Tackle society's pressing issues & earn a UCSD certificate


The Social Innovation Sprint is a two-day event (5/13 & 5/20) where UC San Diego faculty will guide teams of high school and undergraduate students through the design thinking process to develop solutions to pressing social issues. Key topics covered include empathizing, ideating, prototyping, marketing, and pitching.

This quarter's design challenge

We will focus on addressing issues related to homelessness, and local stakeholders (including current and former homeless individuals as well as representatives from organizations working to tackle homelessness) will be present in order for the participants to directly assess user needs and context. The event will culminate in a pitching competition at the end of the second day. 

Future challenges

In upcoming quarters, we will challenge participants of the Social Innovation Sprint to tackle such topics as sustainability, transportation, education, water and food, and health care.



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