Schedules

 

Today’s On-going Events


8:00 am – 5:00pm

Faunce Underground

The Lounge


10:45am – 12:00pm

The Lounge/Faunce Underground

Office Hours


12:00pm – 1:00pm

Sayles Hall

The Expo


12:00pm – 1:00pm

DesignxRI Portfolio Reviews


All Day

Main Green
Matter.io

 

Alexander Hadik

Co-Chair

2013, 2012

Brown University, 2015

Computational Biology

www.alexhadik.com

Email Alexander Hadik

Allison Wong

Panels Coordinator

2013, 2012

Dual Degree, 2015

Industrial Design; Urban Studies

Email Allison Wong

Anna Plumlee

Participant Experience Coordinator

2013, 2012

Brown University, 2015

Political Science

Email Anna Plumlee

Catherine Hebson

Challenge Coordinator

2013

Brown University, 2016

Mechanical Engineering; Geophysics

Email Catherine Hebson

Hannah Bebbington

Co-Chair

2013, 2012

Brown University, 2014

Economics

Email Hannah Bebbington

Ho Jun Yang

Public Relations Coordinator

2013

Brown University, 2016

Undecided

Email Ho Jun Yang

Isabella Giancarlo

Speakers Coordinator

2013, 2012

Brown University, 2014

Environmental Studies; Visual Arts

Email Isabella Giancarlo

Jeffrey Conti

Operations Coordinator

2013

Brown University, 2014

Economics

Email Jeffrey Conti

Jia Lee

Web Design

2013

RISD, 2014

Graphic Design

www.artjelly.com

Email Jia Lee

Keela Potter

Branding

2013

RISD, 2014

Graphic Design

Email Keela Potter

Patricia Dranoff

Food + Sustainability Coordinator

2013

RISD, 2015

Industrial Design

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Email Patricia Dranoff

Pierie Korostoff

Social Events Coordinator

2013

Dual Degree, 2016

Textiles; Urban Studies

Email Pierie Korostoff

Peter Aranha

Partnership + Finance

2013

Brown University, 2014

Environmental Politics; Economics

Email Peter Aranha

Sage Green

Partnership + Finance

2013

Brown University, 2014

Urban Studies

Email Sage Green

Sophia Diaz

Workshop Coordinator

2013

Brown University, 2014

Biotechnology; Physiology

Email Sophia Diaz

Teshia Treuhaft

Public Relations Coordinator

2013

RISD, 2014

Grad Furniture Design

teshiatreuhaft.com

Email Teshia Treuhaft

Speaker Spotlight: Changing the world through storytelling - an Interview with Julie Beeler

Julie Beeler and Brad Johnson are the Co-Founders and creative leaders of Second Story, a multidisciplinary media studio that has pushed the boundaries of interactive storytelling across digital channels—Web, mobile, and through digitized environments—since 1994. The studio has been a recognized leader in creating immersive content-rich interactive experiences for many of the world’s great brands and cultural institutions including National Geographic, the Smithsonian, MoMA, the Library of Congress, Nike, Target, and Coca-Cola. Now part of SapientNitro, Second Story’s current focus is in incubating innovative experiences that connect audiences to ideas in environments and installations that blend digital and physical realms.

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Julie Beeler & Brad Johnson

As they are key speakers for the BWxD ’13 Conference, we were excited to hear what Julie Beeler and Brad Johnson would speak about and were able to get  a quick description of the crux of their talk:

Producing innovative work means you aren’t just making the same thing over and over, you are instead making something you have never made before. Reflection affords one the necessary consideration of context in ensuring change: ‘how is what I am doing now different than what I have been doing, and where is this trajectory pointing?’ In this presentation we will look at some of the transformations we experienced as a result of pause and effect reflection—most notably, that innovation depends on the evolution of the innovator, and that change is more easily achieved by organizations that are constantly changing.

With that in mind, we wanted to know more about our speaker and were able to prepare an exclusive interview with Julie Beeler.

 

BWxD: You’ve been with Second Story for almost two decades now. Can you tell us a little about some of your most memorable projects?

JB: Going on assignment in 1997 with National Geographic in search of the Giant Squid was thrilling. Brad was in New Zealand gathering content and building the site with Julie in Berkeley through daily dispatches that revealed the large crew’s attempts at capturing footage of a live architeuthis. The Theban Mapping Project was an awesome opportunity to use interactive media to connect broad audiences with rich archeological content. Dr. Kent Weeks’ exhaustive collection of mapping data, their exhaustive photographic documentation, laser-scanned tombs, comprehensive database of information, and lively first-person tours all converge in a singular interface that reveals every part of each of the 60+ Egyptian tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The projects that combined storytelling with navigable 3D worlds were always exciting. The Lagoda revealed the culture and industry of whaling through a nineteenth-century whaling ship. We explored Thomas Jefferson’s eighteenth-century world through Monticello, and in Yin Yu Tang audiences could connect to a rural Chinese family through their seventeenth-century home. Breaking out of screens and into the real world has been the most exciting frontier to explore. The Alumni Center at the University of Oregon is filled with towering media cascades that serve the stories and content that reveals an institution. For the National Academy of Sciences we designed an interactive exhibition to help audiences understand climate change and what can be done to address it, and at the other end of the spectrum, Coca-Cola’s Vault of the Secret Formula uses interactive environments to enchant audiences through mystery and obfuscation.

