corporate partners


Vonage, a leading telecommunications firm, sponsored the inaugural OpenGrounds Challenge in Fall 2012. The Challenge asked students to imagine the next evolution of social messaging. Interactive sessions with full audience participation and interdisciplinary design laboratories and performance/exhibit spaces. These spaces will be open to students, staff and faculty from all disciplines, as wells external partners and collaborators.


Hearst Business Media

The partnership with Hearst Business Media began with a Design Gathering, bringing Hearst executives together with UVA Faculty to work creatively on challenges ranging from telemedicine and medical records to health access and communications. Faculty from architecture, the sciences, engineering and nursing collaborated with the Hearst Business Media leadership to develop techniques for diagramming ideas, participate in role modeling simulations and brainstorming sessions. In addition to stimulating ideas that led immediately to new initiatives at both Hearst and UVA, the


collaboration laid the foundation for an OpenGrounds Challenge in Fall 2013, which asked students to propose new ideas about how we can help people to make better choices about their health.

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