The Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika* at UCT in partnership with Ashesi University and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, American University in Cairo’s Center for Learning and Teaching in Egypt, and the University of Nairobi's Department of Art and Design in Kenya invite their students under 35 to apply for this exciting, interactive and unique online programme in Design Thinking.

Participate in a competitive, trans-African challenge and gain exposure to real-world problems, advancing your critical thinking skills that are so desperately needed in solving the problems of our world today.

This gives students the opportunity to work within diverse African teams, sharing knowledge and learning from, and with each other on real-world challenges alongside key industry partners of the Hasso Plattner Foundation. Design thinking exposes and directly builds the capabilities of students in what the World Economic Forum terms the Four C’s - Critical thinking; Creativity; Communication; and Collaboration. This ‘tacit knowledge’ is being recognised globally as the key missing ingredient for potential employees navigating the new job market.

This course will help you:

  • Build skills for the future, as you prepare to enter the working world, by mastering the Four C’s (Critical thinking; Creativity; Communication; and Collaboration)
  • Experience an introduction to working in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Discover digital learning tools.
  • Build creative confidence.

Project Partner

All our programmes are rooted in providing real world problems to our student’s learning journey. Our project partners come from various sectors such as corporate, government, non-profit, local and international organisations. We view our project partners as a core part of our business. Being a project partner means that you will have the ability to tap into young and bright minds, and experience the real-time process and benefits of design-led thinking through the methodology and insights gained from user research, conceptual ideas generated throughout and the final conceptual prototypes from the students.

UNICEF Africa and their African Drone & Data Academy work in Kenya and Malawi.

UNICEF and the Government of Malawi are spearheading the use of drones and data for development and humanitarian purposes. In June 2017, they opened the first drone testing corridor worldwide as a technology-friendly environment for local and international drone companies to test their solutions. The African Drone and Data Academy: The African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) aims to be a centre of excellence that will dually equip young people in Malawi and the African region with necessary 21st-century skills while strengthening the drone ecosystem for more effective humanitarian and development response.

The current challenge:
How might we leverage existing tools and tech to build climate change resilience for African communities affected by climate change?