2017 Strong By Design-athon


March 30-31, 2017

The Strong by Design-athon aims to raise awareness of the needs of veterans with disabilities and inspire the design, technology and healthcare communities to embrace Universal Design.

Universal Design–or Design for All–is a movement to ensure that designers consider the needs of everyone when they create products, services, technologies, and buildings.
Bringing together undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from the Marymount University Wilhelmina Boldt Interior Design Program and Malek School of Health Profession - Physical Therapy Program, the University will provide an opportunity for intergenerational community based problem solving of a major social issue- veterans and disabilities.

The Strong by Design-athon, two-day event and project exhibition, will focus on accessibility and usability for Veterans in technology, services, and product design through lightning talks by notable speakers, team empathy exercises, design, prototyping and marketing strategies. It will involve a broad group of members of the DC Metro/ Northern Virginia Community:  Students, Designers, Faculty, Care-givers, and Veterans with or without disabilities. Our goal is to use design thinking to go beyond stereotypes and build compassionate solutions. 

learn more: KeynoteScheduleJury

Thanks you to our Sponsor


Highlights from 2015 Design-athon

Highlights from 2016 Design-athon


Do I need to attend both Friday and Saturday workshops?

Priority is given to participants that can attend both Friday and Saturday.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Download Metro and driving directions to Marymount here. Please indicate if you need a parking space in the ticket section above.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Outside food is not allowed in Gerard Dining Hall.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Moira Denson with questions about this event.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may transfer your ticket to another participant (for free).


Interior Design Department

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: (800) 548-7638
 (703) 284-5901

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