The Center for Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures (WISE-Futures) in partnership with the Yonsei University from Korea, Alton University from Finland, Innovative Technology and Energy Center (ITEC) from Arusha, Tanzania hosted the Design Factory Workshop at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST).

The Design factory Workshop commenced on 2nd – 5th July 2019, at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST). Students from Yonsei University Underwood International College, Alton Design Factory from Finland and NM-AIST from Arusha, Tanzania engaged in a 4-day intensive workshop, where they had the opportunity to plan and create a new product or service to solve social challenges. 37 students attended the workshop and also the faculty members attended half-day training. The workshop provided a unique platform for students to form interdisciplinary teams to conduct field research, design prototypes, and present their solutions.




The Design Factory Workshop intended to act as a catalyst for students to learn, design, and explore the field of social innovation beyond the range of the workshop. The ultimate aim is to build new capabilities in social innovation, which will deepen and broaden the field, serving our society in meaningful ways.

Among other things, participants got an opportunity to exchange views and ideas on design and they made field visits to the Ngaramtoni water treatment plant in Arusha and Ngurdoto Solar Plant in Moshi. After the visit students come up with innovative and marketable products or services through the 3-stage development process, including definition, conceptualization and prototyping depend on social challenges regarding Water, gender and energy.

On the last day of the workshop, the teams delivered their final presentations and prototype based on how well they planned, designed, and implemented the solutions to social challenges. The team “KoTaVu in Kimchi-manjaro” comes up with the solution of using Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), to filtering high fluoride concentration water in Arusha. Team 2 “Team Twigilin design project “rainwater harvesting irrigation system” that will help the community and the Team 3, design “Semi-automatic toilet cover” to improve hygiene in the traditional toilet. Overall, the students were able to apply some of the core principles of social innovation to their own ideas