Archive for the ‘education’ Category

Nokia and education, part one

April 23, 2009

Met some really interesting students who are designing and exploring education delivery on handheld devices.

‘Project Nokia.Expand aims to create a learning platform for children in developing countries in the form of a mobile device. The device will be durable, low-cost, light-weight, easy to use and contains components that enable the children to interact with their immediate environment. The example applications are based on extensive user studies across multiple countries and continents. They will support learning, communication, and playful interaction within and outside a school. We believe that learning happens through interacting with the world. Technology supports that.’ Design Factory.

More to come after the opening of the Product Design Gala.

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Google 10^100

September 26, 2008

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Project 10^100 is the latest from Google to help change the world, using a huge amount of prize money and brand leverage, they hope to source the world for good ideas to benefit and make an impact in peoples lives. Google is embracing “crowdsourcing,” the Internet-age notion that the collective wisdom of mass audiences can be leveraged to find solutions to design tasks.

The ideas can come from anybody, anywhere and can be anything, ideas that Google has cited as good examples are the Hippo Water Roller. Which in my opinion not the ideal solution, but it is inspirational and has seen a lot of press coverage, which helps the world think about how the other 4  billion live. Project H has called for a re-design of the roller for improved shipping efficiency for wider distribution and a lower price point. A new design should see a smaller, lighter more usable roller, which will help delivery and lower costs, lets see what happens.

But, back to 10^100;


  • Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
  • Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
  • Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
  • Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
  • Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
  • Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
  • Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
  • Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don’t fit into any category at all.


  • Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
  • Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea’s impact last?

Hard to believe Google is only 10 years old.

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FADA-Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

September 4, 2008
The University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture will host a second information session on Wednesday, 17 September 2008 at 14:00. Anyone interested in a exploring a career in design should attend.

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