshops from Session 1: Intro to Design, as these workshops will not be repeated in Session 2.

Dates: July 31st – August 14th
Sign up here. It's free!
Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, July 29th

Sprint 3: August 22nd – 23rd: Weekend Portfolio Sprint

Showcase your projects on your portfolio. Build your portfolio from scratch or revamp it over this intensive weekend sprint of portfolio feedback, career workshops/panels and networking.


Meet the Team

Perrin Anto

Interaction Designer at Google, SEAS '20

Laura Block

UX Designer at Columbia HCI Lab, CC '20

Prof Lydia Chilton

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Mark Santolucito

Columbia University, Barnard College

Faculty and Alumni Advisors

Prof Harry West

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Kristin Myers

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Hod Lipson

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Brian Smith

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Aaron Kyle

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Sarah Morrison-Smith

Barnard College, Computer Science Department

Umbreen Bhatti

Barnard College, Director Athena Center for Leadership Studies

Prof Jin Kuwata

Columbia University, Teachers College

Prof Laura Kurgan

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Adam Royalty

Designer-in-Residence at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Design

Ivy Schultz

Columbia Engineering, Director of Entrepreneurship

Prof Katie Reuther

Columbia Engineering, School of Engineering

Prof Ioannis (John) Kymissis

Columbia Engineering, School of Engineering

Julia Byrd

Associate Director at PowerBridgeNY

Jim Aloise

Columbia Technology Ventures
Executive Director at PowerBridgeNY