BWxD:  Your company prides itself on ‘pushing the boundaries of storytelling’ in creating interactive installations and projects. What sort of creative processes does your studio undergo in order to push design past traditional limits?

 

JB: There are several dimensions to our creative process that contribute to this constant pushing. As there are multiple dimensions to storytelling, we have always fostered a multidisciplinary creative team dynamic where ideas are born through a collaborative, iterative process. It is important that content, design, and technology considerations all co-inform the development of an idea from the outset. Our thinkers are makers, and their creative expertise is informed by their facility with their respective craft. We are constantly drawing on past experiences to inform future projects, and each new project is often an inventive mix of elements from several predecessors. Its as though we have a dynamic, evolving canon of work that we keep re-mixing in new ways to invent new variations. At the end of most projects we have a post-mortem and consider what worked well and what didn’t, and we try to imagine what the 2.0 version of the project could be. That imagined “pulsing” of the past inspires future projects that inherit their predecessor as a baseline on which to build. Our creative approach, both design and technical, is based on the concept of ‘designing from the inside out.’ Starting with the story, the content, the heart of the user experience we need to create and building out around that. Often in digital interactive design you see a process that starts from the outside and ultimately is refined inward and we take the opposite approach allowing us to start with the emotive and engaging and carry it through to the final experience that the visitors, users, guests and customers interact with. We make every attempt possible to “get real fast.” This means we try to go from an idea to something experiential as fast as possible so that no one can be blindly seduced by what they imagine through an abstraction layer. Our lab is an important ingredient in the penchant for pushing the limits: here our teams are constantly experimenting with new technologies that inspire the whole studio. We get to build things early in the creative process to design in context and iterate from a more informed perspective.

 

BWxD: Have you ever thought of any of your exhibits as failures, and if so how did you move on or learn from your experience?

JB: There was an online exhibition that we did about the history of American transportation that failed to live up to its potential, and served to awaken in us an understanding of the importance of the emotional dimensions of an experience. We got caught up in some nuanced intellectual considerations about how we could facilitate navigating through an exhibition and ‘behind the gallery walls’ to discover multiple perspectives and different levels of mediation around objects in a collection. In the end we realized not many people cared because they hadn’t been hooked in. We realized we need to connect with the heart before the mind, and it taught us the importance of balancing each ingredient in a story experience equally. There are other projects that have various and diverse components that we look critically at and would consider failures. These are sometimes small UI details, or lack of content that makes for a thin experience, and other times there are larger meta structures and frameworks that created systems and development issues but it is learning from these that allows us to continue to evolve, improve and advance our work to the next level.

 

BWxD: Your studio has received numerous awards and honors. Which are you most proud of and why?

JB: It is rewarding to get the validation that comes along with awards and accolades. They are affirmations from industry experts or popular culture that let you know you are doing something right. We are most proud however when you can really experience first-hand the effects a project is having on audiences. That is one thing about creating experiences in environments that has been most rewarding: to witness individuals and groups interacting with media experiences.

 

BWxD: What’s next for you?

JB: Helping Sapient take Second Story to new heights in new cities and making art.

Towards a Better World

Over the last five years, A Better World by Design has grown into a truly multi-disciplinary community of passionate students, professionals, and academics. For the three days of the conference, we celebrated the progress that our community has made toward a better world. In honor of this progress and the individuals like you who have made it happen, we have initiated the Better World Hall of Fame.

Anil Gupta

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Founder of the Honey Bee Network

Looking to the poor of India, business professor Anil Gupta saw innovations and talent that were not being supported. In response, he started the Honey Bee Network and began searching the country with colleagues, often on foot, finding a myriad of inventions developed out of necessity. These discoveries are documented and often shared with the global community in order to facilitate the spread of ideas and innovation. Since 1988, the network’s database of original inventions has grown to over 12,000, and its newsletter is now published in 8 languages and distributed to 75 countries. Gupta also worked with the government of India to establish the National Innovation Foundation, which holds national competitions to encourage new inventors and helps sustain them through the National Micro Venture Innovation Fund. Through his efforts, Gupta has uncovered groundbreaking devices such as a pedal-operated washing machine, a micro-windmill battery charger, and a hoe powered by a bicycle.

