Design Week

The first-ever Design Week at NYU Tandon School of Engineering was off to a great start! This series of events brought together students from various schools, programs and disciplines across NYU to learn about ideation, design, prototyping and bringing their ideas to life! Here are some highlights from the week:

Day 1 – Panel Discussion on Design Thinking

The first event was a panel discussion on “Design Thinking: A buzzword or a holy grail to Innovation” when we had various experts from the industry talk about their views on the meaning, value, and evolution of design thinking. The panelists were Sana Altaf from Accenture Liquid Studios, Sriniketh Chakravarthi from Cognizant, Sean Rhodes and Bernardo Schorr from Smart Design. The event witnessed great participation from students (NYU and non-NYU), faculty, staff and professionals. The panel was moderated by our very own Professor Anne-Laure, who is also the advisor to Design for America of NYU and of the Design Lab @ NYU Tandon MakerSpace. The event was a great start for the rest of the week and provided a good overview of Design Thinking from various fields in the industry and what students need to do to get started.

Day 2 – Intro to Design Thinking by The Design Gym

Stages of Design Thinking

This workshop was organized by The Design Gym and introduced students to the process of Design Thinking with a hands-on interactive session. The event was led by Timothy Moore who explained about the different stages of Design Thinking followed at The Design Gym and some examples from the past. Students also formed groups and performed exercises for user interviews and ideation, and worked on folowing problem statement – “How might we improve the recycling and waste experience for New York City residents?”

Day 3 – Design & Thinking – Movie Screening

On the third day of the week, we did a screening of the movie Design & Thinking which is a documentary. This movie has been selected by Forbes as one of “Must-See Design Documentaries You Don’t Want To Miss.” Design & Thinking has been screened at more than 400 events across 40 countries, including Google, Microsoft, Target, Harvard University, Northwestern University, Berkeley University, and many more.

Day 4 – Working in the Design & Engineering Industry with Tomorrow Lab

To facilitate this event, we had Theodore Ullrich from Tomorrow Lab and he spoke about different roles in Design & Engineering, methods to get started with applications and interviews, and various design examples from the industry. The participants also formed groups and worked on a challenge to design an e-scooter that could be useful to people. The top two teams to receive the highest votes for the best design were given certificates. We were proud of the different solutions and ideas that the group could come up with! Collaboration and the right kind of support are necessary to get our ideas out there.

Day 5 – Design Innovation Parkour

The Design week came to an end with the Design Innovation Parkour, based on an open innovation approach, named after the urban sports discipline Parkour. During this event, we had different stations for students to get feedback on different phases of design – User Research, Ideation, Prototyping, Entrepreneurship and mentors who are experts from different schools and programs at NYU (ITP, IDM, MakerSpace, Tandon, CUSP, and NYU Entrepreneurial Institute).

The participants found this session to be very useful as they had one on one conversations with experts to get feedback on their projects. We received an overwhelming response and demand for more such sessions in the future!

Stay tuned for more updates about upcoming events here and reach out to us if you have questions or suggestions!