Design-a-thon

Teams take on some of the city's biggest design challenges in this week-long Design-A-Thon.

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Design solutions to some of Austin's biggest challenges

Welcome to the gauntlet! It’s the fourth annual Austin Design Week Design-a-thon. This is where Austin Design Week meets actionable change in our city. In this multi-part event, teams will compete to improve outcomes of Austin’s biggest problems. We’ll bring the big problems to solve, you bring the skill and passion to solve them.

Enter to bring your own team of creators or come as an individual and create your awesome new team with others. Only five teams will go on for the final competition! Past winning teams have included members from a variety of design disciplines and community members. Remember that not every solution needs to be an app!

**THIS IS A MULTI-PART EVENT, YOU MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS:**

Overview of the Week:

Saturday, November 7th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

  • Kickoff + Mini-pitch competition

Monday, November 9th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

  • Teams chosen to compete for the week will be assigned mentors and get started.

Friday, November 13th, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

  • Final Pitches. This is it: Five teams enter and pitch their research and possible solutions to a panel of judges. One team leaves the winner.

Kickoff + Mini-pitch competition

At our kick-off pitch event, teams will learn and leverage the latest design methodologies to make an initial pitch to compete in the final Design-a-thon. Up to five teams of five will be chosen for the final round! Each team will then be paired with a Design Thinking mentor to help guide your team to success and to a final solution.

Teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts on Friday, November 13th. The winning members of the winning team will be awarded $250 in General Assembly class credits for each team member!

Who should join?

Designers of all types, Policy Wonks, Researchers, Activists, Developers, and the like; anyone looking to feel the rush of creating something from nothing in a short time is welcome. Gain skills, meet new people, win awards, make an impact in our community.

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

How to Apply:

You can apply as a team of five or individually. If you don’t have a team at the time of registration, we’ll assign you to a group at the opening event. All team members must be present for kickoff and research playbacks, and all are welcome and should attend the final pitches too! Max of five members are allowed per team and a minimum of three team members to compete!

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Design-a-thon Kickoff + Mini-pitch Competition

  • NOVEMBER 7, 2020, 1:00PM-4:00PM
  • Attend the kickoff to participate in the fourth annual Design-a-thon. In this multi-part event, teams will compete to improve outcomes of Austin’s biggest problems.

Virtual Event

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Design-a-thon Final Pitches

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 3:30PM-5:00PM
  • Cheer on our Design-a-thon finalists as they pitch their research and possible solutions to a panel of judges.

Virtual Event