2-WEEK TEEN SUMMER DESIGN PROGRAM
Teens 13 to 18
Date: M-F, June 13-24, 2022
Time: 9 AM PST or 12 PM EST to 2:00 PM PST or 5 PM EST Daily.
Design Expo Event:
Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: 10 AM PST/12 PM EST
Students learn and implement the key aspects of the Design Thinking process - a creative, empathy-based problem solving approach utilized by many of the world’s great innovators and leaders.
Students gain an understanding of UX & UI fundamentals and design methods such as persona creation, storyboarding, wireframing, and app design and apply it during product development.
Individuals with disability serve as design clients and mentors to the students, sharing their lived experiences and mentoring students in designing for accessibility and inclusivity.
Students learn from industry experts in Social Impact Design and STEM, and young professionals in human-centered design and technology who are passionate about mentorship, disability awareness, and social impact.
Over the course of the program, students build real apps that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and turn their ideas into reality!
Develop long-lasting friendships and become part of an uplifting community that strives to make a difference in the world, just like you do!
But…Is Design the Future right for me?
Design the Future IS incredible…but it isn’t for everyone. You should only apply to our 2022 class if you:
If a number of these things get you fired up, let’s get started!
Let's blaze a new trail and be the leaders, not the followers of tomorrow -
as true World-Changers!
40 + hours of guidance and mentorship by professionals for teens that will be college bound: Designers, university design students, experts in engineering, and more.
Fantastic speakers in the areas of health, mobility, design, engineering, assistive technology, autonomous living, entrepreneurship, and more
and building a functional app,
while also learning the skills needed
to do it time and time again.
Real-world Design Thinking
knowledge as used and taught by
DC Design and the Stanford University
design school (the d.school)..
Life-changing insights from Project Partners about living with a disability and the importance of designing human-centered products.
and membership in a select community of like-minded peers, all striving to make the world better.
The chance to solve a real problem
that negatively impacts your
Project Partner’s life.
An understanding of UX & UI Design methods like persona creation, storyboarding, wireframing, app layout, app design, and more!
Possibly, the best experience of your life!
We're looking for students who are curious, motivated and want to make the world a better place.
Is that you?
“The week I spent at the Design The Future summer camp was one of the most professionally motivating experiences I've had all throughout high school.”
Any student who is in the 8th - 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year can participate.
As long as they have access to...
A Computer or Laptop
A Webcam (We Use Zoom)
A Good Attitude!
High school students from all across the world will be taking part in Design the Future: Digital! Will you?
Industry experts and educators in fields of Social Impact Design, Engineering, Computer Science and UX/UI who guide students through the core learning principles and design processes. Each program is led by 4 facilitators.
An award winning social impact designer, Founder and CEO of DC Design, and Creator of Design the Future. He designs solutions that improve the quality of life of those who have often been forgotten by mainstream society. He has worked to redesign aspects of the foster care system, develop new approaches to criminal justice reform, reimagine healthcare service models, create apps that connect communities, and develop new educational models for the 21st century. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), Durell is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its famous Institute of Design (the Stanford d.school). He is also an avid anime fan!
Has nearly 20 years experience in design, including graphic design and illustration, UI/UX design, rapid prototyping, and user research. He is also self-taught in coding. Tony has held design director positions in several national organizations and start-ups including, Director of User Experience, Wellthon; Director of Product & User Experience, Round Barn Labs; and Senior Product UX Designer, Quotient Technology Inc. Additionally, Tony is a CareerFoundry mentor where he helps people around the world build careers in iOS Development, UI Design, Web Development and UX Design. He lives with a disability called Osteogenesis-Imperfecta which affects the endocrine system and skeletal structure, and uses both a manual and electric wheelchair to get around.
She graduated from Stanford in 2017 where she studied Mechanical Engineering. Since graduating, Bianka has been working on some awesome top secret projects at Google X, a place where radical new technologies are created to solve some of the world's hardest problems. On the side, Bianka has her own business making and selling crystal jewelry.
Upper-level university students and young professionals in design, engineering and computer science who are passionate about human-centered design, youth mentorship, disability awareness and social impact. Each Design Coach guides a team of 4-5 students through their 2 weeks of prototyping, team building, and learning processes.
A recent graduate from The Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and a concentration in Industrial Design. He has design and programming experience in SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Python, SQL, Figma and is eager to learn more. He loves the design and creation process and truly believes there is no limit to growth and no end in the life journey of curiosity.
A rising junior studying communication and experience design at Carnegie Mellon University, with minors in Human-Computer Interaction and Intelligent Environments. She is passionate about design, fine art, and service, and has previous design internship experience working at a wellness tech startup and an energy innovation institute. Caitlyn is excited to apply her design experience and collaborate on impactful projects.
A Haida, from the people of Haida Gwaii, and is a junior at the University of Washington studying Informatics with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction. He is passionate about the power dynamics of design, has worked with youth in both education and coaching. He has experience with Figma, and front-end programming languages, and is looking to expand his toolkit with ideation programs.
Individuals with physical disabilities who are passionate about disability awareness, youth mentorship and design. Each Project Partner serves as a design client to a team of 4-5 students, sharing their lived experiences and mentoring students in designing for accessibility and inclusivity.
An artist, a retired: art teacher (grades K-College), clinical social worker, and computer graphic designer. She is an individual with multiple disabilities: a mobility challenge, a bipolar disorder, and a visual impairment. She has been a chair of the Consumer Advisory Council and formerly represented consumers on the Board of Directors of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in Santa Clara County. She has also been on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC).
A disability inclusion activist. She works full-time in finance and volunteers in various committees and boards to promote accessibility and inclusion within community and workplace. Michele is quadriplegic as result of a spinal cord injury from a motor vehicle accident. Michele is joining Design the Future because she is interested in the idea of inclusive design and development, and universal design. As an end user and consumer, she finds her disability has not been considered in almost all the products she uses.
A fashion/product designer & creative director with his own company, L.PIERRE, specializing in demi couture with studios in Lexington, KY & NYC. He is currently studying at RISD in Product Development & Manufacturing at a masters level. He is on the all volunteer organizer team for the Lexington chapter of CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series, designed for creative communities. He was an Arts community representative on the Grants committee of LexArts, a cultural development and fund raising organization in Lexington,KY.