Announcing the 2014 Student Design Challenge & partner the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

9 Oct 2013 - 12:12pm
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IxDA Student Design Challenge       

We are pleased to announce this year's theme along with our sponsor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

This Year's Challenge: Information For Life

For as low as 10 cents per child, the child health record is a critical component of current health information systems worldwide. This year, the Gates Foundation and the IxDA challenge you to consider how to reach remote populations by designing ways to improve how, where, and when this record is distributed, accessed and used in order to make it a more effective tool for health information and education throughout childhood.

Over six million children under the age of 5 died last year; more than half of these deaths could have been prevented with existing interventions. The global public health community could save millions of lives in the coming years by gaining the trust of families and informing them about how to access effective interventions. But, health organizations remain challenged by how to reach remote populations with life-saving health information when these children or their parents do not speak their country’s national language or cannot read.

Download the full brief here

Related initiatives

The Gates Foundation has chosen the Student Design Challenge to complement the foundation’s Records for Life contest that launched in Fall 2013. The Records for Life contest focuses on the design of the record itself to make it easier to interpret and use. As a complement to Records for Life, the IxDA Student Design Challenge will put focus on the design of the experience: how families use the record as an informational tool that prompts choices and actions that lead to better healthcare for children.

About the Student Design Challenge

Now in its fifth year, the IxDA Student Design Challenge will run during the Interaction14 conference in Amsterdam, February 4-8, 2014. Finalists will be selected from an international pool of exceptional graduate and undergraduate students. Finalists reflect the diversity of interaction design education today and the excellence that is emerging from a new generation of designers.

Finalists will be selected to demonstrate their skills in the 72-hour challenge in Amsterdam, kicking off with a master class with industry mentors on February 4.

How to enter

By December 1, submit a 3-minute video, a 150 word summary, and 2-3 samples of your work here. You (and your partner) must be currently enrolled in grad or undergrad program, or have graduated in 2013 from an interaction design program 
or related design field.

Looking forward to seeing some exciting work,

Dianna Miller & Izac Ross


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