New Students

Project Edge


Learn More About Project Edge: 



Project EDGE is a brand new journey into the world of innovation, entrepreneurship and practical design. Throughout this week, first-year students will delve into the world of entrepreneurship and participate in design thinking, rapid prototyping and problem solving. Upperclassmen staff will mentor students and kickstart their involvement at Duke.


“Innovation comes out of great human ingenuity and deeply personal passions.”     -- Megan Smith, first female CTO of the US Government

Project EDGE will allow you to engage with your passions and ideas in an atmosphere of collaboration, freedom, and excitement. Look at old problems with new eyes and learn how to become an innovator.


Throughout the week, you will meet local entrepreneurs and leaders who are rethinking business, technology, and policy in ways that help people and build the economy. You will experiment with the tools and frameworks that drive the startups that are changing the world.



Engage in design thinking, moving from inspiration, to ideation, to implementation.

Learn sketching, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and the other tools that power modern day leaders and entrepreneurs. We want Duke’s makerspaces to feel like a new home -- a place to unleash your creativity and build something amazing.


Our design curriculum will be tailored to you. The goal of Project EDGE is to allow you and your teammates to turn your ideas into reality and feel the impact that comes with that process. So put down those books, roll up those sleeves, and get building!


All Backgrounds and Interests are Welcome

The only experience you need is a willingness to build fast, fail quickly, and learn to do better on the next iteration! Wherever you come from, whatever you are thinking of studying, if you are inspired to solve real-world problems, Project Edge is for you. 

2019 Program Directors 

Kyle Ryan and Kunal Upadya

2019 Program Dates

August 12-19

Questions or Concerns? 

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or 919-684-3511