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Design for San Diego's 2017 Civic Challenge

How do we create a San Diego where we all move freely?


Find out more about the 2017 D4SD Challenge!

Out of 23 entries into this year's challenge, we selected 8 finalists that represent a mix of our four challenge briefs
(commuter experience, accessibility, biking/walking, and autonomous vehicles).
Download the whitepaper to learn more.

The Challenge

The Challenge

In a new combined effort to solve complex city problems through design thinking and crowdsourcing, UC San Diego's Design Lab—with support from the National Science Foundation, Design Forward Alliance and SCALE SD—is excited to announce the 2017 Design for San Diego (D4SD) Civic Design Challenge on Mobility.

We all have places to go and people to see. Whether for work or play—and by car, bike, train, bus, boat, or foot—mobility significantly affects millions on a daily basis. San Diego is culturally and economically diverse, as well as spread out, which makes getting around the city an important issue to explore.

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JOIN US AT Design Forward (Oct 25-26)

On Oct 25, 6-9pm

D4SD Poster Showcase at the Community Mixer

On Oct 26, 5-7pm

D4SD Awards Ceremony at the Summit


Our amazing D4SD jurors come from the worlds of technology, government, entrepreneurship, and education. They will judge solutions based on four key criteria: human-centered process, novelty, feasibility, and impact.

We challenge YOU to design solutions that improve the experience of moving around in San Diego.

D4SD’s inaugural challenge theme is mobility. We want YOU to develop solutions for the city’s most pressing transport-related challenges using human-centered design.


Frame the most significant
challenges around mobility
in San Diego


Generate many creative
solutions to address the key


Form teams and build
mockups of solutions


Submit solutions for
judging by civic leaders
and experts

Why Participate?

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Learn Design

The D4SD Civic Design Challenge on Mobility provides a great opportunity to practice design on real-world problems and to get mentorship from domain experts.

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Showcase Your Ideas

We will showcase qualifying submissions on our website and finalists at the Design Forward Alliance Summit on Oct 26.

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Win Prizes

Entries judged to have the most potential will be awarded in cash prizes and exclusive networking opportunities.

Challenge Briefs

Mobility is about the everyday problems and pleasures to transportation and being transported. The aim of the D4SD Mobility Challenge is to solve the issues most important to San Diego residents by focusing on four broad areas: promoting walking and biking, enhancing the commuter experience, improving accessibility, and preparing for autonomous vehicles. To get involved and submit your own innovations, first read more about the specific challenges.

How might we improve safety on the street?

Walkable & Bikeable Communities

How might we improve safety on the street?

How do we help everyone reach their destination?


How do we help everyone reach their destination?

What would make your commute relaxing?


What would make your commute relaxing?

How do we take our hands off the wheel?


How do we take our hands off the wheel?

UC San Diego Design LabCity of San DiegoNational Science FoundationDesign Forward AllianceScale SDSanDagPort of San Diego