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  • End of year function 23 October 2019


  • Chairperson: Charley van der Linde
  • Vice-Chairperson: Brigitta Selb
  • Treasurer: Elaine I Nyamayaro
  • Secretary: Zoë Thomson
  • Media and Marketing: Tshogofatso B Lope

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                                                                                                                    PAST EVENTS





  • EWB-Maties collaborated with Maties Paw, a team of Ewb-maties members was formulated to find something at the Animal Welfare Centre Stellenbosch that     we believe  along with the management team needed critical attention. We used our problem solving solving skills to:
-find creative ways to combat the problem
-design a solution
-build it
-& then physically implement the designs into the animal shelter 

  • The Kayamandi High School Computer Literacy Project serves to educate Grade 8 learners fundamentals of computer literacy.We are conduction this program for two months. The learners will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the course.


EWB-Maties and EWB-UCT joined forces to bring an event that aimed at developing and empowering EWB members. From one-on-one mentorship with Professional Corporate and Executive life coaches to exposure to an Expert on human centered design.

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  • 30 Nov 2018 12:45 AM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    EWB-Maties: Our 2018 Journey

    EWB-Maties has grown leaps and bounds over the 2018 year. As Chairperson, I couldn’t be prouder of the amazing executive team of 2018 and what they have managed to achieve. EWB-Maties, being one of the smallest chapters; have managed to grow its active membership base by nearly 300%. (39 ->112 members) As a result, the chapter was not only able to add new and exciting projects to the year plan, but also affect more sustainable change within our community. Such projects included the Human Centred Design & Personal Development Course, The Animal Welfare Centre Revamp, The Computer Literacy Program, The Solar Generator Project, as well as being a part of the Stellenbosch University Giving Day #Move4Food Campaign.

    The Human Centred Design (HCD) & Personal Development Course

    Over the last few years, EWB-Maties have conducted a one-hour HCD course in which members were encouraged to not only find ways to better identify problems in our community, but also correctly design solutions that are tailored to mitigating the root cause of the problem by considering all factors of the design process. We believed that one hour just simply wasn’t long enough to truly understand the importance of design thinking. As a result, we embarked on a collaborative 3 hour program with EWB-UCT in which Phd Lecturers from Cape Towns well established d-school presented a fun, and engaging program on design thinking. This was incredibly well received by all members involved.

    Furthermore, EWB-Maties became aware that many of the programs/projects the chapter run are focused on community outreach, and social upliftment; with very little focus on personal development of the engineer themselves. This begged the question as to how do we expect to become influential engineers, if we are unaware of the strengths and weaknesses, dreams and goals that we have or aspire to attain. We thus decided to incorporate a Personal Development aspect of the HCD course. We were lucky enough to establish a 5 hour personal development program in which 6 of SA’s most established executive and life coaches coached and mentored our very own members on Personal Mastery, and leadership. This program was not only well received by our members, but so successful that many members requested the project to be rolled over to 2019.

    The Animal Welfare Centre Revamp

    When we think of community outreach/social upliftment projects, we often forget to consider those who have no voice. EWB-Maties thus decided to embark on a project aimed to uplift the lives of the animals at the Stellenbosch Animal Welfare Centre. Seeing as the Welfare Centre is an NPO; most of the funding received goes directly towards food, medication/ veterinary procedures as opposed to facility upkeep. As a result, many of the kennels – especially for the puppies – are cold and dark, leading to many of the puppies dying purely due to living conditions. EWB-Maties thus helped raise funding and install Wall heaters into the new puppy center (prior to the winter season) to help give the puppies a fighting chance during the cold winter months. We are excited to help revamp the larger dog kennels fencing and water filtration systems next year.

    The Computer Literacy Program

    It has become increasingly evident that despite South Africa’s progress over the last 20 years, the education system – especially in the more underprivileged areas- has not developed at the same rate. This is especially prevalent in the omittance of any technology based subjects. In a constantly advancing world, it is outright unacceptable to have an education system that does not equip the youth for the working world in which they will soon find themselves. The computer Literacy Program is thus a project aimed at using our very own members knowledge of computers to design and facilitate an after school program aimed at teaching young grade 8 learners the basics of computing. (Microsoft, Internet, etc) The program is entirely run by our members. This project was initially implemented last year at Makapula High School in Khayamandi, and was so well received that this year we received 210 applications to take part. (an increase from only 40 applications in 2017)

    Unfortunately, due to protests and riots in the area; the school with the agreement of EWB-Maties had to suspend the project due to unsafe conditions. We are hoping to run this project again next year if all goes well.

    The Solar Generator Project

    EWB aims to not only utilize and mobilise young engineers’ skills to uplift society, but also aims to encourage and instil the love of math and science into young South African’s – to help potentially grow the number of students willing to pursue a career in science, maths or engineering.