John Fetterman

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Mayor of Braddock, PA

John Fetterman graduated from Harvard University in 1999 with a Master of Public Policy degree. He moved to Braddock in 2001 to work for AmeriCorps, helping local youth who had left school earn their GED. After living in Braddock for four years, attracted by what he called the town’s “malignant beauty”, Fetterman ran for mayor in 2005. Following his election, Fetterman initiated youth and art programs, created a community center, and has initiated development of the town’s condemned buildings and struggling economy. Fetterman has attracted many young artists to the town through cheap rent and starting various art exhibitions. The town’s “renaissance” has attracted individuals from cities such as Chicago and Portland, Oregon, drawn by the potential for development and growth. Other programs he has spearheaded include a two-acre organic urban farm, run by teenagers of the Braddock Youth Project. Fetterman has also been involved in the Environmental Defense Fund’s advocacy for carbon caps and green technology and believes that development of green energy industries can revitalize the region’s economy.

Josh Nesbit and Isaac Holeman

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Founders of Medic Mobile

While students at Stanford and Lewis and Clark, Josh Nesbit and Isaac Holeman began using the free software application FrontlineSMS to coordinate the logistics of healthcare workers at St Gabriel’s Hospital in Malawi where they were working. Inspired by the application and the difficulties patients had to go through to see a medic, Josh and Isaac founded MedicMobile. MedicMobile works with healthcare partners to leverage technology to connect patients to medical professionals and improve the services they provide. The company uses both software they have developed as well as open source software developed by other organizations. One tool they have created allows health care workers to explain patients’ symptom and transmit medical records using simple text messages. They hope to partner with a group from UCLA to offer a $15 diagnostic tool that uses a cellphone’s light and camera to remotely analyze a blood sample for malaria and tuberculosis.

Mert Isiri, Yuri Malina, and Hannah Chung

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Founders of Design for America

In 2008, with the guidance of Northwestern University professor Liz Gerber, Mert Isiri, Yuri Malina, and Hannah Chung founded Design for America, a student organization intended to activate students to apply the design process to solving social and environmental issues. Now several years later, the organization has spread to 14 colleges and universities across the country, increasing awareness of the impact of design for social innovation to students nationwide. In addition to continuing to mentor new leaders within the organization, Mert, Yuri, and Hannah are working on their own start-ups born from Design for America projects. Mert and Yuri are working on a solution to hospital-born infection while Hannah is working with Aaron Horowitz on making an interactive teaching tool for children with type 1 diabetes.

Veronika Scott

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Founder of the Empowerment Plan

As a student at the College for Creative Studies, Veronika realized a true need in her community, Almost 1 in 42 people in Detroit are homeless and the temperatures can get incredibly low. Not everyone can get into homeless shelters at night and must stay out in the freezing cold. In order to address this problem, Veronika created a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort during the night. This school project turned into The Empowerment Plan. This continuing humanitarian project works to achieve two ends: providing pride, skills, and money to homeless women in Detroit and providing coats at no cost to the homeless population there. The women are taught to manufacture the coats and are paid for their labor, providing both an income source to start saving for a home and valuable professional skills that they can use to find employment. Through sponsorship the coats that are produced are distributed for free to the homeless locally and globally.

DCI Challenge

The DCI Design Challenge is a collaboration between A Better World by Design and DCI. DCI and Better World have been working together for five years to create a platform for students and professionals to develop product solutions for real world problems. We believe that the design challenge format is a powerful way to get designers of all kinds to engage in tangible problem solving. Our challenge is open to all, and we can’t wait to see what you create.

 

The Prompt

Prompt

We challenge you to reexamine your routine consumption of food, objects, electricity or any consumable resource. Render a product that enables consumers to reduce everyday waste, on an individual or global scale. Waste can be considered as energy, time, food, packaging, space, or any other element of consumption that inspires you. All entries will be judged by a panel of experts on quality of concept, feasibility of production, and consumer appeal. Keep in mind the size restrictions (8’ by 8’ by 8’) and material possibilities (wood pulp, silicon, bamboo, ceramics, glass).

 

ABWxD DCI Challenge from ABetterWorldByDesign on Vimeo.

A Better World by Design and DCI

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Since 2008, A Better World by Design has brought together students from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design to promote the use of design principles as a tool to bridge academic and professional fields across disciplines.

Decor Craft Inc. (DCI) is a Providence-based consumer product design and distribution company, uniting fashion and function through innovation. DCI acknowledges the necessity for sustainable practices in the consumer goods market, and they are seeking to create products that address this by incorporating responsible manufacturing practices and materials in their designs.

Judges

 

The judging panel is a combination of professional and academic designers, industry professionals, and A Better World by Design community members.

