This hybrid conference/un-conference will provide speakers as well as a forum to allow discussion groups to evolve. During the conference segment, speakers will present on topics such as the STEM to STEAM initiative, gamification, design history, Extreme by Design projects to design thinking. There will be planned workshops on drawing for design, model-making, video production, the Visioneer competition, and how to create a design-based school or program, among others. During the unconference portion on day two, time and meeting space will be provided for anyone to lead sessions on relevant topics, share experiences and knowledge and to be inspired by creative ideas. Unlike the traditional conference format of the first day, the flexible, participant-driven format favors discussion, debate and interactive participation on emerging trends, the latest issues and new projects. YOU build the unconference agenda around your interests, needs and areas of expertise, with interactive participation driving the sessions.
Additionally, the conference will convene leading design education professionals to collaborate on the initiation of design education standards and curriculum for preK-12 education.