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Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design September 1st -30, 2022.

This is an application to participate in Design Jam: Detroit 2022 on September 9 and 10.  It has 26 questions, ranging from yes or no and multiple choice to brief text boxes for descriptions.  It will take about 15 minutes to complete.  Information provided here will be used to curate interdisciplinary teams of participants for this 2-part event.  If you need assistance completing this application, please email info@designcore.org.

Design Jam: Detroit 2022 - Adaptive Products for Outdoor Recreation 

Calling all manufactures, makers, limb loss community members, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, students, problem solvers, design faculty, business coaches, recreational athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts!!!

Come brainstorm and prototype new adaptive active apparel, accessories and equipment for people in the limb loss community.

This 2-part event will take place virtually on Friday, September 9 and in person on Saturday, September 10, as part of the 12th annual Detroit Month of Design.  All appropriate safety protocols will be observed and enforced.


Design Jams shift product innovation, which typically happens behind a few closed doors, to a collective and open space - one where all types of voices influence the process.  This event will bring together interdisciplinary teams to:

  • Inspire innovation within the state's manufacturing sector;
  • Catalyze collaborations between designers and manufacturers throughout Michigan;
  • Create solutions for recreational athletes with limb loss;
  • Initiate relationships between designers, manufacturers, makers, service providers, and customers

Apply to join a team today!

Up to eight multidisciplinary teams of 8-10 participants will be selected to participate in this 2 part hands-on design and prototyping challenge.

Teams will be curated to ensure representation from student, faculty and professional designers, manufacturers, makers and entrepreneurs, business coaches, and end users from the limb loss community.

Selected participants are expected to commit fully to both of the following sessions.

Friday Sept 9 4:00 - 6:30 PM - Virtual Kickoff

4:00pm Welcome and settle - Urban Manufacturing Alliance

4:15pm Ableism workshop - Ani Grigorian, MSW - Ani G Accessibility

5:15pm Inclusive design presentation - Design Core Detroit

5:45 pm The Challenge: manufacturing constraints; team assignments

6:15pm Team breakouts: introductions and brainstorming

6:30pm Goodnight

Saturday Sept 10 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM - In person at College for Creative Studies, Taubman Center for Design Education, Detroit

9:30am Doors open; Breakfast and Networking

10:00am Introductions

10:30am Wild Thinking

11:30am Lunch and Networking

12:30pm Narrow Things Down

1:00pm Build a prototype and develop your pitch

3:30pm Pitches, Votes and Awards

4:00pm Wrap up and networking

*For the safety of all participants and staff, all COVID protocols will be observed and enforced, per the current CDC guidelines.

Partners in execution include Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), College for Creative Studies (CCS), University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design, Northern Michigan University, and Innovate Marquette.  

Manufacturing partners include Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics, Pingree Detroit, ISAIC, Detroit's Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center, and Daylight Factory.  

Design Jam 2022 is sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation and State Farm Agent Dave Smith

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