Summer of Design 2018

May 23, 2018 · McLean, United States of America


In order to secure a spot, you MUST go to to pay the registration fee of $416.00

The registration fee is paid directly to the University of Virginia Darden School and covers all workshops, materials and curriculum fees.



Are you spending the summer in DC and want to meet and interact with fellow design thinkers and innovators? Are you ready for something different? Do you want to use design thinking to change and impact the community right here in DC? Join us this summer and apply design thinking to a real-world, local problem!

Together we will grow our creative capacity, learn new tools to jump-start innovation and collaborate with local creative catalysts to make our world a better place. We are collaborating with an All-Star line-up of community partners for our 2018 challenge. This year's Summer of Design includes weekly in-person workshops hosted by our sponsor Capital One; video workshops provided by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation, curated by Jeanne Liedtka, co-author of Designing for Growth, and professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business; design thinking mentors from DT:DC and a Statement of Accomplishment from the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation.

During this year’s challenge, participants will have an opportunity to work with Capital One on a social justice issue to address the needs of financially unstable populations in our community. Summer of Design participants will present their ideas shark-tank style to a panel of Judges on August 8, 2018.

Space is limited to 50 participants so sign up TODAY if you want to guarantee your spot. Learn more about Summer of Design here. (



Schedule & Time Commitment: Summer of Design participants are eligible to receive a Statement of Accomplishment from the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation for the successful completion of Summer of Design. In order to receive a Statement of Accomplishment, participants are required to attend at least 10 out of 12 scheduled events, complete nine assignments and 2 peer evaluations.

The ideal Summer of Design participant is someone who is seeking a unique experience to collaborate and share a creative experience with others, is committed to the process, is eager to learn and practice our design thinking process (regardless of pre-existing knowledge and experience), is a passionate soul and is a team player.

All workshops take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at a convenient Metro-accessible and parking-available location. Participants should plan for additional work outside of the Wednesday workshops to work on assignments with your team. See website for more details.

Required Events: (9 out of 11 workshops)

• May 23rd - Kickoff Meeting and Partner Introductions
• May 30th - Make Research Plans
• June 6th - Conducting Empathy Interviews
• June 13th - Mapping the Customer Journey
• June 20th - Gallery Walk
• June 27th - Brainstorming ideas
• July 4th - Holiday (No Workshop)
• July 11th - Concept Development
• July 18th - Prototyping
• July 25th - User Testing & Co-Creation
• August 1st - Storytelling
• August 8th - Pitch Presentations, Award Ceremony and Graduation

All Summer of Design participants must agree to the Summer of Design Terms and Conditions mailed to participants following successful registration. Refunds are available until May 30, 2018.

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