Design Sprints, Design Swarms and Beyond: Adapting the best of accelerated collaboration for education

workshop – 240 min | Feb 3 – 14.00

Although agile design sprint approaches are not new anymore, and educational programs now dabble in sprints, charrettes and hackathons, there is still lack of clarity on how to effectively apply these techniques for education. In this 4-hour practical hands-on workshop you will learn and practice how to adopt and adapt the best methods from two powerful and proven techniques that are used across the world, from the creators of each of the techniques.

The Google Sprint Master Academy has now applied the Google Design Sprint methodology beyond product development, to drive educational outcomes. Design Sprints have been adapted to accelerate collaboration and interactive learning in education worldwide, and are being used to empower local school districts to co-create processes that support teachers and technology coaches to initiate a Global Literacy program. Design Swarms, a technique where the design thinking process is made visible and explicit on gameboards, has now been used by over a dozen universities worldwide to teach design using a learning-by-doing approach. This shared visual process allows learners regardless of their skill or disciplinary backgrounds to collaboratively solve problems adopting a design thinking approach. Students learn design skills while co-creating solutions with community stakeholders. These have included ways to prevent addiction, deliver vaccines, age with independence, and overcome homelessness. We have cross-pollinated these two techniques with a global community at the Google Sprint Conference for three years, and are happy to now share our learnings at this workshop.

This fun and high energy workshop will help participants to understand and practice the best of both approaches. Participants will work through a team challenge concurrently in multiple teams, selecting and using methods from each approach. All materials will be provided, and participants will leave with a workshop kit that will enable them to apply learnings in their own organizations.

Kai Haley

Kai Haley
Google

Surya Vanka

Surya Vanka
Authentic Design

About the speakers

Kai Haley

Kai Haley

Google
Kai is an experienced leader in the Design and Innovation Industry, focused on developing vision, strategy and launches for both Google product teams and it’s top partners. She leads the Design Relations team at Google, which supports design excellence for designers and developers building on Google’s platforms. As one of the founders and leads of the Google Sprint Master Academy, she has trained over 800 Sprint Masters to drive innovation across Google’s diverse product areas. She is passionate about creating and teaching human-centered methodologies that increase cross-functional collaboration to create more meaningful products that improve people’s lives and the world. Prior to founding the Design Relations team, she applied her UX expertise to create monetization opportunities in Google search for the Search Ads Team. She earned a master’s degree in Design from CCA, where she focused sustainable design practices and creating positive impact in the world.

Surya Vanka

Surya Vanka

Authentic Design
Surya is creator of the Design Swarms method, a lightweight design technique used in business, non-profit and education worldwide. Surya has run Design Swarms workshops for social impact organizations like the Clinton Global Initiative, Nerus Foundation, and Global Humanitarian Lab; for universities like Boston College, The Ohio State University, Kansas State University, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, Wichita State, UAM Mexico City; for companies like Amazon, Amgen, Autodesk, Callison, Deutsche Bank, T-Mobile, Microsoft, and REI. Surya is founder of Authentic Design, president emeritus of the Seattle Design Festival and chaired Interaction Week 2019. Surya was director of user experience at Microsoft, a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study. He has served on juries of global design awards like Singapore Design Mark and on the boards of organizations like the Design Management Institute and Design in Public. His work has appeared in numerous publications and news programs, including TEDx, Form, I.D., Design Council, WIRED, Interactions, the BBC and National Public Radio. Surya is the author of two books on design and has taught design on every continent but Antarctica.

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