CU Make

Task

Conduct a 28 hour physical product hack-a-thon with a human-centered element that brings together the university, the community and the maker movement

For

Design for America & Chancellor’s Public Engagement Fellow

Duration

Spring 2015

Relevant Skills

Human-centered Design
Event Management
Community Relations
Mechanical Design

About Event

As part of my responsibilities as a Chancellor’s Public Engagement Fellow, I sought to bring human-centered design to the Maker movement and the community through Design for America. Thus the concept of a human-centered design make-a-thon for the community was born.

 

Through Design for America, I worked with Makers UIUC and the Fablab to organize a 28 hour event open to all members of the community. Clark-Lindsey, a retirement village, was an exclusive title sponsor and helped contribute a human centered touch to the event by inviting their residents to act as subject matter experts and users.

Education was another large component of the event and a several digital fabrication workshops such as laser cutting and 3D CAD were offered alongside empathy building and design exercises.
To make the event accessible, two tracks were offered – a beginner and an advanced track. Prizes were sponsored by Inventables, Makers UIUC, Shapeways and the Computer Science Department.
The event attracted 80 participants of diverse backgrounds. There were college teams, family teams and high school teams all learning, making and having fun together.