 

 

Professional Panel:

Andy Law
RISD Industrial Design Associate Professor

Soojung Ham
RISD Industrial Design Department Head and Associate Professor

Gregor Mittersinker
Loft, Llc Co-Founder and Principal and RISD Industrial Design Adjunct Professor

Christina Bertoni
RISD Foundation Studies Professor and Advising Coordinator

Tony Morettini
IBM Business Unit Executive and RI Senior State Executive

Gregory Victory
RISD Student Affairs Associate Vice President and Career Center Director

Isaac Blankensmith
RISD Industrial Design ’13, ABWxD 2010 (Vice Chair)-2012 Committee Coordinator, and currently a Google Creative Lab Designer

 

 

Student Panel:

Maeve Jopson
2013 DCI Challenge 1st Place Winner, RISD Industrial Design ’13, and Co-Founder of Increment

Mary Yining Shao
2013 DCI Challenge 2nd Place Winner and RISD Industrial Design ’14

Patricia Dranoff
RISD Industrial Design ’15

Megan Wu
RISD Industrial Design ’15

Grace Yoon
RISD Industrial Design ’15

Zoe Clark
RISD Industrial Design ’15

Nicolas Sholz
RISD Industrial Design ’15

Riley Sykes
RISD Industrial Design ’16

Prizes

Work will be reviewed and critiqued by our panel of judges.

The top five designers will be invited to come to the 2014 A Better World by Design conference in Providence, RI to show their work.

      3-day pass is included
      Student or professional housing can be arranged
      Travel can be covered or subsidized

The winning 3 designs will receive cash prizes of:

      1st place: $1000
      2nd place: $500
      3rd place: $250

The winning designs will be produced by DCI and sold all over the world. Designers name will be featured on the product online, in print, and on product packaging.

Workshops

There will be workshops held in the coming months at the Brown Design Workshop!

We’ll let you know when they are set.

Submission Process

The submission process is structured to guide the design process and give our judges the opportunity to give you feedback along the way.

Round 1: What’s your idea?

Round 1

 This stage is for getting an idea out of your head. Download the submission form here. Fill it in, however you would like, then email it back to us at submit@abetterworldbydesign.com.

You can:

     Create your renderings on a computer, and insert them into the form.
Scribble them on a napkin, and scan them into the form.
Make a sketch model, and take pictures of it to insert in the form.

Whatever is the best way for you to get your first sketch out there, do that. Remember that the judges are just looking for your ideas at this stage, so don’t feel like a polished final design is necessary.

 

 

 The top designs will be selected to go on to the next round. You will be notified on July 29th if your design is selected. Your submission will be returned with feedback from the first round of judges.

 

DEADLINE: July 15th

Round 2: Reflect, revise, and personalize

Round 2

This is when you get to implement the feedback you receive and further develop your idea.

Submit your revised idea in a PDF format.

The top five submissions will be invited to come to the 2014 A Better World by Design conference in Providence, RI on September 19 to present their ideas to the final panel of judges. Submissions will be returned to submitters beforehand with feedback from the judges.


DEADLINE: August 19th

Round 3: The crit of all crits

Round 3

In this stage, you will present your idea to the final judges during a workshop at the 2014 A Better World by Design conference this September. You will have a set time limit, a projector, and whatever else you need to get your idea across in that time. Accommodations will be taken care of through A Better World by Design.

Mike Eng

Director

2008 - 2012

RISD, 2009

Industrial Design

www.mike-eng.com

Sharon Langevin

Director

2008 - Present

Brown University, 2009, Grad 2011

Electrical Engineering; International Development

Steve Daniels

Director

2008 - Present

Brown University, 2010

Technology for Emerging Markets

Tino Chow

Director

2008 - Present

RISD, 2009

Graphic Design

www.tinochow.com

It's going to be amazing!

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Come and experience the stories and progress galvanized by six years of A Better World by Design. We have a great deal of new and exciting content planned that will increase attendee participation and work to create viable solutions to some of the world’s toughest environmental and social problems. We have 7 amazing speakers confirmed including Juliette LaMontagne, a TED Senior Fellow and Lead Breaker, and Daniel Feldman, an Architect from Los Andes University and lead for the Presidential Advisor on Special Programs in Colombia, as well as more than than a dozen workshops planned to allow participants unique hands-on experiences.

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The Conference Theme

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In addition to our great lineup, we have a theme for this year: Pause + Effect. It is a decision to make reflection a part of your creative process. Not stagnation, but rather, a state of dynamic equilibrium. Our conference is an opportunity for attendees to pause — reflect, revise, and redirect their perspectives — and effect change wherever they go from here.

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DCI Challenge

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The BWxD and DCI challenge is a yearly design competition that asks students and professionals to pause and effect a socially-conscious topic through design and discourse.


