Foster a social impact-friendly environment for your studio that’s open, collaborative, and supportive by making the most out of the resources your campus has to offer. To help teams collaborate more openly, build prototypes faster, receive regular feedback, and push their projects to the next level, make sure DFA members are aware of the tools at their disposal!
Output: Mentors have reviewed your studio’s plan to get resources for teams, with defined deadlines for university budgeting cycles.
The Jerry the bear team was able to submit a number of early, partially-working prototypes to school and student competitions. After winning a few of these competitions, the team was able to win money to continue prototyping their idea and receive mentorship to learn the technical and business skills needed to get their idea into the world.
DFA U of Illinois was able to secure space from the computer science department through their faculty advisor.
DFA RPI worked with their advisor, who is the head of the Product Design Innovation (PDI) Program to secure working space in the PDI's classrooms. They even worked with the PDI department to convert a small office being used for storage into a mini 'DFA office' so they could store materials and prototypes.
DFA MIT created a resource guide available to their project team members - including faculty mentors, shop facilities, and computer software. Consider putting together a summary of resources for your members to show them all your studio has to offer.
DFA CWRU|CIA housed at an entire floor of the new think[box] collaboration and innovation space! By connecting the needs of think[box] along with the needs and goals of the studio, they were able to collaborate to benefit all involved.