One of the mains goals of Design Tinkering is to employ human-centered design and design thinking to create innovative solutions devoted to real social issues. It was precisely this mission that led to the creation of the Greenhouse and subsequently, to NYU students’ participation in several OpenIDEO challenges and submission of winning ideas for OpenIDEO’s E-waste Challenge and Women Safety Challenge.
In early November of 2014, members of the NYU community came together to see if their creative thinking could help “hack” the Ebola outbreak and provide government leaders and health professionals with new solutions for containing the disease’s spread.
Each semester, ten teams of students receive up to $500 to build a hardware or software prototype. Teams present their projects at the showcase and discuss what they learned through building and testing the prototypes, as well as what they plan to do next in the development process.