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 fifth annual ADW 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 some of Austin’s biggest problems. We’ll bring the big problems to solve, you bring the skill and passion to solve them.

Enter with your own team of creators, or come as an individual and get matched with others to form a new, awesome team. 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.

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

Overview of the Week:

Friday, November 5th 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Kick-Off: Mini-Pitch Competition + Find Your Team

During this initial kick-off session, our facilitators will lead attendees through the latest design methodologies and ideation processes. Participants meet with their team or get matched with a team if joining independently. They’ll then work with their team and compete in the first mini-design challenge. The top five (5) teams will be selected to advance to the final round.

Monday, November 8th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Finalists Assemble + Meet Your Mentor

The top five (5) teams will each be assigned a Mentor to work exclusively with them to offer support and guidance throughout the week leading up to the Final Pitches.

Thursday, November 11th 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. | Final Pitches + Awards Ceremony

This is it! The top five (5) teams present their research and proposed solutions to a panel of esteemed judges. Only one team will leave the winner. Each member of the winning team will each be awarded a prize! More details will be announced soon.

Who should join?

Designers of all types and levels, 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 Register:

To register, click on the "Design A Thon Kick-Off: Mini-Pitch Competition + Find Your Team" event below. You can register as a team of five (5) or individually. Teams or individuals may apply by registering for the kick off (please register for each person on your team separately). If you don’t have a team at the time of registration, we’ll assign you to a group during the kickoff event. All team members must be present for Kickoff and the Monday mentorship session. All are welcome and should attend the final pitches, too! Max of five (5) members are allowed per team and a minimum of two (2) team members to compete!

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Design A Thon Kick-Off: Mini-Pitch Competition + Find Your Team

NOVEMBER 5, 2021 2:00PM - 5:00PM

  • Participate in the 5th annual Design A Thon. During this initial kick-off session, our facilitators will lead attendees through the latest design methodologies and ideation processes.
  • Virtual
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Design A Thon Final Pitches + Awards Ceremony

NOVEMBER 11, 2021 5:00PM - 6:15PM

  • Cheer on our Design A Thon finalists as they pitch their research and possible solutions to a panel of esteemed judges for a chance to win prizes!

  • Virtual