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FAST 48 Bootcamp in Design Thinking for Social Impact

11.18.2016 @ 6:00 pm - 11.20.2016 @ 6:00 pm

| $50 - $75

Our sixth FAST 48 Bootcamp in design for social impact!

The FAST 48 is an immersive boot camp experience to convey mindsets and practical skills in human-centered design. The weekend format is designed for graduate students, faculty, staff, community organizations, artists, social entrepreneurs. The next FAST 48 runs November 18-20, 2016. For FAST 48 VI, we are excited to continue our fabulous partnership with PlayBuild, a central-city based nonprofit promoting design education for K-12 age groups through imaginative play.

Why FAST 48? In a fast-paced, hands-on, full 48 hours, you will

  • Learn the key mindsets and basic methods of human-centered design (HCD) or design thinking (DT)
  • Discuss examples of how HCD is informing social innovations in global health, international development, urban design, education, and other fields.
  • Appreciate how design-thinking fits into a social innovation and Changemaker toolkit, so you can take it back to your program and workplace.

What is it?!
The Fast 48 kicks off Friday evening with a fast-paced crash course in a design cycle. Then over the weekend, working in teams, you will learn by doing (See the full schedule below) and:

  • Tackle an actual design challenges with a partner organization in the city, interspersed with practical skills-building exercises, and aided by coaches;
  • Leave with new skills and mindsets of human- centered, empathetic research, insight-generation, creative ideation, parallel and rough prototyping, testing with real users for feedback;
  • Join a network of people with common interests in applying creative, imaginative, iterative design approaches to generate fresh and relevant solutions to real problems here and around the world.

What does it cost? $50 (early bird rate; $75 late sign-up). The fee covers food, drinks, and workshop supplies, and materials. There are no tuition costs, and no formal course credit will be offered. (If you are interested in academic credit via independent study, get in touch.)

How can I participate? Check the dates, sign up and pay the non-refundable registration and workshop fee ($50 for early birds before 11/11, $75 after that) via Eventbrite.

Get ready! Set aside time to participate fully. Plan to commit whole-heartedly. Please be sure you have the time to join us. Enrolled Tulane graduate students are first priority. Then, Tulane staff, faculty and community partners, if space is available. Tulane undergraduate students should register for SISE 3010: Design Thinking for Collective Impact, a semester-long course.

Typical Fast 48 Schedule
Friday 6 – 9 PM, Introductions, crash course, light supper
Saturday 8 AM – 5 PM, breakfast, lunch & snacks
• Discovery (empathy, synthesis, analysis)
• Ideation & Selection (creative brainstorming, analysis)
• Team work, time management, creative physical spaces
Sunday 12 – 6 PM, simple lunch
• Prototyping, testing (Rough, parallel prototypes, user feedback)
• Presentations, reflection

Need more information before you commit? Write to Laura Murphy, PhD, at lmurphy2@tulane.edu


11.18.2016 @ 6:00 pm
11.20.2016 @ 6:00 pm
$50 - $75
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Laura Murphy