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Columbia E'Ship

Design for Social Innovation, Spring 2022 (Deadline)

Are you interested in tackling complex problems through human centered design?

Design For Social Innovation (DFSI) is a semester-long course taught by Sarah Holloway (SIPA and SPS) and Adam Royalty (Columbia Designer in Residence) where Columbia University students and faculty support social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector to address complex, ambiguous global problems through human centered design. The course is open to students from Columbia’s 20 undergraduate and graduate schools via an application and interview process.

  • The 3.0 credit course is a collaboration between the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

  • The class will take place in-person on Wednesdays from 11:00am – 12:50pm at the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio (meeting all but four Wednesdays when teams are “out of the building” interviewing, workshopping and with teaching team in office hours)

  • In addition to class time, there will be two (2) mandatory Design Sprints on January 20-21 and February 10-11 (Fridays and Saturday, Jan 21 – 1pm to 5pm; Saturday Feb 11 10am to 2pm)

  • The application-only course will accept a total of 30 students for the Spring 2023 term

This Spring, we will work with NYC-based organizations around the themes of Democracy, Affordable Housing, Civic Innovation, Medical Equity, Financial Security, etc. If selected, you will be placed on a team based on your background and interest.

Applications are now live and they will close at 11:59pm EDT on Friday, November 11. We will be notifying students of acceptance by the end of day on Monday, November 14.

Apply Here!