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9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab

Fast Track

Announcing a new honors program designed to catalyze students’ bold ideas into tangible products and programs

In the course of their learning at DSI, students develop ideas with the potential for great impact on business, society and underserved communities. Scarcity of time and resources can get in the way of their development, so we want to change that with Fast Track, a new program to give them the help needed to…

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Announcing the first Fast Track Winners

Fast Track is a new DSI initiative intended to take students’ bold ideas to the real world. DSI faculty Asi Burak and Maggie Breslin are leading the program, and will mentor the winners and get them the help they need to realize their ideas. The first winners are Catalina Cipri, who is developing a Facebook…

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With the new Fast Track program, DSI students take their bold ideas into the world

Catalina Cipri, Taylor Sokolowski, Zongliang Shang and Qianshang Chen are launching the first projects to be chosen for the new DSI Fast Track program, and they are using the opportunity to create projects, and businesses, that tackle important issues. This initiative combines the students’ work in their entrepreneurship classes and their involvement in their thesis…

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Student Spotlight: Fast Track Course

Fast Track is an honors program open to first and second years that allows a small number of students the opportunity to design, prototype, and propel their idea into the real world at an accelerated rate. Once a project is selected, students work with a faculty panel on connecting with outside experts, advisors, and potential…

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Spring 2020 Fast Track Students Announced

Our honors Fast Track program is kicking off the spring semester with new students and impactful projects! The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate. Damian Ashton (‘20) is prototyping ways to incentivize New Yorkers to…

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Final Projects: Fast Track 2021

Our spring Fast Track students have completed the year with a group of evolved, socially relevant projects. Over the last few months, the three projects run by Bridget Qian, Shuyu Fang, Nishita Chheda, Alyson Fraser Diaz, Daphne Luo and Kehan Zhang have seen substantial growth.  Second years Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang’s (‘21) long-term project,…

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Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced!

Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced! This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three highly diverse projects dealing with different issues in the social sector: sustainability and art, emotional health, and issues around drug legalization.  The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space…

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Spring 2022 Fast Track Students Announced!

This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature four unique environmentally and community-oriented projects. The selected students have already begun developing these designs beyond DSI, and are bringing them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate. First year Grayson Wise (‘23) is working to find a new way of…

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Spring 2022 Fast Track Update

Our four fast track students have made quite a bit of progress since the start of the semester! Grayson Wise (‘23), Diva Gohil (‘23), Kehan Zhang (‘23) and Mickey Ferrara (‘22) have been researching, making, and collaborating with local and digital partners in order to make strides with their personal passion projects. First year Grayson…

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Fall ’22 Fast Track Projects Announced

We’re looking forward to an exciting new semester of Fast Track: our honors program that grants students dedicated space to prototype and playtest personal passion projects. This fall, longtime DSI faculty Maggie Breslin and Asi Burak have returned as mentors for four diverse, hand-selected projects working to address underserved communities seeking to overcome specific cultural…

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