Learn to Design Real Apps that Change Lives
Ready to Change the World?

Let us show you how. Design the Future is an award winning Design Thinking and STEM summer program that teaches high school students the skills needed to make a difference. Join a team. Meet your expert design coach. And work with your Project Partner -- a wise mentor who lives with a disability -- to design a life-changing app that solves a problem they face in their daily life.

We're looking for students who are curious, motivated, and want to make the world a better place. Is that you?  

Let's Do This! 

Testimonials

See what past students have to say about the impact of Design the Future on their lives...

Aaditya Pore
On how Design the Future helped him make a big impact during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Anika Jena
On her Design the Future experience and how it impacted her.

6 Years

61 Project Partners

84 Life-Changing Products

Design the Future Overview

Design the Future is an award-winning Design Thinking & STEM summer program that teaches high school students how to design and build products for individuals with disabilities.

The program, created by DC Design and developed in collaboration with the Institute of Design at Stanford University (the d.school), partners teams of high school students and their university design coach with an individual living with a physical disability, whom we call a Project Partner.

Over the course of the program, student teams work to design real solutions to the everyday challenges their Project Partners face. 

Design the Future: Digital

Design the Future: Digital is the next iteration of this program, offering students from all over the world the chance to participate from their own homes. In this two-week remote program, students design and launch real apps that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

2 WEEK PROGRAM
June 14-25, 2021
9AM - 1:30PM PST 12PM - 4:30 PM EST
DESIGN EXPO TIME
Saturday 6/26
9AM - 1:30PM PST
12PM - 4:30 PM EST
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LEARN DESIGN THINKING
A powerful process for innovation and problem solving
LIFE-CHANGING MENTORSHIP
From Project Partners to develop your product

EXPERT GUIDANCE
From design coaches
LEARN UX/UI DESIGN
From professional designers
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BUILD A REAL APP
that changes someone's life
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
and design together
Design the Future: Digital

Design the Future: Digital is the next iteration of this program, offering students from all over the world the chance to participate from their own homes. In this two-week remote program, students design and launch real apps that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

2 WEEK PROGRAM
June 14-25, 2021
9AM - 1:30PM PST 
12PM - 4:30 PM EST
STUDENT DESIGN EXPO 
Saturday 6/26
10AM - 1:30PM PST/
12PM - 4:30 PM EST
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LEARN DESIGN THINKING
A powerful process for innovation and problem solving
LIFE-CHANGING MENTORSHIP
From Project Partners to develop your product

EXPERT GUIDANCE
From design coaches
LEARN UX/UI DESIGN
From professional designers
phone_iphone
BUILD A REAL APP
that changes someone's life
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
and design together
Want to Learn More? 

Sign up for our FREE Design the Future: Digital webinar and WE'LL PAY YOU $50 toward your enrollment if you're accepted. 

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Who's Eligible?
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Design the Future: Digital is open to students worldwide!

As long as you have access to: 

  • A computer or laptop
  • High speed internet
  • A webcam (we'll be using zoom)
  • A good attitude

And you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply to be part of the program.

Any student who at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year was in the 8th - 12th grade can participate in Design the Future: Digital this summer.


High school students from all across the world will be taking part in Design the Future: Digital this summer! Will you?

Location & Tech
computer
wifi
videocam

Design the Future: Digital is open to students worldwide!

As long as you have access to: 

  • A computer of laptop
  • High speed internet
  • A webcam (we'll be using zoom)
  • A good attitude

And you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply to be part of the program.

Who's Eligible?

Any student who at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year was in the 8th - 12th grade can participate in Design the Future: Digital this summer.


High school students from all across the world will be taking part in Design the Future: Digital this summer! Will you?

Design the Future: Digital costs $1,250 but...

There are three ways to save on the program cost.

Discount Code
Sign up for our free webinar to learn more about the program and you’ll receive a discount code for $50 off. 
Referral Program
Refer your friends! For each friend that you refer who fully enrolls in the program, you’ll get a $50 gift card.  

*Referral System will be rolled out soon for students who have registered and started an application.

Scholarship
We have a limited number of scholarships available for students who demonstrate significant financial hardship, especially Black and brown students who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. 
Check the box when applying to be considered for scholarship funding.

Who You'll Learn From

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Project Partners
The lifeblood of Design the Future. This program isn’t possible without them and their commitment to mentoring Design the Future students. They choose to share their gifts with students and it’s a good thing, because their life experiences as working professionals, community volunteers, olympic athletes, designers, engineers, student mentors and more help students start to understand life in a different way. 
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Lead Facilitators
These are the people who run the program and teach students the fundamental concepts of Design Thinking, Design for Disability, and more. They are expert designers and engineers with tons of facilitation experience to boot. You’ll definitely want to get to know them! 
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Design Coaches

Come from all walks of life, from university students to professional designers, we source the best mentors for students to gain the wisdom they need to succeed in this program and beyond. 

What to Expect 
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40+ hours of guidance and mentorship by professionals: Designers, university design students, professors, experts in engineering, and more.

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Fantastic speakers in the areas of health, mobility, design, engineering, assistive technology, autonomous living, entrepreneurship and more.

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Experience designing and building a functional app, while also learning the skills needed to do it time and time again.

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Real-world Design Thinking knowledge as used and taught by DC Design and the Stanford University design school (the d.school).

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The chance to solve a real problem that negatively impacts your Project Partner’s life.



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An understanding of UX & UI Design methods like persona creation, storyboarding, wireframing, app layout, app design, and more! 

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Life-changing insights from Project Partners about living with a disability and the importance of designing human-centered products. 

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Lasting friendships and membership in a select community of like-minded peers, all striving to make the world better.


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Possibly, the best experience of your life!




Still not convinced? Sign up for our free informational session and receive a special code for $50 off. The future is yours to create. What will you make of it? 

Design the Future Expo

On the final day of the program, family, friends, and the wider community are invited to the Design the Future Expo, a virtual showcase of all student projects from the year. See and interact with their final products, learn about their stories, and see the journey our students, Project Partners, and Design Coaches took as they came together to create a new product to benefit the world. 

But...Is Design the Future right for me?

Design the Future IS incredible...but it isn’t for everyone. You should only enroll in our 2021 class if you:

Are excited to take on a real-world project with the potential to help other people and make a difference in the world.
Want to see what it’s like to work as an engineer, designer, or creative problem solver in the real world.
Want to learn a life-changing problem solving process called Design Thinking that you can use to design your own life and the world around you.
Would be excited to learn UX & UI Design, storyboarding, wireframing, and other app design methods on the road to creating a real app, even if you have NO EXPERIENCE already.
Are excited to finally move beyond the basic class project.
Want to make seriously amazing friends with other students from across the United States and around the world.
Want to learn and gain mentorship on approaches to college, career, and living a full life from professors, professional designers, college students and Project Partners living with disabilities.
Want to develop a unique story for your college application that showcases your interests.
Want to be able to commemorate or showcase your learnings through our “Design the Future Certificate of Completion”, which recognizes and celebrates your journey toward new understanding and skills.

If a number of these things get you fired up, let's get started!

Need More Info?

Sign up for our FREE Design the Future: Digital webinar and GET $50 OFF the cost of your enrollment if you're accepted. 

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