Design Jam for Healthy Aging

Workshop / Training
For NYU Community

  • Do you want to learn/hone your design thinking skills?
  • Are you interested in issues related to mobility, health, and aging?
  • Do you want to collaborate with others to create social impact?

If you answered yes to at least one of these 3 questions, check out our upcoming Design Jam For Healthy Aging. This is a one-day design jam to generate innovative solutions to the issue of healthy aging and mobility using the Human-Centered Design Process (a.k.a. Design Thinking).

Brief for the Design Jam: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year and by 2020 there will 29 million falls reported in those 65 and older. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.
However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. This is why AARP Services, Inc. is sponsoring a challenge on OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform for social innovation run by IDEO, the innovation and design consultancy. Participants will be invited to collaboratively develop tools, environments, and campaigns that support people in living mobile, healthy and empowered lives.
During the Design Jam for Healthy Aging, participants  (students from all NYU schools) will be invited to use the Human-centered Design process and collaboratively develop solutions addressing the issue of mobility and aging.  Teams will develop inspirational ideas and light prototypes that they can post on the OpenIDEO platform and take them to the next level with OpenIDEO community's feedback. Moreover, two teams will be awarded up to $500 each as prototyping money to advance their idea.
Our facilitating team will include Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor, Technology Management and Innovation, NYU Tandon, Joanna Spoth, Challenge Manager, OpenIDEO at IDEO and two professional mentors.

Breakfast, lunch and coffee break will be provided. (Breakfast will be served from 9:00 AM.)