Attention Stanford students! Apply for these Spring d.school courses now

All of us at the d.school are excited about two upcoming courses to be taught Spring Quarter.  Each of them requires an application, so we wanted to take a minute to highlight them (and their application deadline) here.

Software Design Experiences: application due March 5

CS447 (also ME325) is a unique opportunity offered by the d.school. SAP co-founder, Hasso Plattner, along with Professor Terry Winograd, and SAP Executive Vice President, Zia Yusuf will bring their unique perspectives to the class. Interdisciplinary student teams will apply design thinking and user-centered methodologies to the full software system and lifecyle, including its construction, distribution, and the social and organizational implementation.

Students will develop composite software prototypes that explore real-world opportunities for city governments to better serve its citizens. Students will engage with city officials from Palo Alto and Mountain View and leading industry experts to co-create real systems on industrial-strength platforms, In addition, the class will travel to Atlanta to attend SAP’s Sapphire event, where 15,000 participants from both the business and technical worlds come together with SAP experts, customers, and solution providers to discuss best practices and learn about the future of enterprise software.

Creating Infectious Action, Kindling Gregarious Behavior (CIA-KGB): application due March 9

This small and intense project-based class is built around two team efforts to “spread” positive behavior, which will be bolstered by exposure to, and coaching from, industry experts and academics. The first project will be an initiative done with Mozilla, the second a project focused on building the user base of a social venture called Global Giving that runs an online marketplace connecting donors with social entrepreneurs globally.  A limited number of summer internships with Global Giving will be available to CIA-KGB students who wish to continue creating infectious action in that domain.

The teaching team behind CIA-KGB brings a wealth of academic and real-world experience to the course.  The instructors are Michael Dearing, Debra Dunn, Diego Rodriguez, and Bob Sutton (who will be a guest instructor).  The course assistant is Kris Woybun, who was part of the inaugural version of CIA last year.  Project teams will also benefit from the coaching of Timbuk2 CEO Perry Klebahn.

Learning how to become a better design thinker will be a major focus of this course. Students will apply the “build to think” philosophy of the d.school and create prototypes of everything from viral marketing campaigns to entire businesses. While there will substantial helpings of theory delivered throughout the quarter, this is a course for people who want to get their hands dirty, to get out in the world and do things.

Course applications can be found on the respective class websites above.