In preparation for Benilde Prize 3.0: Innovation for Inclusion competition, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (BenildeHiFi) collaborated with the University of Saint La Salle Bacolod (USLS) to conduct the Design Thinking Bootcamp held last August 29 to 31 at USLS Granada Ecopark.
Open to all students in local colleges and universities, Benilde Prize 3.0: Innovation for Inclusion is the first university-based social design competition in the Philippines. It was launched by DLS-CSB in 2015, dedicated to mentor young social innovators through a phase-by-phase process— starting with the regional design thinking workshops across the country.
Each multidisciplinary team was composed of two to three students and their mentor to submit their idea through the use of a pitch deck template. Teams who advanced to the next stage were made to go through an open online course to further refine their idea.
Design Thinking Workshops are done in nine regional centers in partnership with schools, colleges and universities from Bicol Region (Naga), Southern Mindanao (Davao), Central Luzon (Dagupan), Southern Luzon (Lipa), Northern Luzon (La Union), Metro Manila (Manila), Central Visayas (Cebu), Northern Mindanao (Butuan), and Western Visayas (Bacolod).
According to BenildeHiFi, the bootcamp seeks to introduce and engage young adults, educators, and partner educational institutions in the framework, language, process, and advocacy of Human-Centered Design for the formulation and development of socially responsible projects.
Photo from Benilde Hub of Innovation for Inclusion Facebook page