This semester I'm sitting in on Neha Kumar's Technology and Poverty course at Georgia Tech. I collaborated with her to organize a Design Jam for the class, the first of three participatory workshops aimed at introducing Design Thinking to students. The backgrounds and concentrations of students ranged from international development to human-computer interaction, business, computer science, and beyond. With this first workshop, we had two main goals:
- to help students begin to think empathically about designing technology interventions for people in contexts different than they're accustomed to
- to work on scoping big, global problems down to specific design problems that are more manageable and practical to investigate
We used the Sustainable Development Global Goals as a framework for the prompt.