Design Trek

Ginkgo Bioworks, the Organism Company

Gingko Bioworks combines synthetic biology to design new products, such as designing fragrances and foods out of microbugs. They are closely associated with Y Combinator, and now valued at $1.3 billion.

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Autodesk Buildspace

Autodesk BUILD Space is a collaborative R&D workspace combining digital fabrication, design robotics, construction techniques, and more to innovative in architecture, engineering, and construction.

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IDEO is a global design company committed to creating positive impact. From designing the first manufacturable mouse for Apple to advancing the practice of human-centered design, IDEO has long been at the forefront of creating change through design.

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Continuum Innovation

Continuum handles whitespace innovation, experience strategy, product & service design, and more. In the 60-75 minute visit, they will give us an office tour, tell us about what they do, and generally introduce design careers.


"The Workshop Workshop": How to Run Creative Workshops

Knowing how to set up and run effective creative workshops is rarely taught in school and yet might be one of the highest-impact, lowest-effort skills you can learn to make you a better designer/manager. Benjamin Shown from Tectonic Design Studio will teach a format and set of exercises to get disparate creative ideas aligned, set expectations, build trust, and identify the foundational elements of whatever you’ll be building as a team.


Poetic Kinetics: Patrick Shearn, Installation Artist

Patrick Shearn is an LA-based artist specializing in larger-than-life, immersive public art installations. Shearn’s expertise in animatronics, robotics and visual effects has lent traction to a prolific career as creative director for his studio Poetic Kinetics. Shearn will walk us through his unconventional career trajectory, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how his art comes to fruition and reimagines the landscapes it inhabits.

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Sosolimited creates sensory spaces driven by design and technology. They believe that an organization's ability to differentiate itself and create lasting engagement requires new, strategic approaches to the many roles space can play, be it physical, digital, shared, personal, or competitive.