Hosted Design Debate with Georgia Tech IxDA

This month for our IxDA Atlanta Meetup, we aimed to interact with a greater number of students and experiment with a more engaging event structure. Since we had just rang in the new year, we partnered with IxDA Georgia Tech to host a debate about the future of design in 2017. 

We struggled at first to determine an appropriate structure for the event that would engage all people present—including students AND industry professionals—but also allow us to maintain a dynamic structure since we didn't know ahead of time who would show up.

After much contemplation and intense internet searching, we settled on an approach borrowed from the education world called the "four corner debate" in which participants take a stand on each debate topic by standing in one of four corners: strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree. The structure worked wonderfully, and our three debate topics were all split right down the middle, making for excellent discussion among the group. 

Considering the high levels of engagement and suitability for groups of different sizes and makeups, we're considering making this debate an annual event. As for now, I think it's safe to say we're all excited to see how the trends and topics we discussed play out in 2017.