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Sunday, April 29 2018
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Community Design-a-thon for the Boston Harbor Islands

When & Where

Sun, Apr 29, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

121 Devonshire Street
(use the 50 Milk building entrance to access the side door of the cafe)
Boston, MA 02108

Join AIGA Boston and Boston Harbor Now at Fab@CIC in our first ever design-a-thon as we solve for a local challenge: the Boston Harbor Islands ferry schedule.

In a community-focused, design hackathon, participants will collaborate in multi-disciplinary groups to research, brainstorm, prototype, and propose solutions to the Boston Harbor Island ferry schedule experience to a panel of judges. Winners will receive prizes such as Boston Harbor Island ferry tickets.

The entire workshop / hackathon will be facilitated by Ela Ben-Ur from the Innovators’ Compass; Ela worked 13 years at IDEO, has taught courses from product design to life design at Olin College and has offered workshops through MIT, Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth, and Harvard.

As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to work with well-known mentors across the Boston design community and network and brainstorm with your peers, while sharpening your design-thinking and prototyping skills in this agile hackathon event.

Anyone interested in design thinking and passionate about designing for the Boston community.

Nibbles, coffee, and tea from Flour provided. Introduction, design thinking activities throughout the day, ending with judging.


AIGA Member: $30
AIGA Student Member: $20
Non-Member: $40
Student Non-Member (ID Required): $30

Members save $10 off the regular ticket price. That’s an 25% discount!

Join AIGA and get discounted tickets and other benefits.


Ela Ben-Ur has worked and co-experimented deeply with organizations and educators interested in design thinking since 2012. One focus of her present experimentation is an Innovators' Compass.

Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She went on to co-found of IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders, coach teams and facilitate for clients.

Ela has taught courses from product design to life design at pioneering Olin College since 2007. She has offered workshops through MIT (her alma mater), Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth and Harvard.

Ela earned BS (1997) and MS (1999) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As a research assistant in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Haptics Group, she developed a force-feedback laparoscopic surgery simulator that been patented and is on display at the MIT museum.

Her 3- and 5-year old daughters are her inspiration.

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