Founded Human-centered Design Bootcamp in China
Product & Program Management
Jiang China Design (JCD) is a design community for college students to learn about human-centered design process and create meaningful social impact by working on real-life community projects. JCD Human-Centered Design Challenge is a two-week design bootcamp for college students across all disciplines. Founded in 2015, it took place in Beijing and Hangzhou, China, and has graduated over hundred students, and gathered over 500 design professionals and enthusiasts.
I am the founder of Jiang China Design initiative. It's quite an eventful journey with many challenges and enlightenments along the way, though the initial drive to found JCD was quite simple. In college, I was fascinated by the story of Jerry the Bear at a student design organization called Design for America. Jerry is a diabetic toy bear and its blood pressure can be controlled by feeding him food and taking insulin shots at proper times, and thus help children with diabetes to learn to take care of themselves while having a close friend. This great idea was generated through a vigorous human-centered design process with rich user research and many rounds of quick iterations. It changed how I view design and the power of impact design could bring, and I felt the strong need to work on challenges in the communities I'm from through my own hands via this process. I asked myself, what if I can scope out challenges in the city of Hangzhou, China, and find some friends to tackle those challenges together? That's the initial idea of JCD, and it later transformed into an educational program that involve students of diverse background from all over the world to work together on design challenges.