Introduction to Project Design Space Video
Teacher Training Workshops
- 22 November 2022: In-person Program Orientation at DIDI (Option A)* (4:30 – 7:30pm)
- 24 November 2022: In-person Program Orientation at DIDI (Option B) (4:30 – 7:30pm)
- 5 December 2022: Online Program Orientation (Option C) (3:30 – 6:30pm)
- 12 January 2023: How to Teach Research** (4:30 – 6pm)
- 2 February 2023: How to Teach Ideation (4:30 – 6pm)
- 3 March 2023: How to Teach Prototyping (4:30 – 6pm)
- 20 March 2023: How to Teach Pitching (4:30 – 6pm)
*Teachers are only required to attend one Program Orientation workshop.
**The How to Teach workshop series will be recorded for teachers who cannot attend the live sessions.
Student Design Jams with DIDI Faculty
- January 2023: Research Design Jam (4 – 5:30pm)
- February 2023: Ideation Design Jam (4 – 5:30pm)
- March 2023: Prototyping Design Jam (4 – 5:30pm)
- March 2023: Pitching Design Jam (4 – 5:30pm)
- 15 April 2023: Submission Deadline (11:59pm)
- 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 May 2023: Virtual Boot Camp* (4:00 – 6:30pm)
- (COMING SOON): In-person Finals Events (3:30 – 6pm)
*The top eight teams per challenge will be invited to attend one Boot Camp and one Finals Event.
Design Solution Submissions
2022-2023 Solution Submission Form
For submission guidelines, review the following document:
DIDI Project Design Space 2022-2023 – Submission Guidelines – (COMING SOON)
Final Video Submission COMInformation Packet for Finalists
Everything that Finalists need to know can be found in this information packet – (COMING SOON)
Deadline for Video Submission
- (COMING SOON)
Finals Events Dates
Finals will take place at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. International schools (outside the United Arab Emirates) will be able to participate via Live Telecast. Finalists will receive an invitation (with link) to the Live Telecast one week prior to the event.
- (COMING SOON)
Schools around the world are incorporating design thinking into their curricula. Watch the videos below and notice the research, ideation and prototyping modes, as well as all the skills the teams use. In an integrated design process, creative modes are blended together seamlessly in the same space. Analysis flows into ideation and prototyping.
- Students Use Design Thinking to Redesign Penn Station
- Students Use Design Thinking to Design a Water Filter
- Students Use Design Thinking to Design a New Sport
- IDEO Nightline Video
In the following video, designers conduct interviews as part of the design process. Notice how they ask “why” and other open-ended questions to gain an understanding of the experiences of the interviewee.
In the following videos, students engage in brainstorming sessions. Notice the way that the participants engage with one another’s ideas and how their behavior leads to the generation of multiple ideas.
- Brainstorming at the Stanford d.school (if you are short on time, start the video at minute 5:30)
- Example of Brainstorming Session with Biodesign Fellows at Stanford
In 2010, Vanity Fair called architect Frank Gehry “the most important architect of our age.” In this excerpt from a documentary about Gehry’s work, Gehry can be seen using paper to build architectural prototypes.
In the following video, designer Tom Chi shares the Google team’s process for prototyping Google Glass.
In the following video, students from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design build prototypes for a furniture design workshop.
The following video provides a succinct explanation and demonstration of how to use paper prototyping.
The following video shows how Google Ventures tests products through user interviews.
Storyteling & Pitching
Eighteen-year-old Lani Lazzari successfully pitched her company, Simple Sugars, on the fourth season of the TV show Shark Tank. Lazzari’s presentation serves as an excellent example of a powerful pitch. Despite being one of the youngest contestants ever to appear on the show, Lazzari delivers an unusually confident and compelling demo and pitch of her skin care product, Simple Sugars, to the Shark Tank investors.
At TEDGlobal 2009, founder of Lifesaver, Michael Pritchard, shared the story of his revolutionary product that provides people with access to safe drinking water. There is much to learn from his compelling demonstration and storytelling.
