Last Thursday, students from the Parsons Design for UNICEF class presented their final project concepts at a Brown Bag at UNICEF NYHQ.
The course, taught in fall 2014, was a collaboration with the Innovation Unit and Tanzania Country Office, and part of the graduate program in Design and Technology at Parsons. Please see our earlier post to learn more about the course.
The Nutrition team presented their three-pronged communications platform that builds on the social nature of markets to inform positive nutrition behaviors among mothers in rural communities. Read their concept note here.
The second team demonstrated their project TeachPort, which aims to improve the scalability of INSET, an existing teacher-training program in Tanzania. It is a cost-effective, real-time communication tool between INSET(In-Service Education and Training) and teachers via SMS that reduces travel needs and feedback delays in Tanzania. Read their concept note here.
We Save Water shared the prototype of their toolkit for collaborative educational community led water solutions triggered by primary school children and encourage water related problem solving skills (eg basic circuitry). Read their concept note here.
We Save Water reflected on the experience of presenting at the Brown Bag, saying, “After working on a Unicef project for a semester, it was rewarding to present our work in front of a team of experts at the UN. We were so enthusiastic to see our project come to life by getting feedback from people that do this daily. The comments that we received were appreciated especially since one of the team members was from Tanzania. It was gratifying to see our work being appreciated by a team of individuals from different backgrounds tasked with identifying problems and come up with inventive and usable solutions that improve children’s lives around the world.”