WDO launched a two-week virtual Design Challenge from 28 September 2020 – 9 October 2020 to apply design thinking to space-based research for life on Earth. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory supported this challenge as advisors by offering insight into the possibilities that exist through research and technology development aboard the orbiting laboratory.

During this fast-paced virtual Interdesign workshop, 71 space industry leaders, researchers and designers from 26 countries applied technical expertise towards co-designing solutions that best address three key challenge statements:

  • How can space-based research address Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How can we build an orbital university?
  • How can the ISS become a business incubator?

Outcomes of this initiative, while varied, extend beyond traditional design products, services, systems and include a number of proposals that can be used to demonstrate what space can teach us about life on Earth.

Design Challenge Report

Learn more about how this collaborative initiative brought design thinking and space-based research together in new ways to produce an array of creative outcomes in our Design Challenge Report.