Innovation By Design Students and Projects

Fall 2020

This semester’s students were asked to figure out how might we design and deliver new ways of educating emerging leaders for the mindsets and abilities that enable them to navigate ambiguity.  What kinds of educational experiences do they now need and how might they be delivered? 

Students worked in teams of 3 or 4 and developed prototypes to respond to the design challenge. Click below to watch short videos about their prototypes:

For a great overview of the IBD course and work completed by the students this semester see the IBD Fall 2020 Yearbook here.

Winter 2020

This semester’s challenge was to develop artifacts illustrating “What the future of connected care and care giving will look like in 2030?” Teams created artifacts to represent 5 different stakeholder groups:

  1. Caregivers, patients, and families
  2. Clinicians
  3. Health entrepreneurs
  4. Health administrators and policy makers
  5. Community organizations and non-profit


Ruby Mann, Olivia Wilson, and Syeda Zaidi

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the health of many, making healthcare a priority for individuals globally. COVID-19 has revealed the weaknesses that exist within our healthcare system, making us more cognizant of how our own health can influence the health of those around us. Hence, many are worried about the health of their friends and family, especially their older relatives, and have concerns surrounding the durability of the healthcare system to withstand this pandemic. While this is a very overwhelming time for many, caregivers and patients have experienced these feelings throughout their life. This pandemic demonstrates the importance of all aspects and individuals within the field of healthcare to work together to make a difference. Essentially, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Click the image below to watch the team’s trailer.





Tamara Mohanavathanan, Alexey Mashentsev, Katharine Tang, Olamid Egbewumi, Arooj Irfan


With our 2030 exhibit, our design team is trying to highlight a chink in the armour; the apparent low clinician-to-patient ratio. Our team is inspired by the potential to streamline inefficient tasks in a clinician’s daily life in order to help them take control of their own job and “maximize and humanize” connections in the doctor’s office with patients. A common theme you will notice in our exhibit is relationships, those between the clinician and the patient and also between humanized and non-humanized (AI) aptitude. Clinicians and investors will be given the opportunity to experience our advertisements and consider how AI can be used to benefit their practice. On the other hand, patients and caregivers that view our exhibit will not only get to imagine a future where quality time with them is prioritized by clinicians who also empathize with these frontline workers who sometimes face situations that go unnoticed. Click the image on the left to view the team’s trailer.



Health Administrators and Policy Makers

Stefan M Mladjenovic, Caitlin Carrigan, Karan Taghizadeh, and Maddy Mulcahy


We were inspired to identify what characteristics, skills, and traits of future healthcare administrators will be desirable for patients and their caregivers in 2030. We wanted to begin a dialogue about the potential future of health administration, and evoke human emotion. Through talking with individuals involved in health administration, we determined that there must be a radical shift in the healthcare sector and greater integration between healthcare networks. With this idea in mind we went about designing an artifact that showcased how these concepts potentially translate into new jobs. We designed this exhibit by imagining exhibit attendees in the role of a healthcare administrator in 2030. The goal of our exhibit is to provoke the attendee into questioning what the future of caregiving will look like and which characteristics will be valued. Click the image on the left to view the team’s artifact.




Community Organizations

Abhiti Kuhad, Vaithiegaa Mathanarajan, Gurlee Bhogal, Arsh Kanotra, Yosi Ladipo

2030 is a year of possible agony. As designers, we reimagined the future of retirement homes. Our exhibit is inspired by the inevitable conflict that will arise when scarcity in retirement home resources (health professionals, funding, facilities) meet the increasing demand to care for the AP. Our theme is desperate time, desperate measures – in 2020, an outbreak causes economic collapse, seniors have no pensions & with little/no financial security to make healthy choices, their all-around well being suffers – it is a retirement nightmare where strangers are a paid a token to permit a senior to live in their horrid/rundown homes. To illustrate, we designed a website – where caregivers/seniors will enlist themselves to be deployed to a new residence, and a 3D home – to showcase the living conditions of seniors. We aim to ignite crucial conversations about senior care and to inform current decision making to prevent an agnostic future. Click the image to see the team’s trailer.

Winter 2019

In Winter 2019, IBD II students focused on designing for future health needs. In teams of 5-6, they tackled challenges sponsored by a variety of partnering organizations. A series of conversations and project milestones helped students and sponsors learn together. Students quickly grounded themselves in the context of the sponsor’s challenge and developed an alternative future scenario based on insights.

Here are a few examples from the work students produced this semester:

Fall 2019

Click on the images to read reflections from the Fall 2019 IBD I class.