Design Innovation: Health Care + Smart Cities of the Future

June 8 - 11, 2020

Join us to learn the design innovation framework and apply it to a problem from a human-centric perspective. Learn user needs, discovery, rapid idea generation, prototyping, user testing, and pitching techniques to convincingly communicate ideas to an audience. By going through the entire design thinking process, learners will understand how design and engineering interface in order to solve real, pressing problems in the world and to create radial, innovative technology solutions.

Course Objectives

Through the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the foundational principles of design thinking
  • Undertake a critical and empathetic analysis of a problem setting
  • Demonstrate skills in brainstorming and ideating solutions from multiple perspectives
  • Discover user needs and translate them into functions and thereby discuss the relationship between human desires, organizational needs and design characteristics
  • Defend and justify design decisions with data
  • Develop comprehensive skills to adopt a user-centric problem-solving approach
  • Collaborate in teams and build on one another’s ideas
  • Rapidly prototype an idea using everyday materials
  • Gain basic understanding and skills in mobile application development, microprocessors and electronics, and 3D modelling
  • Conduct user testing to validate their ideas & assumptions
  • Learn to deliver a convincing pitch using various media

Camp Details

Dates: June 8 - 11, 2020
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CU Denver, Lawrence Street Center & Tivoli Student Union
Cost: $600
Participants: high school students, ages 14 - 18.

Registration opens soon! Complete our interest form and we'll contact you as soon as registration is live.

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Camp FAQs


Coronavirus statement

The Engineering + Innovation Camp staff is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus. At this time, we intend to hold all camp programs as scheduled. If the outbreak continues locally and/or nationally through the end of April and seems likely to extend into the summer, we will cancel the camps. If we do cancel the camps, full refunds will be given back to families. Additionally, if we do hold the camps, we will give a full refund to anyone who isn't comfortable attending due to coronavirus concerns up to a week before the camp starts.


We want to reiterate that we don't anticipate that we will have to cancel any camp programs this summer but are prepared to act upon CDC and state government recommendations. We will you updated as the situation evolves.

The CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing has partnered with Codomo to offer this innovative camp. Codomo is an education technology company with a mission to deliver delightful education experiences to nurture innovative minds through products and experiences rooted in design innovation, an amalgamation of design thinking and computational thinking.