Design for Social Impact

Projects designed to directly benefit social, humanitarian, community or environments. In 2021, we’re also looking for projects that coincide with events of 2020 where impact was needed, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight for racial justice, humanitarian efforts related to climate change or forest fires, and more. Other examples of social impact work include: community or environmental impact initiatives, products for underrepresented communities, distribution systems, disaster relief, etc.

2022 Design for Social Impact Jury

  • Jury Captain

    Pickett Slater Harrington

    Founder & Managing Principal, Joltage, and Faculty, Masters of Arts in Social Design, MICA

    Pickett has spent his career igniting social change. He is the founder and managing principal at Joltage, a social change design firm that champions innovative solutions to social challenges, and serves as full-time faculty in the Master of Arts in Social Design (MASD) at the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA).

    Pickett has deep experience connecting and working with communities, for profit businesses, nonprofit institutions and government partners to address complex, systemic social issues.

    Pickett holds a Master in Social Work, with a concentration in organizations and communities, from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and two kids and enjoys woodworking, sailing and sci-fi.

  • Jury Member

    Brian C. Rubin

    Senior Education Designer




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