Do Tank 2016 Challenge

On borders, immigration and emigration : 

How might we break down boundaries and foster connection?



The Do Tankers started with an intensive weekend focused on discovery and  ideation. They learned key concepts of design thinking, ethnographic research, and basic creative prototyping. The weekend included a combination of lectures, workshops, field work, team work and individual sessions. The special edition we have this season includes a scavenger hunt in neighborhoods with diverse population.



We invited a range of design experts and subject matter experts to guide the participants throughout the process: 

  • Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor, NYU School of Engineering
  • Eric Ho, Founder & Designer, MILES
  • Vivian Lo, Interaction Designer, IDEO New York
  • Lee-Sean Huang, Co-Founder & Designer, FOOSSA
  • David Colby Reed, Co-Founder, FOOSSA



Research, through observation, interaction and interviews, is a key part of the program. The Do Tankers went to different local locales to document and draw insights on how to best create prototypes that highlight the issue of immigration and how to foster connections between immigrants and non-immigrants alike.



From expert led sessions on Permission to Prototype and Agile Prototyping, the Do Tankers learned different ways to produce fast and agile prototypes that are ready to be tested in the real world. Iteration is emphasized throughout the program-- participants gather feedback from real users and adjust as they move forward.



The Do Tankers refined their mission and produced a pop-up experience called "UNSPOKEN : Stories About Life After Immigrating". The 5-day pop-up shop included an exhibition and immersive experience of how immigrants / non-immigrants shed their boundaries to truly understand each others' needs.