Design Thinking Innovators Camp 2


NIS (Kazakhstan)

Design Thinking Innovators Camp

Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized a 2-week educational summer camp for top high school students from a network of innovative public schools in Kazakhstan - Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools.


Short report

The “Design Thinking Innovators Camp II” repeated the program of DTIC I and, just like the first camp, included lectures and hands-on workshops on theory and practice of design thinking, empathy development, ideation, idea prototyping, testing and iteration. The comprehensive curriculum was delivered by leading experts in design thinking and problem-solving. For example, the prototyping session was led by Will Krause, an Emmy Award nominee for his design work at Sesame Street. Additional sessions focused on enhancing such key skills as value proposition development and customer identification (using the famous Lego Serious Play method), 3D modeling, efficient public speaking, team building and pitching. 

The participants worked on their problems and solutions as teams, and all solutions were presented to a panel of expert judges during the “My Breakthrough Discovery” pitch session at the end of the camp program. This group of students arrived from the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, where they live and study, so most of the problems they identified and tried to solve were related to their home city. The innovative solutions included: a one-size-fits-all shoe, a hidden camera for parents of young children "Himera", an underground ambulance, a safe truck, and a temperature control bottle "Tempdrink". This time five teams received an award in one of the following categories: "Best Design", "The Most Futuristic Idea", "The Most Rational Idea", "The Most World-Changing Idea", "The Most User-Centric Idea". Well done, teams! 

One of the participants, Shekhnaz, remembered that day later: The last day of the program... We rallied together while trying to recall all the great advice our mentors had given us, and presented our projects to a panel of very accomplished judges, who later asked their serious questions about the future of our invention. We won in the nomination "The Most Rational Idea", and were especially thrilled to hear that one of the experts, a famous professor from Iran and a visiting scholar at Stanford, Dr. Yahya Tabesh, would like to invest in our project.


Besides lectures and hands-on workshops, the campers had an opportunity to check out some of Silicon Valley's top educational institutions and organizations, such as UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, Google, Twitter and Intel HQ, TechShop, as well as several tech and innovation museums - California Academy of Sciences, The Exploratorium, Computer History Museum and Autodesk Gallery of Design.

It was a real pleasure working with such smart, motivated and enthusiastic teenagers and seeing their passion and teamgeist in action. And we thank all our amazing speakers, coaches and judges for joining our program and making it happen!


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