The 2013 Winners

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About the Designer
Maeve is an industrial designer focused humanitarian design and social entrepreneurship. She believes in working hard, playing, learning, collaborating, creating, and living well. She is currently in the process of launching Increment, a toy design company for children with disabilities.

 

Product Elevator Pitch
Is your wet-bar-of-soap-problem getting out of hand? If you can’t handle the issue, it can be a slippery slope. Down the drain. Its time to take the gloves off and make a clean getaway. Instead of struggling to hold onto your soap when it gets too small, tuck it in the SoapSaver with any other soap scraps and extend soap-life dramatically. The bar-soap shaped silicone casing makes it easy to grip, and a perforated bottom allows the soap suds through, so you can use it just like a bar of soap (minus the dropping and the slipping and the tears). So, grab life by the soap, and get clean.


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About the Designer
As a Chinese who immigrated to Canada, and studies in the US, I was able to open up my mind with multi-cultural knowledge. I have came from a fine art background, drawing and painting for as long as five years before RISD. However, after learning more about Industrial Design and how it could benefit millions of users, I have decided to pursue a degree in ID. I have been designing with the universality between people, making sure that the design does not only apply to a single race, gender, or cultural background, so my design can be used by and benefit anyone and everyone.

 

Inspiration
Poke is a design inspired by the commonly used international adapter plugs. They are small and act as a bridge between a plug and an outlet. After carefully studying them, I find the similar method can be applied, but instead of converting the electricity current, I can design it so it stops the current completely with a simple poke.

 

Product Elevator Pitch
Every year, an average family will waste a minimum of $130 for leaving the plugs on. This would add up to 4 billion of waste in America. However, even then, many choose to not unplug simply because how troublesome it gets. Is unplugging the only way to stop electronics sucking out energy? Well, with Poke, there is another way, a simpler way; a quick poke on the plug will solve all the problem and help you save on money and our environment. It is the outlet that makes your electronics sustainable


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About the Designer
I am an artist that found great joy in design. Whenever I am not designing I am a painter and sculptor.

 

Inspiration
I fell in love with Graffiti at thirteen, since then Ive found it impossible to not look at the world for how beautiful it could be.

 

Product Elevator Pitch
The Liquid Leash is a quick and simple way to turn any ordinary plastic bottle into a reusable water canteen. Every time you refill your plastic bottle, you stop another bottle from going into the landfill.

Partners

We are so inspired by the fact that these designers, presenter, innovators, and their future predecessors find themselves communicating under one roof. We are also proud that it is our roof they gather under. However, that is only possible because of the strong, lasting partnerships we have with our sponsors. You not only give us the wherewithal to facilitate these interactions, but you also are an extremely important and connected catalyst for the ideas born here! As our partner, you are a collaborator in change, not just with us, but also with the thousands of minds that comprise our community. Thank you.

Cutler and Company

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Cutler & Company is a communications design firm specializing in message development, content development, conference/event production, branding, social media and media relations. In 2013, Cutler & Company also launched Smaller Cities Unite!, a venture that aims to connect creative talent, entrepreneurs, students, government and the academic community between cities with populations under 1.5 million.

 

Smaller Cities Unite! was founded on the premise of cultivating the question of What if….What if smaller cities (and their residents) explored interesting and impactful ways in which they could collaborate; thus, creating new paradigms for problem solving, product and policy development, as well as engaging its citizenry (particularly its student populations)? In other words, Smaller Cities Unite! is a platform that wishes to explore a new form of citizen diplomacy—one that is based on trust, respect and action; proving to the world that smaller cities can align quickly, open their networks easily, and create new kinds of relationships leading to unique forms of engagement fast!

 

Smaller cities understand and work within the confines of their size each and every day. Size matters, and smaller cities have the power to enlist professional (and personal) networks in order to bolster ideation and ultimately create meaningful change quicker than their larger counterparts.

DCI


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DCI is a consumer product design, development & distribution company. Our novel approach marries fashion, function and fun with colorful, innovative design. We are represented in thousands of outlets around the globe.

 

DCI’s relationship with A Better World by Design was established to promote an open dialog between students and companies, to provide a place to network and share ideas, and to give space to explore consumer product culture. We hope to develop innovative products grounded in ideas of social and environmental impact.

Brown Undergraduate Finance Board

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The Undergraduate Finance Board serves as a source of funding and financial advisory to Category III student groups on campus. UFB draws from the student activities fees to budget among over one hundred-twenty Category III groups and fifty Category II groups. UFB is a 12-member board of Brown students, with 8 members, the Chair, and the Vice Chair elected by campus-wide direct election to one-year terms at the end of spring semester. Our purpose is to support financially, and to the greatest extent possible given limited resources, every eligible student group in order for it to meet its goals based on its needs.

