Region 4 Design Challenge | Judging
The Region 4 Design Challenge is designed to inspire a systematic approach in which students explore possibilities of solving real-world problems through design thinking. Students will be judged on designing a community-based technology hub and access center that will allow students and community members to connect to the Internet using personal or school-supplied devices. The following rubric will be used to score outcomes of student projects and can also be used as a guide to support students in the design process:
Does the solution respond to stakeholder needs in a collaborative, empathetic way? Is the technology innovative, intuitive, and user-driven and designed to proactively and holistically support Houston’s strategic vision for connectivity in the community?
Is the solution bold with a clear vision to produce transformative results and bolster current and future efforts to address connectivity issues on a community level? Does the solution reimagine service delivery, remove or remediate challenges and inefficiencies, and build compelling benefits for its users and beneficiaries?
Is the solution nimble, aligned with current priorities, and well-positioned to scale and meet the diverse, growing needs of the community? Will the solution speed up benefits and improve outcomes for users of the technology and those experiencing connectivity challenges over time?
Is the solution technically sound and investment-ready for practical integration into existing communities for those facing connectivity challenges? Is there a clear understanding of local conditions with the plan, resources, and capacity to mitigate risk and launch successfully in 6–12 months?