Showcase 2016

This Year’s Showcase

We are proud to say the UWM Design Entrepreneur Showcase is in its fifth year with 45 students presenting creative and thoughtful products/services that address issues concerning mental health, medical education, violence, food/consumption, and transportation. Each year we are intrigued to see the issues our students are passionate about and for which they are driven to make a difference. It is an honor and truly inspiring to have the opportunity to work with these thoughtful, kind, empathetic change agents of our future!

In the coming weeks students will compete for three DVC Pitch Awards (winners announced at the Showcase) and two People’s Choice Awards (winners announced online). For those of you who attend the showcase on Thursday 8 December, be sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Showcase. Greeters on the third floor will welcome all guests as they arrive and explain how the voting will be conducted. For guests not able to attend the event we have created a separate award, The Online People’s Choice Award. Please go to the following link to cast your vote! You can only vote once so please view all the projects before going to the voting page.

To kick off the showcase we are honored to have the Co-founders of Islands of Brilliance and Translator, Mark Fairbanks and Cynthia Thomas Short address the students. They are remarkable change agents in their own right and tremendous exemplars of design for good. We hope you will join us on Wednesday 7 December for the keynote address.

Kim Beckmann, Associate Professor
Amy Decker, Lecturer
Adream Blair, Associate Professor

Design Entrepreneur Showcase 2016 group photo

DES 2016 Programming

DES Pitch Competition

Monday 5 December 2016, 8:00-10:30 am
Tuesday 6 December 2016, 8:30-11:00 am
Tuesday 6 December 2016, 12:30-3:00 pm
All pitch events are for students, faculty and judges only,
and will be held at Kenilworth Square East, 3rd floor.

Keynote Address

Thursday 8 December 2016
Mark Fairbanks and Cynthia Thomas Short, Co-founders of 
Islands of Brilliance and Translator
Location: Kenilworth Square East, 3rd Floor
Free and open to the public.

Design Entrepreneur Showcase

Thursday 8 December 2016
5:00-9:00 pm
Opening Remarks 6:00 pm
Pitch Event Awards Announced 6:15 pm
Kenilworth Square East, 3rd Floor
Free and open to the public.

Design Entrepreneur Showcase Voting

Voting closed 12/9
Winners are:
Online People’s Choice Award Recipient, Emily Ruehle
People’s Choice Award Recipients (a three-way tie), Abigail Hoerchner, Madeline Rittgers, Angela Ryan