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TechSoup Asia partners use “design thinking” to prototype together

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By Glenn Fajardo, TechSoup

TechSoup Asia was inspired by the *Weekend Movement in Malaysia. We gathered many of our partners and collaborators for a weekend of rapid prototyping of new ideas to help NGOs better use technology for social impact.

At the TechSoup Asia Program Design Session, participants learned how to use design thinking, a way of innovating pioneered by design firm IDEO and the Stanford d.School. We formed “all-star” teams of leading social innovators to make three new ideas come to life. The session was held at the headquarters of SOLS 24/7 in Kuala Lumpur.

Participants included ASSIST, ChangeFusion, Gawad Kalinga, GIVE, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, OpenDream, Social Enterprise Malaysia, SOLS 24/7, and the *Weekend Movement. The session was co-facilitated by John Rehm, an innovation consultant who was the founder of the IDEO Singapore office, and Glenn Fajardo of TechSoup.

Projects at the Session included:

  • YouthTech: Connecting trained youth to help NGO’s that have basic technical needs
  • Asian NGO: Creating better access to available finance and knowledge resources for Asian NGO’s
  • Disaster SMS: Helping people in poor communities use technology to better prepare for and respond to natural disasters

Watch the video of the TechSoup Asia Program Design Session to learn more about what happened.

Have any questions or ideas? Contact us at @techsoupasia on Twitter or email Glenn Fajardo at glenn@techsoupglobal.org