3M

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3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. We never stop inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow on Twitter @3Minnovation

The Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University

A key program of the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Social Innovation Initiative supports students with innovative ideas for social change through cross-disciplinary courses, student-led initiatives, support for new ventures, and connections to jobs, internships, and other opportunities to apply learning. The Social Innovation Fellowship, now in its fifth year, provides 15-20 students with up to $4,000 to grow a social venture over the summer, supported by a year of intensive skills training, complementary coursework, and a community of social entrepreneurs on campus offering mentorship and critique.

Green Dot

Green Dot Holdings LLC is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with a full line of biobased and compostable materials sold under the Terratek® brand name. They believe that sustainable products start with good design, and they’re eager to introduce designers to the possibilities offered by these new innovative materials. Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research.

Autodesk

Autodesk–a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software–empowers people to imagine, design, and create a better world. The company’s top four software suites are now available for free to nonprofits throughout North America. Learn more at http://www.autodesk.com/technologyimpact.

Bixby International

Bixby International is a custom thermoplastic sheet extruder and laminator located in the historic seaport city of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Founded more than 135 years ago in Haverhill, Massachusetts as a footwear manufacturer, Bixby has a long, rich history. Bixby prides itself on being a company that cares about its people and the surrounding community. One of Bixby’s core values is our strong Corporate Social Responsibility. It also recognizes that excellence is a journey, not a destination. It is ISO 9001:2008 certified. This is not just a certification for Bixby, but a dynamic program that it uses everyday to improve its quality and customer service. In addition, Bixby has a very successful Continuous Improvement program that relies on the principles of Lean Manufacturing (Kaizen, 5S, Kanban, Visual Work Place, etc.).

Brown University School of Engineering

Brown University’s School of Engineering educates future leaders in the fundamentals of engineering in an environment of world-class research. It stresses an interdisciplinary approach and a broad understanding of underlying global issues. Collaborations across the University campus and beyond strengthen our development of technological advances that address challenges of vital importance to us all. This year, the School of Engineering is partnering with A Better World by Design to create new bridges of knowledge and experience between engineering and design. The two organizations will collaborate throughout the year to integrate the two discipline areas through a variety of new initiatives such as the MakerSpace.

RISD Careers

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United States. Recently ranked #1 in Business Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools, approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation.  For more information, visit www.risd.edu or our.risd.edu.

Sappi Fine Paper North America

Sappi Fine Paper North America is the preeminent producer of coated fine paper in North America. In addition to being responsible for many industry firsts, Sappi strongly values sustainability, responsible production and supporting social good initiatives. Sappi continues to invest in projects to reduce solid waste, wastewater and air emissions, and improve water and energy utilization. Since 1999, Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program has awarded over $12 million in grants to designers to support their work for nonprofit programs and organizations.  Beyond partnering with A Better World by Design 2013, Sappi is represented on the Sustainable Design panel by its Director of Sustainability and Technical Marketing, Laura Thompson, Ph. D.

gravitytank

gravitytank is an innovation consultancy. We help clients grow their businesses, define breakthrough products and services, enter new markets and strengthen their positions. Clients come to us to do things like clarify customers’ needs, reinvigorate a brand, or disrupt an industry. We ask productive questions and pursue meaningful answers—uncovering what people truly need and want. We have a bias for action—making ideas tangible to learn from them. And, we build the conviction necessary to sustain new thinking.

Pacific Shaving Company

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At Pacific Shaving Company, we believe that sustainable business practices and environmentally responsible manufacturing are just as important as the products we make. Founded in 2002, our goal was clear: radically improve the shaving experience. The result is a line of safe, natural, eco-friendly shaving essentials that break through the barriers that give shaving a bad name. Manufactured in the USA, our concentrated formulas mean fewer raw materials, less waste, and fewer carbon emissions throughout the supply chain. We also plant a tree for every purchase, offsetting the minimal packaging materials we do use.

Runa

In-Kind

Runa is a Brooklyn-based social enterprise that sells beverages made from guayusa, an Amazonian superleaf. Runa is proud to work with over 2,000 indigenous farming families in Ecuador to make organic, Fair Trade, non-GMO drinks that balance as much caffeine as coffee with twice the antioxidants of green tea. This combination provides you with a focused, sustained, and clean energy to power you through your day. Guayusa grows in biodiverse forest gardens that stimulate environmentally sustainable economic development. Runa’s “Clean Energy” is our promise that every aspect of your drink is enlivening, energizing, healthy, socially conscious, and muy delicioso.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Have you been thinking about changing your designs, changing your perspective, and changing our world? The Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s newly launched, two-year Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program may be a good fit for you. MCAD’s MA is offered 100% online and caters to busy working professionals so that you may work, live, and learn from where ever you are located in the world. Students gain theory, practice, and leadership skills and real-world experience to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges through a groundbreaking program that is underpinned by biomimicry, systems thinking, life cycle analysis, and collaborative problem solving. Contact us at sustainable_design@mcad.edu or visit mcad.edu/sustainable to learn more.

