Fellow’s Projects Update Session

D:Lab Fellows shared progress made with their projects and the next steps for their projects.


What? – Project Update Session

When? – Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Time? – 2:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Where? – McNulty Foundation Design Lab, King Engineering Building 102.

The following Fellows who are applying design thinking methods and tools to enhance their projects were invited to present their progress:

  • Pearl Gemegah & Dr. Suzanne Buchele – Designing an African academic gown system for various graduation levels
  • Antoinette Doku ’14 – A human-centered Montessori School Curriculum
  • The Ashesi Farm Modeling Project
  • Charles Djokoto – SunRise Hub, aiding financially disadvantaged high school graduates to pursue dream career paths
  • Comfort Appiah – LociFarm, an organic poultry farm
  • Jobe Wuyeh – Gambian Fruit Farm
  • Araba Torson – Women in Agriculture
  • Daniel Botchway & Yesmin Alhassan –  Exploring user behavior in the adoption of a Customer Relationship Management System at Ashesi
  • Sena Agyepong & Sofia Dery – Restructuring the entrepreneurship capstone for the next two academic years
  • Rose Dodd – Validating the Ashesi Institute brand and developing collateral for it



Fellows’ Workshop



What? – Fellows’ Workshop

When? – Wednesday 2nd November, 2016

Time? – 2:40 – 4:10pm

Where? – McNulty Foundation Design Lab, King Engineering Building 102.

Laptop Racky: a multifaceted device that makes your office a mobile one. by Andrews Lartey ( andrews-lartey.branded.me )

At the workshop session today, we brainstormed about a typical user’s experience and needs around the problems the Laptop Racky seeks to solve. After laying out the typical users of this device, we used an empathy map to understand the users’ needs. Andrews was tasked with organizing a team of students, within and outside Ashesi who will be committed to helping develop the project. He also has to do further research within his problem space to gather more data.

Developing a human-centered Montessori school management structure and curriculum.
by Antoinette Doku.

From the session we held with Antoinette, we were able to help her establish some sound assumptions using the business model canvas. She will be testing and verifying these assumptions over the next few weeks through observations and interviews at Montessori schools in Tema and Accra