The d-school celebrated d-finals, the day that student teams present their project ideas to project partners on 31 May, followed by their graduation on 2 June with Friends and Family Day. This semester marked the launch of our first Advanced Programme in Design Thinking for postgraduate students who had already completed our foundation programme. You can read about the programme in our latest d-stories.
At first glance, it looks as though the group of young adults is building Lego. But these are actually students at the University of Cape Town's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, and they're using the colourful blocks to design a prototype. It represents policy reform ideas around transitioning from informal to formal economies. It's a complex system represented with very basic materials. This is design thinking in action: human-centred, problem solving activities that ground design thinking in practice. It helps students to understand and innovatively solve challenges...
The d-school has been fortunate to attract the diversity across all spectrums that is vital for the diverse, inclusive teams that are the bedrock of Design Thinking in practice. Here's a glimpse of the student demographics for our Class of 2nd semester, 2016.
Our second semester Foundation Programme in Design Thinking is well underway and postgraduate students on this programme have been just been introduced to the project partners who have submitted the real world challenges that the multi-disciplinary teams will work on over the next two months.
The pioneering students on the first Cape Town d-school pilot semester programme for postgraduates, marked their graduation 0n 18 May 2016, with a presentation to project partners and the d-school team.