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Thursday, November 17 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Design Swarm Fundamentals: Design Thinking in Action

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This talk will introduce you to a new process called Design Swarming that is becoming popular in business, non-profit and education settings around the world. Design Swarming is a highly-structured, hackathon-like process that solves hard problem with agile teams with zero pre-work or no previous knowledge of the problem domain.

Surya Vanka will describe how people with no background in design or innovation can be quickly introduced to adopt mindset of radical collaboration, high velocity, and extreme creativity. They are then facilitated through a highly-structured, hackathon-like process in teams are made up groups of designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and many others through design thinking sprints over the course of six hours to create a Minimum Viable Experiences (MVX). He will share examples of how this extremely lean process has produced innovative outcomes in addressing hard problems like homelessness, refugee crises, water scarcity, ocean pollution, aging, and disaster relief. The talk will be followed by a discussion on adopting design swarming to your own work.

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Riley Petersen

Member Success Manager, Galvanize
I help people build technology companies at Galvanize.


Surya Vanka

Surya Vanka is a designer, corporate leader, educator and author who has worked at the | | leading edge of designing physical and digital experiences for over twenty-five years. He has | | broad industry experience including most recently as director of user experience at Microsoft. | | Surya was a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a | | fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study. He is... Read More →

Thursday November 17, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize - Seattle 111 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA