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Wednesday, October 11 • 8:00am - 9:30am
Designing for Social Good | 8:00 - 9:30 AM

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How is design thinking reshaping sustainability, City Hall, and public health in Austin? Join our panel to learn about designing for social impact and the unique challenges and outcomes of creating for community. This panel features the City of Austin’s Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellowship, the Dell Medical School Design Institute for Health, local startup Gardenio, and is moderated by Ruby Ku, head of the Austin Center of Design.

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Melissa Chapman

Senior Designer, VA Center for Innovation
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Jose Colucci

Director of R&D, Design Institute for Health, Dell Medical School
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Roman Gonzalez

Founder, Gardenio
Gardenio makes it easier to grow your own food by organizing the information, supplies, and community you need to be successful. We're using technology to get you to play in the dirt and never grow it alone! Roman Gonzalez graduated with a Philosophy degree from Brown University... Read More →
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Ben Guhin

Head of Design & Technology Policy, City of Austin, USA
I’m leading a new team that’s developing policy to support the City of Austin’s design and technology transformation. Previously, I started Austin's Design & Technology Fellows program and served as User Experience Lead for the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, leading... Read More →
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Ruby Ku

Austin Center for Design, Director

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Hey startups! SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event applications due November 10. Also mark your calendar for the Startup & Tech Sectors track, which runs March 9-15... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am CDT
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701