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"Community Prototyper for the Women's Safety Challenge"
Hi there! I am the Community Prototyper for the Women's Safety Challenge! Together we will iterate and build on each other's ideas and I will reach you about tips and tricks for prototyping to propel an idea forward.
I am a young industrial designer from Turkey, working and traveling with a focus on philanthropy. Loving the flexibility of working in new contexts and settings, I have spent my past five years studying bachelor design degree in Turkey (Istanbul Technical University), the Netherlands (TUDelft), and South Korea (KAIST) with a graduation in 2012. Meanwhile, I have worked in Denmark at Designit, in India and in Uganda for short periods.
My latest project, Happy Baby, is leading my multidisciplinary team and developing the process of field research, design process and the pilot study of an affordable and comfortable baby carrier, aiming to be produced and used in the rural areas of developing countries. We are currently in the piloting phase of the project taking place in Nkokonjeru, a rural town in Central Uganda. Prior to this position, I was awarded by INDEX: Design to Improve Life and UNICEF with my school projects on developing products to improve sanitation in rural schools. The experiences I have had in my short career helped me set the concern of having a positive social impact as a primary goal in my profession.
Thank you for creating this great platform and bringing design activists together!
Say 'NO' Day is a campaign for the right of women to speak up! In low-income settings, where sexual harassment is a part of everyday life, many women simply do not know their rights to say NO even when they have the chance.
Congratulations for the great idea and taking it through the refinement phase. Did you have time to develop a storyboard? When I think about how a girl/women could experience your idea, I think finding the right people/students could be something you can prototype in a creative way.
A challenge in trainings is that too many people might want to benefit and show interest in attending. But to be honest, learning programming at the age of 14-35 requires some mathematic skills, and moreover, a big interest in technology. To get the best out of these trainings, at least in the beginning, you might want to start with ‘low-hanging fruits,’ with students who can show commitment throughout the trainings.
And in order to find these girls, you can take Google’s recruitment billboard as an inspiration: http://bit.ly/1lKqSf5 where they simply post a maths question and attract interested people to go to a link of a recruitment website.
So great to see the experience map and the implementation plan you developed. I have live in Nkokonjeru in Biukwe District for several months in 2013, so I can imagine so many young girls in Namuwongo benefiting from your idea :) It is especially nice to hear father’s support on this mission.
In some years, a way to financially support the program could be to open it for international students also. Possibly a foreigner student can cover the expenses of herself and provide scholarship for 3-4 students in the program. This would also bring girls from different cultures together and build friendships.
Do you see it as a girls-only holiday program?
Another idea is that alumni girls of the holiday program could be recruited as trainers when they become older.
As the community prototyper, I would be happy to support the prototyping process of your idea.