U.S. Embassy to Offer Free Innovation and Product Design Training Programs Locally


By Clifton Movirongo.

The U.S. Embassy, ​​under the auspices of Innovation and Product Design Bootcamp, will host a four-day training workshop July 15-18 on product development and design sprint techniques at Opera , The Village in Windhoek.

Public Affairs Officer and U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Walter Parrs said this intensive experiential training program for college students, entrepreneurs and professionals is free and will include hands-on learning sessions. .

The four-day boot camp scheduled for next week will be led by Eric Gorman and Julia Jackson of Wily, a US-based innovation and design printing company, and Jeremy Losaw, director of engineering at Eventys Partners, a full-service product development company also based in the United States

“In partnership with Dololo, the Innovation and Product Design Bootcamp is a collaborative, immersive and interactive experience, leveraging best tools and practices from design thinking, design sprints, behavior change, product development and engineering,” Parrs revealed.

According to him, participants will work as a team to create, prototype and test solutions designed to solve a real-world challenge. He explained that the Bootcamp will provide a framework for targeted innovation and prototyping that can be applied to any problem or process.

“Facilitators will draw on real-world experiences and techniques from the session to provide key insights, best practices and pitfalls to avoid during the design process,” the US Embassy spokesperson added. United States.

Meanwhile, other Bootcamp features include hands-on support and coaching to build realistic, physical and digital prototypes, an Internet of Things (IoT), and a rapid electronic prototyping lab where participants learn to program Adafruit and Particle. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible. boards and how to incorporate electronics into prototypes, and test and refine solutions based on user feedback.

Additionally, the program will allow participants to gain confidence and acquire practical skills that can be immediately applied in situations such as defining a challenge and choosing the most important starting point, identifying crucial questions about business and products and making smart decisions without long discussion. , Parrs said.

“It will also provide participants with practical skills to choose the right prototyping method for their product or service, to test and validate ideas before investing months of work and millions of dollars, to improve productivity, solving big challenges and fostering innovation practices. ”

He adds: “To ensure a high-touch experience, space is limited. Although the event is free, prior registration is required. Full event details and registration information can be found at www.wearewily.com/namibia. Please direct questions and requests for additional information to [email protected]”


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