• Celebrate Austin design through a week of free workshops, talks, studio tours and events this November as the city celebrates its creative community in the third annual Austin Design Week.


Teams take on the city's biggest design challenges in this week-long Design-A-Thon. See the in-person Design-A-Thon events below and learn how to participate.


Design-A-Thon: Event Kick-Off + Workshop

November 6, 2017 4pm - 7pm

Gather a team and compete in Austin Design Week's first ever Design-A-Thon. Tackle some of the cities biggest design challenges and winning the big prize.

  • frog design
  • 101 W 6th St
  • Austin, TX 78701

Design-A-Thon: Final Presentations

November 10, 2017 4pm - 6pm

Watch the Design-A-Thon teams present their design solutions to some of the city's biggest challenges.

  • frog design
  • 101 W 6th St.
  • Austin, TX 78701

Design solutions to some of Austin's biggest challenges

The first Annual Austin Design Week Design-a-thon. Teams will compete to improve outcomes of Austin’s biggest problems.

Enter to bring your own team of creators or come as an individual and find others to form an awesome new team. We'll be capping the event at 6 teams.

We’ll bring the big problems to solve, you bring the skill and passion to solve them. Teams will form up opening night around ideas they are passionate about. Then, learn and leverage the latest design tools and methodologies such as Design Thinking and agile to create your team’s solutions. Each team will be paired with a Design Thinking mentor to help guide your team to success. Teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts to be awarded the prizes.

This event is for budding to master creators of all types: Visual Designers, Policy Wonks, Researchers, Activists, Developers, and the like. Anyone looking to feel the rush of creating something from nothing in a short time. Gain skills, meet new people, win awards, make an impact to community.

No need to take off work. All in-person gatherings are in the evening of Design Week, Nov 6-10 (see schedule below).

What do I get out of attending?

  • Meet an awesome new group of like minded creators

  • Create something impactful in a super short amount of time

  • Learn from some of the best designer mentors in Austin

  • Awards! Yes, you’ll get some sweet goodies for winning the competition.

  • Design Thinking + Workshop Facilitation mentorship at IBM Design.

How to Apply:

Teams or individuals may apply. The organizers will review each team and individual to make sure they have the best chance for success.

Teams and individuals REGISTER HERE!

Schedule for participants:

  • Mon, Nov 6, 4:00 - 7:00 PM: Event Kick-Off + Workshop @ frog design

  • Wed, Nov 8, time TBD: Remote Team Check-in + Practice Presentations

  • Fri, Nov 10, 4:00 - 6:00 PM: Final Presentations @ frog design

Note: Teams are will need to find time to work on the project and discuss as a group throughout the week.

SAVE THE DATE: November 5-9, 2018