Misen Cookware founders pitch their idea for high-quality, beautifully-designed and affordable cookware to the Kickstarter community through a well-crafted video and informative website.
Last Year's Winners
Design a new HP LIFE course that encourages entrepreneurship amongst youth in the GCC region and propose a creative way to promote the course.
- Gold - International Academy Amman
- Silver - United International Private School
- Bronze - Applied Technology High School, AQB Campus
- Most Innovative - Applied Technology High School, AQB Campus
Hunter Foods Challenge
Design a potato chip product “without borders” that can be enjoyed all over the world with universally appealing flavors and one stand-out visual language.
- Gold - Amity International School Pushp Vihar
- Silver - Amity International School Vasundhara Sector-6
- Bronze - American Community School in Abu Dhabi
- Most Innovative - Delhi Private School, Dubai
Louvre Abu Dhabi Challenge
Design an intervention in one of the outdoor spaces at Louvre Abu Dhabi that engages youth with the museum’s identity, narrative, architecture and collections.
- Gold - ADEK - Mixed Schools - Amity School International Abu Dhabi
- Silver - International Academy Amman
- Bronze - ADEK - Mixed Schools
- Most Innovative - American Academy for Girls
Mubadala Health Challenge
Design an awareness campaign to encourage a greater number of the UAE and GCC populations to attend an annual physical check-up.
- Gold - Amman Baccalaureate School
- Silver - Our Own English High School, Sharjah, Boys
- Bronze - St Mary's Catholic High School
- Most Innovative - ADEK - Mixed Schools
Schneider Electric Challenge
Design a smart home that harnesses the power of technology to enable sustainable, personalized and connected living.
- Aerospace engineer (Design Squad)
- Architect (Student Edge)
- Architectural designer (ConnectEd)
- Board game designer (Zoom Out Media)
- Bicycle engineer (Sci Girls)
- Biomedical engineer (Sci Girls)
- Biomimetic roboticist (Design Squad)
- Cartoonist (ConnectEd)
- Digital storyteller (The Career Zoo)
- Engineer for technologies in developing countries (Design Squad)
- Fashion designer (Wall Street Journal)
- Furniture designer (ConnectEd)
- Flight systems engineer (Design Squad)
- Game designer (ConnectEd)
- Game designer (CG Spectrum College of Digital Art & Animation)
- Graphic designer (ConnectEd)
- Graphic designer (Howcast Tech Gadgets)
- Illustrator and product designer (Tech Crunch)
- Interaction designer (ConnectEd)
- Interior designer (ConnectEd)
- Interior designer (SEEK Learning)
- Landscape architect (ConnectEd)
- Landscape designer (Student Edge)
- LEGO master builder (The Career Zoo)
- Mechanical design engineer (The Career Zoo)
- Museum exhibit designer (Milwaukee Art Museum)
- Musical instrument designer(ABC Australia)
- Prototype design machinist (The Career Zoo)
- Prototype fabricator (ConnectEd)
- Robotics engineer (Design Squad)
- Robotics engineer (ConnectEd)
- Shoe designer (ConnectEd)
- Software developer (The Career Zoo)
- Toy designer (The Career Zoo)
- User Experience (UX) designer (Life at Google)
- Web designer (The Career Zoo)
Glimpses into the Processes that Professional Designer Use
These videos provide a view into an architecture studio. Take note of how the critiques are managed and how the students present their work visually. Students’ work is self-directed, and they support each other in completing projects.
In this lecture, a designer discusses the human centered design process that her team used to redesign a school cafeteria to reduce food waste.
This documentary depicts Frank Gehry’s design process.
Resources for Pitching
Consider showing these videos in the third session, or email them to students as resources to help them prepare their video pitches.
- Tips on Shooting with an iPhone
- Brian Reed – The Craft of Storytelling
- Ira Glass on Storytelling (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
- Forbes’ Message Map (How to Pitch Anything in 15 seconds)
- Want a Better Pitch? (blog post analyzing a pitch by Elon Musk)
The MENA Design Education Outlook
This is a summary of the report upon which the idea for DIDI Project Design Space was based.