Design Placemaking for Local Civic Engagement

November 7, 2017 8:30am - 10am

Explore the what good citizenship looks like in a digitally disrupted society, and learn new design research methods you can use to engage your community.

  • IBM
  • 11501 Burnet Road, Bldg 903
  • Austin, TX 78758
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Design Placemaking for Local Civic Engagement

There's no doubt tech is always at our fingertips—capturing, mediating, and transforming the moments of everyday life. With Wi-Fi and smart phones ready-at-hand, people have worldwide access to people and places. But when everyone is mentally "somewhere else" with the tap of a screen, what happens to their sense of place? Without incentive, people easily lose touch with issues in their neighborhoods and communities, losing influence over decisions which directly effect them.

In this workshop, we will explore the what good citizenship looks like in a digitally disrupted society. Using design thinking, we will uncover the pain points and opportunities around civic engagement and develop innovative solutions to the age old problem of politics. From your participation you will take away a refined definition of citizenship, two new design research methods you can use to engage your community, and one physical prototype of your big idea to take to a local government hackathon, city council meeting, or new gathering you invent in your own backyard!

Facilitators: Hayley Hughes, Design Lead IBM's Design Language System, and Miroslav Azis, IBM Design Thinking Practice Lead

Hayley Hughes is a Design Lead for IBM's Design Language System. Based in Austin, she speaks to orgs like Grace Hopper, Monotype, InVision, IDSA, and Adaptive Path on design. Her work is showcased on IBM’s “26 Innovations by 26 Innovative Women” and she is a certified IBM Design Thinking Leader. Before joining IBM, Hayley researched and designed civic engagement prototypes with Raleigh’s mayor and city council. She invented new words and ways for citizens to effectively communicate with their local government using technology.

As IBM Design Thinking Practice Lead, Miroslav helps drive the theory, practice and adoption of IBM Design Thinking: IBM’s approach to design thinking in a globally distributed, continuous delivery enterprise. Having been among the first user experience designers in the newly-minted IBM Design organization, he's helped lead teams to design and launch new SaaS offerings to achieve industry-leading user experience outcomes.

  • LOCATION
  • 11501 Burnet Road, Bldg 903
  • Austin, TX 78758
  • DAY
  • Tuesday, November 7th
  • TIME
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • ORGANIZED BY
  • Hayley Hughes and Miroslav Azis at IBM Design
  • PRICE
  • Free with registration

11501 Burnet Road, Bldg 903
Austin, TX 78758

SAVE THE DATE: November 5-9, 2018