Panel Event: Social Innovation and Design

You’re invited to join the Delaware Design Institute for a Panel Discussion on Social Innovation and Design on April 29, 2013.   Invited speakers will present on their recent projects during the first hour.  The second hour will be devoted to audience questions and engaging discussion.  We have an excellent line up of speakers and hope you will join us for this exciting event!

Invited speakers:







Colleen Macklin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and Director of PETLab (Prototyping Evaluation, Teaching and Learning lab), a joint project of Games for Change and Parsons, supported by funding from the MacArthur Foundation, focused on developing new games, simulations, and play experiences which encourage experimental learning and investigation into social and global issues. She has led social media projects and programs with partners such as the UN and Open Society Institute (OSI), including a design fieldwork program connecting Parsons students with OSI’s Public Health programs in Africa and the former Soviet Union. In 2006-2007 Colleen was a fellow at the India China Institute at the New School investigating the use of mobile phones and location-based media in urban design with support from Nokia. In the days prior to the bubble, Colleen designed websites and interactive applications for clients such Citibank, France Telecom and Moet, and dj’ed and vj’ed at site-specific venues and for cultural institutions such as SoundLab, The Whiney Museum for American Art and Creative Time. BFA, Media Arts Pratt Institute, graduate studies in Computer Science, CUNY and International Affairs, The New School.







Dave Francino is the president and principal of Design Concepts. In Dave’s words, “We help our clients envision the future. To do this, we use the principles of design thinking to uncover, articulate and refine product, service and business opportunities. Our team of strategists, researchers, and designers provide insights and information to help our clients visualize a compelling future.”

I share my passion for innovation and experience in business to move our company forward. I am the link between design thinking and business strategy. I challenge myself to see both the forest and the trees as I lead the strategic and day-to-day business of our firm.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Lecturer, Engineering Design Projects
General Motors/Saturn: Project Manager and Lead Engineer on the team that designed the first line of Saturn automobiles 
IDEO: Product Development Engineer
Stanford University: MS, Mechanical Engineering, first in class.

It is a tremendous rush to work here with these incredible people. They leave me inspired and humbled daily.

: I’m designing a sailboat with my father — because the world needs another mediocre sailboat.







Cole Galloway is an Associate Professor at University of Delaware. Instrumental in the project “Go Baby Go!,” he desires to “provide mobility and sociability to kids with disabilities.”  While, best known for his high tech “babies driving robots” research with Sunil Agrawal, Cole Galloway has recently added a low tech version – off-the-shelf toy racecars to provide mobility to children with crawling and walking problems, empowering them to be part of the action at home, in the daycare center, or on the playground. Dr. Galloway’s research focuses on the development of exploratory behaviors of infants and young children with and without special needs. He and his academic and industry collaborators are especially interested in creating technology and training that is designed to provide radical improvement in the daily lives of children and their families.

The panel with take place in Gore Hall, Room 116, April 29 from 5pm-7pm and admission is free to the public.

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