Announcing the Interaction 10 Design Challenge!

5 Nov 2009 - 12:54am
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Bill DeRouchey


The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) has
joined together with the Creative Coast Alliance to create a Design Challenge that
will have a direct impact on the creative professionals and
businesses of Savannah. The Challenge is structured to give
participants an opportunity to put interaction design principles and
methods to work, engage with the rich history of Savannah, and
address an issue that effects the lives of their local peers.

The Interaction 10 Local Design Challenge is generously sponsored by
Adobe Systems.


Savannah is duly proud of its legacy as the "first designed city"
in the US, as well as its strong tradition of conservation for its
historic city squares and architecture. The city is now enjoying a
rebirth as a hub of creative and design-oriented business. Many of
these have sprung up in the fertile ground of the Historic District,
as new studios and consultancies have put down roots in this
beautiful and inspirational part of the city.

The Design Challenge

In this burgeoning environment of entrepreneurialism, a new level of
coordination between city government, small business and professional
organizations is required. The emergence of these businesses in what
was once purely residential space has created a conflict with the
policies that were designed to preserve the city plan that spawned
it. What kinds of systems and services are necessary to ensure that
city government can respond to the needs of small businesses? What
steps can be taken to help businesses understand their rights and
obligations under current zoning, safety and conservation laws?

IxDA and the Creative Coast Alliance are looking for participants to
design systems, services and/or applications that will enable city
government and planning departments to work with design
professionals, businesses and entrepreneurs to identify areas of
friction, propose solutions, and facilitate compromise. We're asking
you to help facilitate useful, beneficial interaction that helps
foster small business in a way that strengthens the community and
takes into account Savannah's legacy of forward-thinking design.

Getting Started

At its core, this is a Gov2.0 design challenge: you're bringing the
principles of participation, collaboration, transparency, and
efficiency to bear to ameliorate a lack of communication between city
government and its constituents. To understand your audience better,
the Creative Coast Alliance will supply participants with a brief
outline of the primary issues that impact small creative businesses
in Savannah. Use these as a jumping off point for concepting what
kind of solution you'd like to create.


We're asking that interested participants sign up by emailing
interaction at by November 15th, 2009. All we need is a list of
names of the individual/team that will be collaborating on a
submission, and contact information for the individual/team
representative. Team sizes up to four individuals are permissible.


The Interaction 10 Local Design Challenge is generously sponsored by
Adobe Systems. The winners in each of the Individual and Team
categories will receive a copy of Adobe Creative Suite (up to 4
suites for the team) and $1000 donated in their name to a local
Savannah charity.

Important Dates

November 15 - Participation enrollment ends
December 15th - Submissions due
January 15th - Selections announced

For more information about the Design Challenge, please visit

About the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)

With over 10,000 members worldwide and almost 70 local groups around
the world, the IxDA network actively focuses on interaction design
issues for the practitioner, no matter his or her level of
experience. IxDA is a novel kind of “un-organization” and relies on
its passionate members to help serve the needs of the international
Interaction Design community. Learn more about IxDA at

About the Creative Coast Alliance

The Creative Coast Alliance (TCCa) is a non-profit organization
supported by The City of Savannah the Savannah Economic Development
Authority (SEDA) that exists to help create, grow and attract
higher-wage jobs and knowledge-based businesses. Learn more about
TCCa at

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