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Students design responses to the pandemic

This summer, IonE Affiliates Virajita Singh (Office of Equity and Inclusion and College of Design) and Tom Fisher (College of Design), and IonE Staff member Megan Voorhees responded to the pandemic and its economic impacts with a new summer course based on Acara’s core curriculum, Innovation for the Public Good: Post-Pandemic Venture Design (GCC 3005/5005). As part of the UMN Grand Challenge Curriculum, this course was for students looking for a meaningful way to respond to the pandemic over the summer. Teams of students designed financially sustainable ventures that focused on the disruptions caused by the pandemic, including food insecurity, unemployment, housing, transportation, small businesses and workplace closures. Final projects were presented to a group of community leaders and mentors. 

If you are interested in learning what these Grand Challenge students learned, please take a moment to check out this digital book about the class!

This course is being offered again this fall with a slightly different name, Innovation for the Public Good: Design for a Disrupted World, and new instruction team: Andrea Davila, Rob Gradoville, Tony Loyd and Megan Voorhees.

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