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About Design The Future

Design the Future is DC Design’s award-winning Design Thinking & STEM summer program in which small teams of high school students design and build products for individuals with disabilities (our Project Partners).

Design the Future: Digital is the next iteration of this program offering students from all over the world the chance to participate remotely. In this two-week program, June 14-26, 2021, students will learn and employ Design Thinking as they build real apps that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

About Design The Future

Design the Future is DC Design’s award-winning Design Thinking & STEM summer program in which small teams of high school students design and build products for individuals with disabilities (our Project Partners).

Design the Future: Digital is the next iteration of this program offering students from all over the world the chance to participate remotely. In this two-week program, June 14-26, 2021, students will learn and employ Design Thinking as they build real apps that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Each Design the Future program is staffed by the following team members:

1-2 Design Lead Facilitators

Education and Human-centered Design professionals.

1-2 Technical Lead Facilitators

Education and computer science or app design professionals.

Design Coaches

Upper-level university students and industry professionals who are passionate about human-centered design, engineering, computer science, youth mentorship, disability awareness, and social impact; 1 Coach for every team of 4-5 students.

Project Partners

Individuals with physical disabilities who are passionate about disability awareness, youth mentorship, and design; 1 Project Partner for every team of 4-5 students.

WHAT IS A PROJECT PARTNER?

Project Partners are the core of the program. A team of four to five students will work to design and prototype a solution to a challenge you face in your life. Teams will interview you to learn more about you, your everyday life, and the specific challenges you face. The information and insight you provide will guide the students into building an innovative, one-of-a-kind product just for you!

CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD PROJECT PARTNER

Open to sharing experiences and challenges with students.

Not everyone is comfortable talking about their disability, and that’s perfectly fine. We’re looking for someone willing to say “here’s the disability I have, and here are the challenges associated with it.”

Gracious, taking a learning perspective.

They are willing to give leeway to those who make mistakes. How do we be compassionate toward the fact that these kids are scared and they don’t know how to talk about disability? When someone doesn’t know what words to use, how can we help the students navigate?

Generous about the outcome of the prototypes.

This is a learning experience with high school students. There’s the possibility that this app might impact someone’s life, or the app might not turn out well. Be understanding of that fact.

Able to articulate clear challenges.

Most people aren’t sitting around voicing their experiences as challenges. What are the three challenges that the students might be able to work on? Think of things that the students could actually do something about, something that’s not too highly technical, and also not too prescriptive.

Flexibility!!

Things will move quickly, and everyone on the team will be stretched. Calm, patience, an exploratory mindset, professionalism, and willingness to have fun are all elements of flexibility.

Confidence.

Project Partners won’t always know the answer, but they should have faith that they have what it takes to find it.

Willingness to be passive, when appropriate.

The students have to build the prototype; the Project Partner or Coach shouldn’t build it all for them. Sometimes the students might go in a direction different from the direction you would go in. Coaches and Project Partners are the rails, marking the range of space a team could wander through to get done in 10 days.

For more information about position requirements, hours, pay, and additional details, please visit our FAQs page.

APPLY TO BE A PROJECT PARTNER

By clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to an external application site to create an account and complete your application. If you have any questions or need support at any time, please email us at [email protected]ltd.com.

We look forward to receiving your application!

APPLY NOW