On November 16, 2019, around 100 students from 9 different universities on the East Coast came to Princeton’s Friend Center to redesign today’s technology to be more humane and socially responsible. We established partnerships with industry leaders such as IDEO and Adobe to provide skills and design thinking-based workshops.
The result of a full day of ideation, designing, and implementation was 27 thought-provoking prototypes created by students of diverse backgrounds and majors, from engineering to history to philosophy. When fully implemented, these projects can improve digital wellbeing and decrease user bias in modern consumer tech products. All of the Rehack projects can be found here.
Many of the projects were further refined after the event and went on to compete in competitions, including the Princeton E-Club Pitch and Hult Prize Princeton. Student feedback from the event include “[we] got some amazing insights on how to design projects”, “loved [the keynote speaker]”, and “phenomenal mentorship”. Rehack’s work was also featured by Headstream, a mental health tech accelerator backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and students also had the opportunity to continue their projects with Headstream.