Blockchain (beyond Bitcoin): Research Workshop

A blockchain – originally block chain – is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data — once recorded, the data in a block cannot be altered retroactively. Read more.

In Ghana, blockchain is being used by Benben, a lands services company in Ghana. This session will explore the user of block chain in industries other than in digital currency.

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This research workshop brought together faculty and students curious about blockchain technology and the potential of using this technology in creating innovative business solutions.

Idea areas identified for the application of blockchain in Ghana  after the research workshop included:

  • Public sector – Government contracts and tenders
  • Elections – national, institutional
  • Music purchase and copyright
  • Transportation management
  • Counterfeit Food certification – Food and Drugs Board, Ghana

 

Lead –        Carl Yao Agbenyega

How do you imagine your BAHARI?

BAHARI is an innovative design initiative to create portable, creative and fun, yet unique spaces that enable students to express themselves creatively and own their space.

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The project team invited everyone to the PROSUMER Brainstorming session engage students in the design process and product development process of creating an innovative student space.

Lead –          Audrey S-Darko

The First Assessment – Young Creatives Initiative at Ashesi 

On 1st March the Young Creatives team held the 5th session of the program in the McNulty Foundation Design Lab on the Ashesi University College campus. For previous sessions, the team taught the students how to identify problems around them and understand the stakeholders, effects and causes of these problems. We introduced a class charter and some concepts of leadership and teamwork such as respect and core values to the students.

For the 5th Session of this program, we brought the students to the Ashesi Campus. This change of environment revealed a lot about how physical environments can greatly impact the emotions of young learners and hence motivate learning! 

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We, the team for the day, surprised them with a quiz to test their understanding of problems, causes and effects of problems, and stakeholders, tackled in previous sessions. Some students expressed how this made them feel; in their own words, the experience was ‘easy’, ‘tough’, ‘uncomfortable’.

We watched a short animation movie, “Soar” – by Alyce True, and introduced the idea of observation as a form of empathy in the Design Thinking process and the essence of acknowledging the feelings of others in Leadership. This was when we truly realised that communication and verbal self-expression was a challenge for the students of Fidelity Juvenile School in Berekuso. Our newest challenge now is: “How might we enable a reluctant, unsure, maybe shy junior high school student to communicate effectively and express themselves intelligently to others?”

The day ended with a display of the arrow head marching formation that the students spent the entire day in school learning, prior to our Young Creatives session.

Polythene Waste for Rain Water Harvesting

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A major problem on the Ashesi Farm is constant water supply to the maintain plant growth. After several brainstorming sessions, the team discovered that there could be a solution which would solve two problems: improper waste management (polyethene waste) and poor irrigation on the farm. The solution that was born was the use of polyethene waste, specifically ‘pure water’ sachets, create a mechanism for rainwater harvesting.

About 400 pure water sachets were procured from a single person’s consumption of “pure water.” These sachets were sewn together by a local seamstress in Berekuso into a canvas that will be used as water collection surface.

Some members of the farm team started experimenting with local materials to create the first prototype.

The Organic Solar Vest

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The organic solar vest is a vest layered with organic photovoltaic cells designed to trap solar energy which would be capable of storing energy for powering mobile devices. The first prototype of this vest is being built by Nicholas Tali, Engineering Lab Coordinator with the support of Pearl Gemegah ’19 and the coordinators of the D:Lab.