The Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge will be held February 16 and 28, 2019 and is open to all Vanderbilt students interested in learning about design thinking and the principles of human-centered design* and applying those principles to make the library’s collections, facilities, and/or services and programming more accessible and meaningful for users.
Design Challenge Bootcamp - February 16 (Saturday)
11 am-4 pm; Peabody Library ground floor
Registration and Lunch followed by a design thinking boot camp and a discussion of the current challenges facing the Vanderbilt Libraries. Teams will form around different ideas as they take shape. Pizza, collaboration, and challenge! Each team will have 11 days to refine the idea, consult with librarians and library users, and develop their pitch for presentation on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
Pitch & Awards - February 28 (Thursday)
4:10-6:10 pm; Central Library Community Room
Competing teams will provide a 5 minute pitch of their idea to a group of judges. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be split between the winning team members. Moreover, the Libraries commit to implementing the winning idea if feasible. The awards are funded by the Vanderbilt Libraries.
*Human-centered design (HCD) is a creative design and management framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. In this way, the library will be hearing from Vanderbilt students—a crucial constituency—as it works to upgrade and improve its spaces, services, and programming.
Partnering in the Challenge with the Libraries are Design for America, The Wond'ry, and DIVE (Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience).
*In accordance with federal regulations, prizes will be considered additional financial aid, and funds will be awarded through the student financial aid office.