Announcing: 2013 Social Innovation Contest!

The Delaware Design Institute Social Innovation Contest

Be creative.        Make a difference.        Win $$$
                                        

“Social innovation is “a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals”

-Phills, J. A., Deiglmeier, K., & Miller, D. T. (2008). Rediscovering social innovation. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Design a Social Innovation

Design a “product”/solution that effectively addresses a specific social problem! Your solution must be:

  1. Unique
  2. Solve the problem (achieve the goal/s)
  3. Sustainable—economic, social, environmental
  4. Integrative—striving for feasibility, viability, desirability
  5. Make a positive difference for people (that is the social part!)

The contest rules:

  • Multidisciplinary teams– minimum 3, maximum 6- must formally represent (employed, declared major, etc.) at least 3 disciplines
  • Identified, focused “problem” within a broader “wicked” problem
  • One “free” consulting session with a design judge:-)

With additional bonus points for:

  1. A real world client
  2. A detailed implementation plan and budget
  3. Some actual activities toward implementation

Teams are encouraged to utilize the many valuable facets of design thinking and design processes, including:

  1. Gathering user-centered data and perspectives
  2. Collaboration (and perhaps co-design)
  3. Iteration (i.e. prototyping, piloting, etc.)
  4. Clearly incorporating divergent and convergent thinking—through all phases
  5. Utilizing multi- and/or cross-disciplinary perspectives

Contest begins TODAY! Final products and presentations due Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (Reading Day)

Register your team today by emailing Tony Middlebrooks at tmiddleb@udel.edu
Please include full names and affiliations of all team members.

 

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