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ADNU, La Salle Present Design Thinking Bootcamp to Naga students

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The Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), through the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) collaborated in presenting the Design Thinking Bootcamp on 22 and 23 October at the Arrupe Convention Hall, ADNU.

The speakers came from the DLS-CSB’s Hub of Innovation for Inclusion (HUB), which has promoted the use of Human-Centered Design (HCD) through Benilde Prize, a yearly social design competition. The team of students from ADNU won the Benilde Prize this year.


The bootcamp was participated in by student leaders from five schools, namely ADNU, University of Nueva Caceres, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges – Panganiban and Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology.

Grouped into five teams, the student leaders went through the HCD methods and processes such as community exposure, ideation and prototyping.

Using the problem question, “How might we develop disaster-resilient communities?”, the participants were allowed to conduct interviews with communities in Naga City to identify needs and opportunities related to the problem question. After having gathered data, they went brainstormed and formulated “How might we” statements and insights. As an output, they presented proposed prototypes of their solution to the problem.

Two proposals were adjudged best by the HUB. One proposed a system of protecting important documents, such as birth certificates, land titles, etc., through digitizing and creatively storing the said documents. Another team thought of a social enterprise – a bag that can be transformed into a jacket, sleeping mat and other uses during calamities.

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The bootcamp was a follow-up of OSA’s Skills Development Training Workshop installment on August 19 this year, dubbed as Pagtalubo: Ideation through HCD. Both the bootcamp and the 3-hour SDTW offering promoted HCD as a creative approach in identifying problems and developing solutions by focusing on the needs and requirements of the users or partner communities.

The OSA hoped through the activities, the students will be able to improve their conceptualization and ways of proceeding in doing projects for and with the community.