The IDEO CoLab is accepting applications to join our 2019 fellowship program. We’ll be exploring opportunities to solve human problems using emerging technologies. Apply to join our 1-day makeathon in March for a chance to participate!

Spring 2019 CoLab Makeathon

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CoLab Makeathon
As part of your application for our 2019 fellowship, come spend a day with the IDEO CoLab for an action-packed, high energy dive into our technology-led design process. Expert facilitators will match you with a talented and diverse team of peers, and together, you’ll design provocations and prototypes that explore the potential of emerging technology. We’re looking for designers, entrepreneurs, technical experts, business people, and most of all, makers. Our makeathons are fun, intense events where you’ll build awesome things, learn new tools and make new friends.

Want to know what it’s like to participate?
Check out this video of a past make-a-thon.
Or read about a fellowship here!

The Fellowship

The makeathon isn’t just a one day experience—it’s your opportunity to become an IDEO CoLab Fellow. We’ll accept a subset of makeathon participants to join us full-time for a paid fellowship. During the fellowship, you’ll be prototyping alongside world-class designers, technologists and organizational experts to explore emerging technologies and develop interesting applications for them.

  • Join a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, designers and business-minded folks to create new prototypes with emerging technology
  • Learn IDEO CoLab’s design thinking and prototype creation process while building on the latest emerging technologies
  • Work with IDEO CoLab’s corporate members to shape and test ideas
  • Design human centered products and services and test them with real people










Successful Makeathon participants will be chosen to participate in one (or all) of the following fellowships. You can indicate which fellowships you are available for in your application.



March Fellowship
1 week
(Cambridge Only)



April Fellowship
1 week
(Cambridge + SF)



Summer Fellowship
7 weeks
(Cambridge + SF)

The IDEO CoLab fellowship is a full-time, paid position running concurrently in San Francisco and Boston. Successful Makeathon participants will be invited to join us for a CoLab fellowship. In your application, you can note which fellowships you are interested in and available for. Please note that the Summer Fellowship is longer than the March and April ones.

Curious what we're looking for in an application?
We've noted some tips here!

About the CoLab

The CoLab is IDEO’s platform for collaborative impact. We bring organizations together to shape a more human-centered world—from designing for open financial systems to building for the circular economy.