Perkins+Will

Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global interdisciplinary design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s approach, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its services to non-profit organizations. In addition, its pioneering tools, expansive green building portfolio, nearly 1,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, and commitment to the 2030 Challenge all make Perkins+Will one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms. As a first-time sponsor of A Better World be Design, Perkins+Will is thrilled to be joining this growing community of socially-conscious innovators.

mohawk

In everything we do at Mohawk, we’re committed to being part of the solutions. Designers and printers have always turned to Mohawk when they want to make beautiful print. Social responsibility is woven into the fabric of our culture. Today, the fourth generation of the O’Connor family is looking ahead to the future offering a diverse palette of highly regarded recycled, carbon neutral, FSC papers manufactured with a net zero climate impact. We accept our responsibility to create a sustainable business, and commit ourselves to a leadership role in reducing the environmental impact of our business practices. Mohawk has always celebrated passionate people in this industry who use print to make a difference, to market a business, for a cause, or simply to make something lasting and beautiful.

Mailing Address

A Better World by Design

69 Brown St

Providence, RI 02912

Box #3066

Enquiries

For general enquiries:
hello@abetterworldbydesign.com

For partnership enquiries:
partners@abetterworldbydesign.com

For media enquiries:
pr@abetterworldbydesign.com

Volunteering at Better World

Volunteer applications have now closed. We thank you for your application, and look forward to meeting our volunteers!

 

To thank you for your time, all volunteers who complete their committed hours (1-2 hours in the two weeks preceding the conference and 5-6 hours during the conference) will be given a free ticket to attend the conference, a volunteer t-shirt, and the chance to become a part of the global community of ABWxD innovators.

 

Please email us at volunteers@abetterworldbydesign.com with any questions or concerns.

People

People

A Better World by Design was founded in 2008 by Brown University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), and continues to be a collaboration among EWB, Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and communities in Providence.

About Us

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Each year, Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions re-frame perspectives. Better World is an immersive experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to engage our communities and sustain our environment.

 

Better World by Design was started in 2008 by Steve Daniels and Sharon Langevin of Brown University Engineers Without Borders and Mike Eng and Tino Chow from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The annual conference is completely student-organized and attracts thousands from all corners of the world. We have developed a collaborative platform to encourage the free sharing of ideas across disciplines and professional levels. Engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics, and students form lasting connections that lead to real-world change.

 

We have built a worldwide network of social innovators because we believe in thinking globally and acting locally. As we build our global presence, we continue to strengthen our relationships to create impact in our immediate communities. Better World has worked with the local Providence community since the beginning. Advisors such as Andy Cutler from Cutler and Company have broadened our reach, mentored student organizers, and introduced us to opportunities for partnership. We are also involved with companies and organizations like AS220, Mercury Print and Mail, The Steel Yard, Ximedica and the Providence city government.

 

By collaborating with thought-leading students, academics, and professionals, Better World by Design continues to foster mutually enriching exchange and be a strong presence in the fields of sustainable and socially-conscious design.

Going the extra mile

With every decision, from speaker invitations to planning our menus, ABWXD goes the extra mile for the environment. As the largest student-run conference of its kind, sustainability is at the heart of our planning. We work hard to keep the conference going strong, with our environmental impact first and last in mind. On this page, you will find our local food suppliers, goodie bag sponsors and of course, all of our green certifications.

Certifications

This year Better World is seeking Green Event Certification from Brown University. Green Event is a student-driven initiative to promote and facilitate sustainable event planning. Together, Better World and Green Event are  supporting the growth of Brown’s environmentally-friendly culture by providing  the resources to make the adoption of eco-conscious practices an easy action.
  
In efforts to receive a Platinum Rating, Better World is aiming to be a zero-waste event. Volunteers will weigh all of the compost, recycling, and trash thrown out at all meals. Look out for a report on the waste diverted from the landfills through your efforts to compost and recycle properly during the conference.
  
Stay tuned for a final account of our environmental impact. Remember, we can’t do it without your help!

How you can go Green

This year’s conference is doing more than ever to help YOU, the participants, take action! Each attendee will receive their very own mason jar and Cuppow lid. in our efforts to reduce paper waste, these jars are provided for you to enjoy the delicious hot beverages served throughout the conference. Washing areas will be stationed at our lounge for a quick rinse and fresh cup o’ joe!

 

We also encourage participants to bring their own reusable water bottles from home. By refilling your bottles at the various drinking stations around Brown and RISD, you are contributing to a larger effort to keep our campuses PET-free! (include link to ‘bring back the bottle’ campaign)

 

Lastly, please be aware of the different garbage collections throughout the conference. We have taken special care to ensure that all waste is disposed of properly and we hope you do the same! Should participants have questions regarding recycling, composting or any sort of trash, a volunteer will guide you to the right bin!

