After Prototype Review, Scores of Schools Get Ready for Student Design Awards

Chattanooga, Tennessee - On March 8, 2019, more than 20 student teams, from elementary schools to colleges in four states, will share their creative designs and solutions to help families in need thrive.

The public is welcome to join and see how students use design thinking to tackle this year’s challenge presented by the United Way of Greater Chattanooga:

How Might We connect resources and services within and into our communities to help students and families in need thrive?

“We are excited to announce that Ryan Johnson, CUA/ CXA - User Experience Director of The Home Depot, will be our keynote speaker for the Student Design Awards. Come join us on March 8 to hear Ryan Johnson’s take on design thinking as a form of problem-solving and see how students are using empathy and creativity to think through ways to help families in need,” Mary Kim, Bright Spark director, said.

The theme for Johnson's keynote address is the ‘Power of Ideas.' It will be an inspirational speech for students to better understand the power of creativity, how to bring ideas to life, as well as sharing the story behind some of the innovative digital products he and his team have recently brought to market.

“It was thrilling to witness the creativity of students during the Prototype Review. Looking ahead to March 8, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga is excited to see the final products and solutions students have discovered and developed after months of hard work. We are thrilled to be a program partner on the Bright Spark Student Design Challenge and allow students of all ages to join in the conversation about developing innovative ways our community can be more connected, which, we believe, will allow more families to thrive,” Patrick Miles, Director of United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Hub for Social Innovation powered by Venture Forward, said.

Getting ready for the Student Design Awards, Bright Spark hosted their annual Prototype Review on Feb. 8 and 9. More than 30 education, nonprofit and business professionals (from organizations such as Coca-Cola, Unum and Elon University) volunteered their time to help students refine their solutions.

This year’s Bright Spark Student Design Competition is made possible by contributing sponsors Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., and Shaw Industries; program partners United Way of Greater Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Honors College; team sponsors Thrive Regional Partnership and Public Education Foundation; and in-kind sponsors Treehouse Innovation, Chattanooga Zoo and Aladdin Printing & Copying.

Learn more about the Student Design Competition. | Register to attend the March 8th Student Design Awards.


Bright SparkMeredith Moore