The IDEO CoLab is accepting applications to join our 2020 fellowship program. We’ll be exploring opportunities to solve human problems using emerging technologies and societal trends. Apply to join our 1-day makeathon in October for a chance to participate!

Fall 2019 CoLab Makeathon

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CoLab Makeathon
As part of your application for our 2020 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. CoLab fellowships are full-time, paid positions, that run multiple times a year across CoLab locations, such as in San Francisco and Cambridge. Specific dates are subject to change slightly as we finalize our 2020 programming. Dates for our January and summer fellowships are listed below, and more fellowship dates may become available. We will communicate any/all changes and additional dates with participants as soon as possible.



January 2020
1 week



June-August 2020
7 weeks



2020 Fellowships
1 week

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

The Legal Fine Print

The IDEO CoLab is unable to sponsor visas for the CoLab Fellowship. In order to participate, please confirm that you have valid authorization to work in the United States by the date of your fellowship. If you are an international student, you must secure a work visa (such as OPT/CPT) through the International Students Office at your school. If you live and work outside of the U.S. and are not a U.S. Citizen, you must work with your company to secure work authorization. However, IDEO CoLab also has a London office, and may be launching projects in Southeast Asia and East Africa in 2020. Stay tuned for opportunities to participate in a CoLab Fellowship at one of our other locations if obtaining a U.S. work visa proves to be difficult. We know this is a pain, and we're working on making this process easier for all!

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.