Sunday Designathon: Sustainable Fashion and the Circular Economy
The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world. The production and distribution of the crops, fibers, and garments used in fashion are estimated to contribute 8% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Eco fashion is a movement and process of fostering change to clothing and the clothing systems towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. One of the best ways we foster such change is cut down on consumption, and get more use out of stuff we already own. In this exciting experiential workshop (Designathon), you will be given a given team challenge relating to extending the life of clothing using creative ways to repair, share and recycle clothes. The challenges will invite solutions in the areas of technology, product, and business model design.
What is a Designathon: Designathon is an experiential event where participants of diverse background swarm together to solve a common problem.
Why a ‘Designathon’ at BC: Design Thinking is fast becoming synonymous with applied research and innovation across many disciplines. Organizations of all kinds are investing in ‘design thinking’ to keep up with changing societal and global needs, unprecedented business disruptions, radical technology shifts, the need for continuous evolution, to innovate responsibly for the greater good. Students who can demonstrate their ability to apply design thinking stand a better chance for securing internship opportunities or employment. At BC, we are introducing these innovative methods of thinking and making, through various activities. This particular Designathon will focus on promoting a repair culture in a circular economy, which is fast becoming a necessity for the planet.
Why should you attend?
- Learn a real-world skills used in companies like Amazon, AmGen, Autodesk, Microsoft, and T-Mobile
- Learn how to realize ideas and build sketch prototypes
- Learn from the creator of the Design Swarms process
- Add valuable experiences to your resume and become more marketable
- Grow your network
- Learn how to use the creative process called design thinking in your projects
- Learn about sustainability, circular design, and apparel repair skills
- Learn how to make fashion industry more sustainable
- Win an award: Option to submit your ideas to the IDSA Student Design Awards
Schedule: 11 AM - 5 PM (catered lunch and refreshments provided)
- Check-in with snacks & beverages
- Introduction, guest speaker
- Teams formed
- Challenges assigned, problem framing, defining goals
- Creative idea generation techniques
- Catered lunch
- Select the best ideas using the Idea Selection Matrix
- Build simple Prototypes
- Presentations & certificates
Free, but limited to 24. First come first serve. Firm commitment.
Sunday, November 17 at 11:00am to 5:00pm
Carney Hall, Room 452
Boston College, 269-283 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA