Detroit City of Design Challenge

ABOUT

The City of Design Challenge is a program that invites designers, residents, policymakers and others to collaborate around ideas that make life better for more people in Detroit and cities everywhere.

A partnership between Design Core and College for Creative Studies, the program aims to empower more people to learn how to design more inclusively. By providing learning opportunities, community, and access to a wide array of resources, the City of Design Challenge aims to help people create goods, services, and places for everyone. This program is part of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design initiative.

The call opens April 1 through May 16. The brief will be available March 1.

 


2021 THEME: COMMUNITY RESOURCE HUBS

In partnership with Detroit’s Office of Digital Inclusion, this challenge invites participants to develop community tech hubs that support the needs of residents and foster more engaged and informed communities.

The digital divide prevents many Detroiters from participating in an increasingly digital world, and the situation has only gotten worse as COVID-19 has forced schools, libraries, and many other city services online.

This challenge invites teams to develop concepts to deliver public services to residents in a more flexible, innovative, and user-centered way, improving the experience in spaces where people access these services in their communities and expanding their reach through accessible digital experiences.
Selected participants will develop their concepts over the summer with resources and community input before debuting virtual models during Digital Inclusion Week in October 2021. A smaller group of participants will receive additional funds to test their concept and document the process, showcasing results the following year during Detroit Month of Design and the Cumulus Conference in Fall 2022.

 

GET INVOLVED

BE A VIRTUAL GUEST SPEAKER

Are you passionate about civic tech and community engagement? Design Core is seeking virtual “guest speakers” to make short videos sharing their knowledge, experience, and perspectives on how to reimagine access to public services in neighborhoods. The videos will be shared as part of the open source database of information for the 2021 City of Design Challenge.

SUBMIT

JOIN US FOR DINNER

Before we begin, let’s talk about where we’re at. Join Design Core, the City of Detroit Office of Digital Inclusion, and various thought leaders in the field of civic tech to discuss the challenges, possibilities, and potential around community tech hubs in Detroit.

First 50 people per session receive a $10 gift card to Yum Village. Limit to one ticket per person.

RSVP

 

FIND TEAMMATES

If you’re looking for collaborators, create a profile and join us before dinner for our networking events.

CREATE PROFILE
ATTEND

 

SHARE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

We want to hear from residents of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck! Tell us about your needs, desires, concerns, and ideas for what you envision for a tech hub in your community. Simply record a video of yourself (or ask someone in your household for help) sharing your thoughts and email it to us at competitions@designcore.org. Videos should be 2 minutes max. and include your first name and your city.

We’ll share the video on our website throughout the open call to help inform the conversation through the perspective of residents.

As a thank you, we’ll send you a $10 Gift Card redeemable at your choice of four Detroit restaurants.

SUBMIT

Challenge Applications Open: April 1-May 16.

More information about the challenge will be available by March 1.

 

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please contact competitions@designcore.org