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



Explore Virtual Reality

This Friday, the D:Lab hosted virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts and makers who are passionate about the development of virtual reality and the technological possibilities it affords in this age of information.


The Nubian VR team shared their story of how they established their Virtual Reality Content Development company. Kabiru and Jonathan, co-founders of Nubian VR, explained the fundamentals of virtual reality and how it influences the use of technology today. The team expressed their major challenges in sourcing technology to develop content in Africa as well as how they overcame these challenges. With the assistance of Samuel, VR content developer, students who attended this event got a feel of how to use Unity 3D to create a simple 3D animation which was built and viewed on a smartphone through a VR Headset.



D:Lab Fellows Workshop on Nov 26, 2015

Where?: Mcnulty Foundation Design Lab in the King Engineering building

When?: Nov 26, 2015, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

This workshop afforded three Fellows to kick start or re-analyse their projects by applying design thinking frameworks with the help of other interested members fo the Ashesi community. See the projects below.

Title: Design Thinking Ashesi PR
By: Michael Quansah
Brief: Ashesi’s Public Relations team is the main communications arm of Ashesi. We handle both internal and external communication on Ashesi’s behalf through a number of media; social media (web), print, a couple of times radio and also television.
Our current modus operandi is tailored towards storytelling and should be able to inform and inspire audiences ranging from high-school students to potential donors, and to parents and college students.
Currently, we rely on the Ashesi website as the main portal for all of our communication and engagement with our ‘followers.’
We want to use design thinking to expand our reach and also engage and recruit followers for Ashesi on all our platforms with fresh, strong and relevant content consistent with the Ashesi dream.

Title: How to build a community around digital fabrication at Ashesi
By: DK Osseo-Asare, Project Lead, D:Lab FabHub
Brief: Digital fabrication is science fiction in real life, and it’s already changing the world in mind-blowing ways. Just as major technological breakthroughs like the wheel, printing press, steam engine and computer revolutionized how we think, see, feel, communicate, move and live so too digital fabrication represents a major transition in human history. The power of computers and the rise of the Digital Age has been celebrated because it allows machines to network human intelligence, and do thinks quicker, faster, cheaper and more reliably.
Digital fabrication goes even further—it enables computers to move beyond cyberspace and directly make things in the real world. Already today millions of 3D printers around the world are being used to help build household objects, furniture, cars, planes, buildings, food, clothing and even “living” human body parts and organs made out of cell tissue. Ashesi is poised to play a leadership role in this next phase technological progress, in Africa and beyond.
I want to use design thinking to understand how to build a community around digital fabrication at Ashesi.

Title: Open Virtual Reality
By: Kabiru Seidu and Jonathan Dotse

Brief: We are passionate about VR technology and the potential it has to transform the ways in which we craft and share our ideas, stories, and experiences. Our aim is to support the development of a sustainable VR ecosystem that will enable people in Africa to take part in this new media revolution.

We are thinking of an Open VR Project to be structured into three sub-projects, software development, hardware design, and content production.

We want to use design thinking to help us develop a long-term roadmap for our project.