Design Thinking, at first a creative spark in Taipei, is now spreading through all of Taiwan thanks to students and faculty at National Taiwan University.
Last September, d.school alum Hendrick Lee along with Design Thinking Bootcamp graduates Bowei Lee and Rebecca Kuei created a design thinking workshop for students at NTU. They brought in d.school designer Adam Royalty, Jump designer Bruce King-Shey, and d.school alumni Jim Ratcliffe and Ben Grossman-Kahn to help plan and facilitate the effort.
Over the course of three days, NTU undergrads and graduate students learned design thinking by redesigning a multitude of experiences for the elderly. Some groups focused on insights around the need of elderly to contribute in meaningful, unique ways while other groups explored what it might be like to create a bus where youth consult the elderly on modern topics.
The workshop could not have happened without the dedication and hardwork of many of the amazing NTU TAs. These students are poised to lead design thinking in Taiwan. As an example, two TAs are driving the Design for Change Taiwan contest.
Since the workshop, students from across Taiwan founded the NTU design thinking group. They are working on presenting design challenges and competitions that will inspire students to design solutions for problems ranging from bicycle safety on campus to empowering indigenous inhabitants of Taiwan.