Participate in the Design Lab’s new civic challenge

Calling all entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and problem solvers!

In a combined effort to solve complex city problems through design thinking and crowdsourcing, the University of California San Diego Design Lab has launched a city-wide civic design challenge called Design for San Diego (D4SD) with support from the City of San Diego, the National Science Foundation, the Design Forward Alliance, and SCALE San Diego.

This year’s D4SD challenge focuses on urban mobility. We all have places to go and people to see. So whether you’re traveling by car, bike, train, bus, boat or foot for work or play, mobility significantly affects millions of city goers everyday. Join D4SD for an unique opportunity to compete and collaborate with other city innovators to help solve some of the most pressing mobility-related issues facing our city. Participants will have opportunities to work and learn from UC San Diego Design Lab educators and the City of San Diego data science team to use their Open Data portal ( The best solutions will earn cash prizes and private one-on-one meetings with city leaders and startup investors.

On September 21, join Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and design icon and Design Lab founder Don Norman for the kick-off and design hackathon hosted by SCALE San Diego, the city’s newest smart-city accelerator, at Downtown Works. 
On September 22-23, join other innovators to participate in design sprints, find teammates, build prototypes, and win prizes.  The final deadline for the challenge is Oct 24th.  

The official schedule for the D4SD Challenge is:  

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017: 10am - 1pm 
    Kick-Off & Information Session 
    Introduction by Mayor Faulconer, Chancellor Khosla & Don Norman

  • Friday, September 22, 2017:  5:30pm - all night
    D4SD Challenge: Design Sprint & Hackathon - Day 1
    Learn about the challenges, brainstorm, form teams & build prototypes

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017:  all day - 9pm
    D4SD Challenge: Design Sprint & Hackathon - Day 2
    Present prototypes, win prizes & party

Learn more at 

Register for the Kickoff and Information Session on Sept 21

Register for the 2017 Civic Design Challenge on Sept 22-23