Prototypes That Matter


Are you passionate about making a difference in Miami?

Ever wonder how might we generate more social innovation in our community?

‘Prototypes That Matter’ is a design-thinking event where you will let your creative juices flow, meet great people, and build solutions that make a difference for our community while having fun. This fast-paced event will make you flex your innovation muscle by tapping into your creative problem-solving skills, getting you to build, to think, and test your ideas. You will work in small teams to conceive and build novel solutions that reduce waste and create prosperity in Miami.

This event is about doing and showing rather than telling. Our aim is to inspire you to think and work differently, and to take what you learn from this experience to your work and community. What you create may also be something that local organizations can use to amplify their social impact.

Whether you’re a social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, professional in the tech/design/finance fields, or a civic and community-minded citizen, we invite you to join us for an action-oriented, hands-on experience of innovation!


9:30 – 10:00 AM   Breakfast + Registration

10:00 – 10:30 AM   Opportunities for change

10:30 – 10:45 AM   Design for Social Change

10:45 – 11:30 AM   Design Thinking Tools

11:30 – 12:00 PM Design   Theme & Team Formation

12:00 – 12:30 PM   Lunch Provided

12:30 – 3:15 PM   Co-Creation, Rapid Prototyping & Testing

3:15 – 3:45 PM   Team Demos & Wrap-up

Mariana Rego – Design Thinking – Through experimentation you can achieve best results

Mariana Rego – Design Thinking – Through experimentation you can achieve best results

Yes, you should spend time and effort getting to know your user, particularly what she’s not telling you; yes, you should prototype early and often; and absolutely, you should get comfortable with failure because only through experimentation can you achieve the best results.
– – Mariana

Mariana Rego, co-founder of Design Thinking Miami, left her corporate job at UBS AG in New York to eventually start her entrepreneurial life in her adopted hometown of Miami.