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Design Expo 2010: Where Service Meets Social

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Design Expo 2010

The Microsoft Research Design Expo is a forum where student teams from top graduate design institutions showcase their prototype interaction-design ideas. This year’s theme, “Service meets Social,” focuses on the marriage of exceptional process and ideas.


2010 Teams and Presentations

On Monday, July 12, from 1:15 to 4:15 P.M., the following six schools presented their best design solutions to the audience and selected design critics at the Design Expo portion of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit.


Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Kwok, Wayne Tang, Rachel Thai, Winnie Yuen

Steps - Art Center College of Design: View the presentation videoSteps is an online resource and community for educators. With lesson plan databases, member profiles, and a series of expandable integrative applications and devices, Steps brings networking to K-12 education and allows innovative ideas to be shared beyond the classroom.  View the presentation video (Length: 30:43)



Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Aliya Baptista, Sarah Calandro, Stephanie Meier, Eric Spaulding, Cheryl Templeton

GURU - Carnegie Mellon University: View the presentation videoGURU is a service that helps teenagers discover and grow creative interests and learn about the vast array of creative careers with the help of industry professionals. GURU has two components—a website and a browser widget. The browser widget recommends careers and professions to teens, based on the content that they are viewing. On the website, teens can explore day-in-the-life stories and other content posted by professionals, ask questions of professionals, and share their interests with friends. GURU is based on an advertising model and is free to both teens and professionals. View the presentation video (Length: 24:25)

Data Hungry Skin | Connections in Faraday

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK
Amy Congdon and Natsai Chieza

Data Hungry Skin/Connections in Faraday - Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design: View the presentation videoThe team theme was around biotechnological services, entitled “Social Pica.” They were thinking about biotechnological alternatives to or extenders of forms of communication, offered as “social snacks.” View the presentation video (Length: 29:27)



New York University, New York City, NY
Noah Waxman, Julio Terra, Tianwei Liu, Cindy Wong

Farmbridge - New York University: View the presentation videoFarmbridge is an online platform that supports local food communities by making it easier for neighbors to form groups and gain access to locally farmed food. Farmbridge offers management tools for community organizers as well as social software to allow neighbors to engage. View  the presentation video (Length: 29:36)



Universidad Iberoamerica, Mexico City, Mexico
Francisco Martinez Weil, Valeria Narro, Maria Jose Saint Martin

Kueponi - Universidad Iberoamerica: View the presentation videoBecause government-run schools in México simply cannot scale to the country's population growth, many are left without education. Teens who are not able to attend school need a chance to improve their knowledge and skills. Kueponi is a system that creates and facilitates partnerships between universities and companies that provide teens with a chance to obtain competitive and technical skills in place of school. View the presentation video (Length: 21:13)

Open Door

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Andrew Battenburg, Minnie Bredouw, Tim Damon, Sophie Milliotte, Jon Sandler, Tanya Test

Open Door - University of Washington: View the presentation videoOpen Door creates sustainable local communities through the exchange of goods and services by creating a platform that fulfills service needs, like Craigslists does, while facilitating social relationships, like Facebook does. View the presentation video (Length: 25:35)

About the Design Expo

Each year, Microsoft Research sponsors a semester-long class at leading design schools. Students are asked to form interdisciplinary teams of two to four students to design a user experience prototype. From these groups, a representative team from each school presents its work to leading academic researchers and educators at the Faculty Summit Design Expo.

This annual forum is designed to encourage creative, exploratory thinking and allow students to hone their presentation skills, while gaining valuable feedback from notable design leaders from inside and outside of Microsoft. Students engage with other student design teams worldwide, cross-pollinate ideas and research, and develop lasting ties through social and group activities.