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IDEA LAB Spring 2021

IDEA LAB Spring 2021

In collaboration with UC San Diego The Design Lab and The Basement, the Idea Lab is a quarter-long foundational program designed to introduce students to the ideas of design thinking and how it complements entrepreneurship through hands-on experiences and collaborative work with students from a variety of academic disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives.  This program is ideal for both students who want to learn about design thinking and for students who need help getting “unstuck” from their current problem space.  Participants who successfully complete the program requirements of the Idea Lab may have the option to continue their journey with a focus on entrepreneurship in The Basement’s Summer Converge Program.

Apply at the link above

Application opens Monday, Feb. 1st at 12PM noon, closes Sunday, Feb. 21st @ 11:59pm

For Questions: Contact UCSD The Basement at

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be current UC San Diego student in SP21
  • Open to UC San Diego undergraduate & graduate students
  • Open to all academic disciplines


  • Introduction to human-centered design thinking methods and tools
  • Access to mentors
  • Entrepreneurial workshops & events
  • Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit

Students should expect to develop these skills in the Idea Lab track:

  • Design thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Customer interviews and observation
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Leadership
  • Communication

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