Design for San Diego (D4SD) is a civic design challenge initiated by the UC San Diego Design Lab in partnership with the City of San Diego, Design Forward Alliance, and SCALE SD.
This year’s challenge focuses on urban mobility. We all have places to go and people to see. So, whether you’re traveling by car, bike, train, bus, boat or foot for work or play, mobility significantly affects millions of citizens every day.
This year’s challenge focuses on four topics:
As an initiative of the UC San Diego Design Lab, we have created a process that uses concepts from human-centered design and crowdsourcing to help innovators collectively solve local civic issues. Further, by partnering with the City of San Diego and regional entities like SCALE SD and the Design Forward Alliance, D4SD to support community integration for both the process and the potential solutions.
You will have an opportunity to chat online through our D4SD Slack Team discussion forum (a free online messaging and collaboration software) as well as through a series of in-person events to help you connect with other innovators and access design practitioners, who can mentor you through your efforts.
Here’s how our four-stage process works:
Join D4SD for this unique opportunity to collaborate and compete with other city innovators to help solve transportation-related issues facing San Diego and cities around the world. The best solutions will earn cash prizes and private one-on-one meetings with city leaders and startup investors.
To participate in the 2017 civic design challenge, you or your team must register by Oct 10th. You can edit your submission throughout October. The final deadline for entries is Oct 22nd at 11:59pm PDT.
A valid submission includes a written summary of a specific problem you aim to solve, a written summary of your solution, a link to a prototype of your solution, and a visual poster (40” tall by 30” wide in full color) that can be printed and displayed at the Oct 25th Design Forward community event. Posters will be printed for participants, but they must follow the guidelines and use the Poster Template.
You do NOT need to participate in the Oct 25th event in order to be eligible for the competition. You do NOT need to be an expert. You do NOT need to be from the San Diego region. There are no age restrictions. We welcome good ideas from anyone and anywhere in the world.
However, if your solution is selected as a finalist, at least one team member must appear at the Design Forward Summit on Oct 26 in order to present the poster (8am-5pm) and to deliver a 2-minute pitch as part of the Awards Ceremony (5pm-7pm).
No. Participants can only submit one entry to the challenge, either as an individual or as a team. Teams can have up to five team members.
Individuals or teams will retain all intellectual property rights on solutions submitted to the D4SD Challenge. As an initiative from the UC San Diego Design Lab, D4SD is a non-profit dedicated to demonstrating the value of human-centered design and incubating great ideas into companies or longer-term projects that foster economic activity in the City of San Diego and beyond.
Through our partnerships with SCALE SD and the Design Forward Summit, we have put together an exciting program of in-person events for networking and showcasing your talents.
D4SD Kick-off Design Sprint and Hackathon
Hosted by SCALE SD at Downtown Works
You do not need to attend any of the in-person events in order to submit a solution through the D4SD website. All valid entries will be judged through an online judgment process.
Finalists will be announced at the Design Forward community mixer on Oct 25th 5:30-8:30pm at Broadway Pier in San Diego (1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101). All team members who submit a valid entry to the challenge will get a free ticket. In case you cannot make it to the event, we will also contact the finalists through email.
If you team is selected as a finalist, we request at least one team member appear at the Design Forward Summit main event on Oct 26th at Liberty Station (2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA) to present their poster starting at 8am and to verbally pitch their solution on stage at the Awards Ceremony that same evening (5-7pm). Teams selected as finalists will get free limited-access tickets for the summit (a $150 value).
To enter the D4SD Challenge, teams must produce the following deliverables by Oct 22 at 11:59PM PDT: write a problem statement and solution statement, submit a prototype, and create a poster that summarizes everything.
In general, solutions to the D4SD Challenge will be assessed based on four key criteria:
You do not need to work as part of a team. Individuals can create submissions on their own. If you do have a team, it can have at most five team members.
Each team can request a private Slack channel on the D4SD Slack Team discussion forum by filling out this form with the team name, as well as the names and email addresses for each team member.
To officially enter the challenge, each individual or team must create an entry on the D4SD website by Oct 10th.
While you do not need a team to enter the competition, a team can help you build your good idea into a great solution. An effective team is one that has a mix of diverse talents all striving towards a common goal.
The best way to find team members is to attend the D4SD Challenge Design Sprint and Hackathon on Sept 22nd starting at 5:30pm, hosted by SCALE SD at Downtown Works. We will be brainstorming and forming teams through a series of fun in-person activities.
If you cannot attend this event, you can join our D4SD Slack Team channel to discuss solutions with other challenge participants. You are free to communicate directly with other participants about forming a team around your favorite ideas.
From the Get Involved page on the D4SD website, click on “Register Here”. Here you will enter the submission process. Click on “Register for the Challenge” to login and follow the prompts to create an initial entry for your team. Only one team member needs to register for the team by Oct 10th. The team can continue to edit the submission until Oct 22nd.
No. D4SD will cover the cost of printing posters for all valid submissions under the following conditions:
We created a dedicated D4SD Slack Team forum for you to discuss the challenge briefs with other innovators in the city. Simply click here and follow the instructions to sign up. Slack is a free online messaging and collaboration software. When you receive the confirmation email, click on the link to join the D4SD slack forum.
After you join Slack, if you need help, you can click the “D4SD Helper Bot” to be invited to specific discussions, or send a chat to the “D4SD Team”.
All discussions on the D4SD Slack forum, must adhere to the D4SD Code of Conduct.