Voices Without Roofs

Voices Without Roofs seeks to answer the question, “how might we help street homeless New Yorkers move into housing?” After extensive interviews with unsheltered homeless New Yorkers frontline outreach workers, we identified three key trends. First, folks experiencing homelessness were generally unaware of what steps they needed to take to move inside. Second, outreach teams…

OpenIDEO New York Chapter

OpenIDEO.com is an open innovation community for social innovation launched and run by IDEO, an international design and innovation consultancy. Participating to OpenIDEO challenges is a great opportunity to learn in real time the human-centered design process while collaborating with an amazingly diverse and global community. DFA NYU members are active participants and facilitators of the…

Crescent Rainbow

Team Names: Harshita Nedunuri, Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Katja Luostarinen, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Project description: Crescent Rainbow is focused on the intersections of identities, and creating safe spaces that empower, encourage expression and create a sense of community. Our problem statement is How might we facilitate the expression of identities at…

Mobility devices for the Elderly

1.5 Million elderly people use walkers, 4 Million elderly people use canes in America. However, what mobility device is the most preferred by them? Shopping cart! When we spoke with one of our elderly from the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living, we asked her if she was prescribed any assistive device. She said, “Yes. My…

The NYU FREEdge

How can we creatively address food insecurity while reducing food waste using human-centered design? Design for America of NYU (DFA NYU) has been working for more than a year on a project (named NYU FREEdge) aiming to address food insecurity while at the same time reducing food waste by sharing leftover food with students who…

Financial Longevity

Design for America NYU Studio created the idea of “The Incubator Club for Credit Union Members” which had been selected for the OpenIDEO challenge of Financial Longevity. The challenge was to design financial services for people age 50+. Mission: The Incubator Club provides those 50 and older with resources (community, networking, mentoring, finance, technical skills, etc.)…

Family Food Insecurity Project

Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from and one-sixth of Americans don’t have enough food to eat (McMillan, National Geographic, 2014). As our team explored what we thought was a shocking piece of information, we found that many working families in the US are faced with food insecurity and…

The Project on Educating Journalists for the XXI Century Newsroom

Journalism used to be all about writing and content creation. However, today media companies produce written content along with web interactives, data applications, podcasts, newsletters, chat bots, and in some cases even software. This change has increased the skills needed for newsrooms  to thrive, adding things like  coding, design, data, product management and ux research….

Medline Project

Note: Go to the journey section below to learn of the project outcome After reviewing the brief, doing some complementary research and talking to an Occupational Therapy expert at NYU Ability lab, our team has decided to focus on the following question: How can we ensure the effective use of mobility devices to help patients…

S. S. Columbia Project (2016-2017 term)

How might we use a unique out-of-school environment to improve engagement in classroom learning for struggling students? The SS Columbia Project aims to revive the National Historic Landmark SS Columbia steamboat while fostering community engagement and STEM education. Our multidisciplinary team of technologists, engineers, and educational experts will be developing innovative social impact experiences while…