class of 2017 to 2018

Looking Back: 2017 Year In Review

Now in our eighth year, we have developed a strong network of alumni, faculty, and friends that continue to practice, train and build thought leadership in designing for impact.

Our alumni have been accepted to speak at IxDA, SXSW and Design Thinking 2018, their startup has gotten into pre-accelerator Div Inc, and they’re building products to make vital social services more accessible. Our faculty have written new books and participated in panels during Austin Startup Week and Austin Design Week. In addition to our one-year certification program, we ran two sold-out bootcamps and held workshops at Federal Reserve Board’s Community Leaders Forum 

Internally, we’ve also seen a lot of growth. In June of this year, Jon Kolko passed the torch of Directorship to AC4D alumna and faculty, Ruby Ku. Jon remains an active advisor and faculty member, as Ruby embarks on a new chapter.

For the first time we have established a partnership with the City of Austin Innovation Office. The students were tasked with exploring the topic of civic engagement and presented their findings to the community. Watch their research presentation, and stay tuned as they prototype and test ideas in the coming months.

Thanks to everyone who has continued to support us this year! Want to join us? Applications for our 2018-2019 class are due January 15, 2018!