Student Design Challenge
Information For Life
Entries closed, finalists will be announced on December 20.
For as low as 10 cents per child, the child health record is a critical component of current health information systems worldwide.
This year, the Gates Foundation and the IxDA challenge you to consider how to reach remote populations by designing ways to improve how, where, and when this record is distributed, accessed and used in order to make it a more effective tool for health information and education throughout childhood.
Over six million children under the age of 5 died last year; more than half of these deaths could have been prevented with existing interventions. The global public health community could save millions of lives in the coming years by gaining the trust of families and informing them about how to access effective interventions. But, health organizations remain challenged by how to reach remote populations with life-saving health information when these children or their parents do not speak their country’s national language or cannot read.
Download the full brief for more information from the Gates Foundation and IxDA on the theme background and design considerations for the Challenge.
The Gates Foundation has chosen the Student Design Challenge to complement the foundation’s Records for Life contest that launched in Fall 2013. The Records for Life contest focuses on the design of the record itself to make it easier to interpret and use. As a complement to Records for Life, the IxDA Student Design Challenge will put focus on the design of the experience: how families use the record as an informational tool that prompts choices and actions that lead to better healthcare for children.
Examples of these newly designed records will be available to SDC competitors in Amsterdam. See the Records for Life brief for more information.
About the Student Design Challenge
Now in its fifth year, the IxDA Student Design Challenge will run during the Interaction14 conference in Amsterdam, February 4-8, 2014. Finalists will be selected from an international pool of exceptional graduate and undergraduate students.
Finalists will be selected to demonstrate their skills in the 72-hour challenge in Amsterdam, kicking off with a master class with industry mentors on February 4.
Finalist reflect the diversity of interaction design education today and the excellence that is emerging from a new generation of designers.
The Challengers will have access to workspace provided at IJsfontein Interactive Media. For the first time this year, they will also have access to The SDC Zoo, a space in the main hall of the conference to engage conference-goers in discovery research and experience prototyping. Students will present their work onstage on February 7 and the winner will be announced at the 2014 Interaction Awards on February 8.
Our panel of judges will award the most promising finalists a scholarship to attend Interaction14 in Amsterdam, including:
- Travel to Amsterdam
- Accommodation in Amsterdam
- Complimentary student registration at the conference
- Registration for a dynamic master class, held before the conference, to address these design challenges
- Additional prizes will awarded on site
How to Enter
The Challenge is open to both graduates and undergraduates. You may submit to compete as an individual or in pairs. You (and your collaborator) must be currently enrolled in or have graduated in 2013 from a program in interaction design or a related design field.
To enter the challenge, submit a 3-minute video, a 150 word summary, and 2-3 samples of your work. In your video and summary, help us understand:
- What is your background as a designer?
- Why do you want to come to Amsterdam and continue working on this year theme, “Information for Life?”
- What is your perspective on the Challenge Theme and how would you approach the process of designing a solution to the challenge?
The judges will be looking for interaction/experience design ability and how you communicate your thinking on the theme, rather than examining any design work you’ve done to create solutions around the theme.
A 3 minute video must be submitted, we encourage you to create a custom video to submit to us (although you can reuse elements from any of your previous work). We also encourage you to do more than look into the camera and talk; in previous years, visual support for ideas tends to be better received.
Examples from previous years:
- Bethany Stolle, Austin Center for Design
- James McIntyre, Malmö Högskola
- Ariel Zilnik, Carnegie Mellon University
2012 Future of News
- Priscilla Mok –Carnegie Mellon University, Future sf News, 2012
- Siri Jojansson Umeå Institute of Design, Future of News, 2012
- Jaime Krakowiak, Austin Center for Design
Work samples are meant to help the jury to understand both your capabilities as a designer and your approach to problem solving. The 2-3 samples of work may be submitted as either PDFs or links to a web site. The examples should help us understand: your design process, results in time constrained projects, capabilities as an interaction designer, visual presentation skills.
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- December 8 — Entries closed at
- December 20 – Finalists announced
- Angel Anderson, VP / Experience Director, Crispin Porter + Bogusky
- Miles Begin, Director of Design, Enterprise Growth, American Express
- Peter Boersma, Interaction Design Director at Blast Radius
- MJ Broadbent, Principal, MJ Broadbent Design
- Wayne Coughlan, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- Dustin DiTommaso, Vice President Experience Design, Mad*Pow
- Susan Dybbs, Managing Director of Interaction Design, Cooper
- Ana Domb Krauskopf, Director, School of Interaction Design, Universidad VERITAS
- Penny Hagen, Design Strategist, Smallfire/ UX Director DAN Auckland
- John Payne, Principal, Moment
- Steve Portigal, Principal, Portigal Consulting
- Andy Polaine, Interaction & Service Designer, Lecturer, Writer, Researcher
- Chris Noessel, Managing Director, Cooper
- David Sherwin, Interaction Design Director, frog
- Samantha Soma, GE Design & Experience Studio
- Bethany Stolle, Winner, 2013 Student Design Challenge
- Sudhindra V., Creative Director – Experience Design, SapientNitro
- Jeremy Yuille, Program Director, Communication Design at RMIT University
- Dianna Miller, Innovation Catalyst, Fidelity Investments
- Izac Ross, Interaction Designer, Cooper
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