Food

Each year, we set out to find the best, freshest food from local farms. We are proud to offer Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options at every meal. Should you have any specific allergy or food concern, please contact Patchi at pdranoff@abetterworldbydesign.com.

Goodie Bags

Our goodie bags are specially crafted for participants to make the most out of the conference! Here are a few of our awesome goodie sponsors:

Recycling and Composting

Recycling and composting are some of the best ways to reduce negative environmental impacts because they reduce the waste we send to the landfills, while regenerating trash into new materials. Better World is providing compost in partnership with EcoRI, a Providence-based organization. Volunteers will help you compost and recycle properly at meal times, but be sure to pay attention to what and where you throw out your waste throughout the weekend.

Check-in Locations

Friday, Sept 27   |   8.30 – 9.30 am

Chace Center
Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit St
Providence, RI

 

Saturday, Sept 28 or Sunday, Sept 29   |    8 – 9am

Salomon Hall

Brown University
69 Brown St
Providence, RI

What to Bring

- umbrella
- comfortable walking shoes
- water bottle/reusable mug
- your smartphone/other device, and charger

Getting Here

By Train

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If you are arriving from Boston, you can reach Providence Station via the MBTA train (Providence/Stoughton line of the Commuter Rail). This will take a little over an hour.

 

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If you are arriving from other cities, you can take an Amtrak train to Providence Station.

By Bus

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Megabus offers buses leaving from New York to Providence. It picks you up from 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave, and drops you off at Kennedy Plaza.

 

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Peter Pan offers buses leaving from both New York (Port Authority) and Boston (South Station) to Providence. Be sure to select the Kennedy Plaza stop as it is a short walk from campus.

Where to Stay

The Hampton Inn

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The ABWxD 2013 hotel is The Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Providence. Click here to book a room.

Airbnb

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Airbnb is an online service that matches people with rooms to rent for short term stays, outside the domain of professional hoteliers.

Providence Hotels

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Providence has many other hotels, from the historic Biltmore to familiar chains like Westin and Marriott. For a comprehensive listing of Providence hotels, take a look at Trip Advisor’s Providence hotel directory.

Getting Around

Public Transportation

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The RIPTA bus service is a great way to get around Providence. All buses leave from Kennedy Plaza. The 92 Green Line Trolley goes directly through campus from downtown Providence.

Cab Companies

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Airport Taxi (401) 737-2868
Big Daddy Taxi (401) 578-8182
Checker Cab (401) 273-2222
Corporate Taxi (401) 231-2228
Economy Cab (401) 944-6700
Yellow Cab (401) 941-1122

How you can go Green

As part of ABWxD’s effort to be as sustainable as possible, we ask that you please use our mobile site during the conference if you have a smartphone or web-enabled device.

 

Each attendee will receive their very own mason jar and Cuppow lid. in our efforts to reduce paper waste, these jars are provided for you to enjoy the delicious hot beverages served throughout the conference. Washing areas will be stationed at our lounge for a quick rinse and fresh cup o’ joe!

 

We also encourage participants to bring their own reusable water bottles from home. By refilling your bottles at the various drinking stations around Brown and RISD, you are contributing to a larger effort to keep our campuses PET-free! (include link to ‘bring back the bottle’ campaign)

 

Lastly, please be aware of the different garbage collections throughout the conference. We have taken special care to ensure that all waste is disposed of properly and we hope you do the same! Should participants have questions regarding recycling, composting or any sort of trash, a volunteer will guide you to the right bin!

 

To find out more about how we’re greening our conference, do visit our Eco-logistics page.

What this pass gets you

  1. Networking opportunities with hundreds of other professionals and students
  2. Professionally-facilitated workshops
  3. Presentations by established speakers
  4. Discussions with expert panels
  5. Access to the Better World Expo
  6. Entry to evening social events
  7. All meals provided
  8. Swag bag

Exhibit at the Expo

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The Expo is a great opportunity to meet and learn about upcoming ideas and innovations from students and professionals from a variety of disciplines across the country. If you have any questions about the 2013 Expo, you may email our Expo Coordinator. If you would like to register for the 2013 Expo, please fill out the following form.

I'd love to take part in the Expo

Registration

 

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A Better World Partnership

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Our conference brings together over 1,000 leaders and students from fields as diverse as engineering, business, design, politics, and academia, all working together to solve some of our communities’ most pressing issues. Sponsors of the conference can feel confident that they are reaching an audience of innovators who make change happen.

 

We would love to talk more about your questions and ideas for working together. Please do not hesitate to email us at partner@abetterworldbydesign.com.