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The D Farm

About the Organization

The Design Farm is a non-profit (in-process) with a goal to cultivate entrepreneurship in teens through the lens of design thinking.

Young people are natural entrepreneurs, but lose it over time as expectations shift from creation to production. We then have to retrain them at our best universities to regain skills they innately possessed in their youth.

With so much academic pressure in our schools, the focus is compiling a resume of skills suited to working on problems other people define. Our team believes the biggest problem solving skill is recognizing which is the right problem to solve. Successful design thinking addresses this. In our program, we don’t want to talk about design thinking, we do it! Whether it’s a widget, a social problem, or something for your own personal development.

The workshops focus on teens identifying needs they are passionate about, identifying potential solutions, and connecting with other teens. Our mentor network provides structure and support to teen led endeavors.

STEM Education
By making STEM accessible to kids from a very young age, this program will increase the number of students who pursue STEM interests and careers later.
By encouraging kids to approach world problems through design thinking, they get to work through many prototyped iterations of an idea. This approach encourages critical thinking skills beyond what is taught in most schools.

Sparkfactor Awardee: Design Daze

Over the course of an action-packed two and a half days, The D Farm will channel the energy of teens and teach them to apply design-thinking and need-finding to build cool things that matter!

In teams of 5 to 6, students will have fun identifying issues and creatively problem solving all the while building networks and connecting with local builders, coders and mentors. By Sunday afternoon, April 24, they will pitch their solutions to a VIP panel.

Two Grand Prizes, one for best social-conscious idea and one for best product-to-market idea. Each member of each winning team will receive a cash prize.