Boston Design Week and NewCo Boston Open Studios

In early April, DtM hosted an Open Studio for design enthusiasts and DtM friends as a part of Boston Design Week. Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations.  We presented a pile of new product concepts, told stories about field work in Haiti and Vietnam and offered some extremely suspect advice for attendees considering careers in social impact design. Special thanks to student hosts Zanna, Kelvin and Denice from Ms. Kim Stanhouse’s class at Salem Academy Charter School.  DtM has the world’s greatest volunteer community!


Design that Matters is a NewCo company! Launched in 2012 in San Francisco by media and tech entrepreneur John Battelle, NewCo celebrates "business on a mission" through festivals, media and services. NewCo’s mission is to identify, celebrate, and connect the engines of positive change in our society. Its growing festival platform has expanded to 16+ diverse cities including Istanbul, San Francisco, and Mexico City. 

As part of this year’s event in Boston, Design that Matters hosted a group of coders, designers, engineers and global health enthusiasts for a behind-the-scenes tour of our studio. Tim led a conversation about DtM’s process for developing award-winning medical devices using human-centered design, rapid prototyping and an open collaboration with hundreds of students and professional volunteers. Attendees scored some unforgettable DtM merch, including custom t-shirts printed on the spot, and groovy laser-cut DtM fridge magnets.