MID Student Is Finalist in IxDA Design Challenge

Nidhi Jalwal MID '14 (Industrial Design) competing against four other students at Interaction14 conference taking place in Amsterdam Feb. 5–8

February 5, 2014

Second-year Master of Industrial Design graduate student Nidhi Jalwal MID ’14 (Industrial Design) has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Student Design Challenge.

Jalwal is competing against four other design students in a 72-hour challenge being held February 5 – 8 in Amsterdam during the Interaction14 conference. Students will present their work on February 7 and the winner will be announced at the 2014 Interaction Awards on February 8.

Finalists must consider how to reach remote populations by designing ways to improve how, where and when the child health record is distributed, accessed and used in order to make it a more effective tool for health information and education throughout childhood.

An Indian student with an undergraduate degree in leather design, Jalwal has traveled, worked with several fashion designers, artists, communities, and co-conceived a lifestyle accessory based start-up before moving to the U.S. Her passion for working with people and engaging different communities with design drew her to human-centered design where healthcare interests her the most at this time. She continues to work with the University of Pennsylvania’s Health System, including cancer patient experience and is currently conducting her master’s thesis exploring the role of employee population in cultivation of innovative culture in large healthcare organizations.

Interaction14 is an initiative of the Interaction Design Association, a global network of over 55,000 members worldwide dedicated to the professional practice of interaction design.

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