The Design4Impact Incubator offers a home for the systematic design of solutions for improving the impact of science on everyday life. This includes the use of design thinking and innovative methodologies for tackling ‘wicked’ problems. The Incubator’s success rests on its facilitation of radical collaboration across disciplines and embracing of unbounded problems through an human-centered lens.
We engage in a cyclical process of empathizing with our users, defining user problems, challenging assumptions to identify innovative solutions (i.e., ideation), prototyping of solutions and rapid experimentation. The Incubator has worked to develop an array of solutions for the PSU social science community.
- design strategies to increase equitable entrepreneurship with support from NASDAQ, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo
- supporting technology solutions for increasing evidence-informed policymaking,
- strategies to improve equity with the research community
- supporting PSU’s Data4Action COVID Study and design thinking studies with industry and philanthropic partners.
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