Twende, a social innovation center in Arusha, Tanzania, is holding our first challenge prize! Students will present their best ideas to save & store water, and winners earn a cash prize equivalent to a year of school fees. Twende is a local NGO with 5+ years of running hands-on design training with 1100+ participants from a range of backgrounds. We believe anybody can solve their own problems but some outside advising, tools, and confidence can help. We provide this support for making tech.
Because traditional education in Tanzania focuses on rote memorization to pass examinations, most students do not have the opportunity to express and practice their creativity. Twende believes everyone can create solutions to their challenges, and we use our local invention expertise to help Tanzanians build problem-solving confidence by designing & making their own life-improving technologies. But we have realized we need deeper engagement with motivated students to ensure the tech is complete.
Twende runs hands-on design & creativity five-day workshops for students to create their own technology solutions to improve their lives, but five days is not enough. Thus, we are piloting a Challenge Prize, where 20 secondary school student semi-finalists work with us for 4 months after the design workshop, using our tools, space, building materials, and tailored technical assistance to build & test functioning prototypes of their ideas to the challenge this year: saving & storing water.
This challenge will give 20 Tanzanian youth the chance to make a technology by and for themselves. They will be able to use this technology in their communities, improving their day-to-day life. Depending on what they design, this could be scalable to other communities. Additionally, these 20 youth will gain confidence in their design & making skills; get more exposed to entrepreneurship & social innovation; increase their STE(A)M skills; and move a step closer towards becoming changemakers.