Whether you’re planning a studio event or helping teams prototype their solutions, securing funds can be a major roadblock. Have your studio pitch & a budget ready so you can start finding funding!
Outputs Obtain funding for studio events, prototypes, and travel to DFA Network events.(include something about prototyping materials etc.).
In Spring 2016, DFA UC Davis held a 4-hour design challenge event focusing on reducing waste in campus dining halls. As their projects are on a year-long timeline, the studio wanted to spread DFA’s name value on campus and provide an opportunity for non-members to experience DFA. Planning early, they applied to a grant back in Fall 2015 to the College of Engineering and created a partnership with Campus Dining Services to join their event as an expert. In their budget they included funds for prototyping materials, food, and also counted funding to bring CC, DFA National Fellow, to support the event. After the event, the studio leads packaged their event to follow up with College of Engineering! Check out the pictures from the event below:
In Winter 2015, DFA WashU held an Ethics of Human-Centered Design Panel. The panel focused on the ethics of designing for the people. As this was their first year on campus, the studio wanted to get their names out on campus and invite non-designer majors to DFA, while building relationships with the faculty and professionals. They worked closely with their mentor Liz Kramer to reach out to professors in WashU and professionals in St. Louis and ensure that a good crowd shows up to the event. Check out below for their event description and photos!