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Hasso Plattner Institute of Design

Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM (PST)


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The d.school is hosting its inaugural hackathon to build creative technical solutions to bring Design Thinking to the world. We’re bringing together a diverse network of developers, designers, makers, and the broader d.school community to prototype and explore new ways to make the d.school's unparalleled library of teaching content accessible to the world. This weekend represents one of the first times (ever) that an educational institution has completely opened up its website code to be re-imagined its constituents.

LENGTH: 48 hours

COST: Free

LOCATION: 550 Panama Mall, Palo Alto, CA 94305

AGE RESTRICTIONS: Anyone allowed. Please only stay the night if you are over 18!


Using the existing d.school website and core content as both a platform and an inspirational tool, teams will build new experiences, interactions, tools, and visual aids to help a wide variety of audiences understand and engage with design thinking as an approach to transform their personal and professional endeavors. Projects could range from a mobile design thinking workshop application to an interactive web tool to a complete redesign of the d.school website to better serve as an educational tool in itself.


We’ve sold out with 250 RSVPs. We look forward to hosting this group of engineers from the population of Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, PhD students and professionals; comprised of developers, designers, producers, UX and UI experts, and general participants in the Crash Courses or user testing. 


This weekend will be the beginning of a longer, sustained initiative to harness the d.school’s unique creative community to empower a larger, distributed global community. To this end, winning teams will be awarded prizes which go beyond a short-term reward incentive and realize the potential of 48-hour prototypes to evolve into sustainable, transformative projects. Keep reading for a list of prizes. 


Friday, January 27th -- Check-in & Registration starts at 6:30pm.

Kick-off at 7pm.

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks [David Kelley, Co-founder, d.school & Founder, IDEO]
  • Crash Crash Course & "Mixing Moment" [Jeremy Utley, Director, Executive Education]
  • Hack Challenge: What & Why [Scott Doorley, Creative Director, d.school]
  • Hack Challenge: Nuts & Bolts [Jake Levitas, Director of Research, GAFFTA]

8:30pm: Team-building and technical set up.
9:15pm: #dgift Crash Course

Saturday, January 28th -- #hackd @stanforddschool
All day: meals, beverages, and prizes provided.

Non-developer assignments:

  • 10am - 8pm: Virtual Crash Courses available, every two hours starting at 10am. Sign up sheets on-site.
  • 1-5pm: User Testing Coral

Sunday, January 29th -- HACK.d through 12:30pm.

  • Participants must check-in at the d.school and submit prototypes by 12:30pm.
  • T-shirts will be given to every member of the team that submits a prototype.
  • Judging Round 1: breakouts to judge ALL submissions.

3pm(ish) Public Presentations: 5-6 teams will be selected to present in 5 min, with live audience and judge feedback

4-6pm Thank You Cocktail Reception.

Judges include: David Kelley, Founder, d.school & IDEO; John Lilly, Partner, Greylock, former CEO, Mozilla; and Bing Gordon, Partner, KPCB.



Friday evening after Opening Remarks, folks will self-select into teams. We strongly encourage participants to find interdisciplinary partners for a diverse perspective on the challenge. Part of the fun will be meeting talented developers and members of the Stanford community. PRIZES will also be awarded.

Bring your own computers, keyboards, tablets, and any supplies you might need. We’ll provide electricity and internet. If you plan on staying the night, please bring your own pillow and sleeping bag. And bring your own water bottles to save the world, just a little bit at a time.

We'll provide meals and coffee service throughout the 48 hours to help you dedicate to programming creative, amazing stuff.

We are looking to create live prototypes of mobile tools / apps and websites within 48 hours of opening remarks. We invite all developers, engineers, designers, UX and UI experts, and producers who want to participate in a high-energy and collaborative weekend activity.
Please note: code will be available to the current WORDPRESS site for prototyping.

JOIN US! and help us spread the word.  

LIKE us @ http://www.facebook.com/dcrashcourse

@stanforddschool on Twitter // #hackd 

Event Sponsor: Thank you Quantcast for providing prizes!

Quantcast is an audience measurement and targeting company. The pioneer of direct audience measurement, we start with the industry’s most  in-depth understanding of digital audiences  to help marketers and publishers buy and sell the most effective targeted advertising and drive conversions through the full funnel. Our products let publishers match their audience to the exact consumers an advertiser wants to reach with impression level targeting.  Ranked Fast Company‘s #3 Most Innovative Company on the Web and the Overall Winner of AlwaysOn’s Global 250 Top Private Companies, Quantcast is used by the world’s leading advertisers, the top 10 media agencies and 100+ million web destinations. Launched in 2006, Quantcast is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Founders Fund, Polaris Venture Partners, Revolution Ventures and Cisco Systems.

Event Partner: Thank you GAFFTA.org for providing on-site technical support and for hosting the temporary development servers for prototyping.  

GAFFTA is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of creative technology for social good. In this capacity, we maintain relationships with the world’s top academic researchers, innovative corporations, visionary artists, and civic leaders. By continually engaging and connecting this diverse community with challenges and opportunities, we extract forward-thinking technological solutions with proven capacity to create positive change. 

When & Where

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford
550 Panama Mall
Stanford University Engineering Area

Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM (PST)

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Hasso Plattner Institute of Design

"The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design, and informally, as the "D-School" or "d.school") is a design school based in Stanford University, in cooperation with the German Hasso Plattner Institute of University of Potsdam.[1]"

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