    This project aims to do just this. With the help of Khayamandi High School Staff, we were able to identify 10 of their grade 10 learners performing well in these respective subjects who were then mentored by our members about; the importance of renewable energy, how to use basic scientific equipment (ie: soldering guns, ammeters etc) and to physically build their very own portable solar generator that they could take home. Such a generator could power a study light/ charger a cell phone. This project was incredibly successful, with 9 of the students deciding to pursue core mathematics and science as subjects for matric, subsequent to the completion of the project.

    The Stellenbosch University Giving Day #Move4Food Initiative

    Despite the recent announcement of fee-free education, large funding gaps still exist. (especially with regards to food security) This became evident with the announcement that 30% of all South African students attending tertiary education are in fact suffering from a lack of food security; resulting in many of such students not completing their studies. Stellenbosch University identified that not only was this a prevalent issue on campus, but was resulting in more that 13% of current students dropping out yearly. The university thus embarked on a massive student-led campaign, Giving Day #Move4Food, which aimed to raise R10 million in 100 days to create food banks on campus that would help provide daily meals to such students for a period of 3 years.

    EWB-Maties was called upon to design, and install a container (“lunch box”) that would be housed in the university cafeteria to help encourage the university students, and community to try get behind the cause and help end student hunger. EWB, however, took the brief one step further; and decided that the box should not just be a platform for donations of non-perishable food items, but should create awareness into the food insecurity issue, as well as create a sense of student solidarity. The 120 cubic meter box was implemented in the cafeteria for one week only, and aimed to meet a target of 10 000 donated items.

    EWB-Maties not only exceeded this target, achieving over 15 000 donations (monetary value of ~R38 000 ) but also managed to create the largest donations box ever constructed in the world. The entire initiative, along with the box, helped raise awareness and attract donations across the Western Cape; being recognised on Cape Talk, various local news stations, as well as received a personal visit and acknowledgement by Thuli Madonsela herself.

    EWB-Maties members have made the Executive committee and the entire Stellenbosch Community incredibly proud over the course of the year. It is incredibly humbling to know that South Africa is in the hands of such hard working, dedicated, and passionate young people. We hope EWB-Matie’s continues to strive towards even greater heights in the 2019 year.

    -Cailin Perrie

    EWB-Maties Chairperson 2018

  • 29 Nov 2018 11:33 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    2018 Project Highlights

    Human Centred Design and Personal Development Course

    Over the last few years, EWB-SA have encouraged chapters to host Human Centred Design events which aim to enrich our members’ understanding of the importance of sustainable design, focusing on problems that aim to fulfil real human needs. It was identified that for Human Centred Design to be effective, the people implementing such thinking and problem solving need to understand the impact they have as individuals on the success and/or failure of such solutions. To address this issue, EWB-Maties and EWB-UCT hosted a collaborative workshop on Human Centred Design, Design Thinking and Personal Development. The workshop took place in May at the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University.

    The workshop was facilitated by six Corporate and Executive coaches. The coaches helped probe discussions with our members into how they believe they are making a difference and how to further utilize their skills to make a societal and personal sustainable change.

    For the Human Centred Design part of the workshop, Dr Keneilwe Munyai (from the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking) gave a 2-hour crash course on Design Thinking, after which participants were given problems to tackle with the design thinking approach under time pressure. This exercise helped to reveal the importance of designing to understand the problem, so that the solution obtained is sure to solve the correct problem that it remains sustainable in the long run.

    Computer Literacy Course

    This project was started with the aim of working towards closing the digital divide in schools by teaching computer skills to a group of grade 8 scholars. The benefits that computers bring to facilitate education is outstanding, so it was thought to start with the youngest high school learners so that they can develop their skills throughout their school career before hopefully continuing with tertiary education.

    The main goals of this project were to:

    • Create lessons that foster an appreciation for computers and other ICT’s
    • Create an educational environment that is appealing to students
    • Encourage and teach learners to become confident with computer literacy tools and knowledge

    A challenge for this project was achieve the above goals in the context of an under-resourced school whose students have limited computer access.

    The Computer Literacy project was started in the second term at Kayamandi High School. The plan was to run the project over two terms, with the lessons be spaced out (2 per week), so that learners would have a long enough time period to absorb the knowledge and practice their skills. This long time frame was decided on because of a recommendation made by the project leader that ran this project in 2017. It was suggested that the length of the project be increased because in 2017 the learner received too much information in too little time, so they couldn’t remember all the skills taught to them.

    The first part of the project ran relatively smoothly then it was put on pause (because of university and school exams) with the plan to continue after the holiday. After the holiday the principle of the school informed the project leader that too many learners had failed their June exams, so they requested that the project be put on hold so that the learners could focus on their academics. After a while it was agreed that the project can recommence. Unfortunately, soon after this strikes started in Kayamandi and it was advised for our members not too travel to Kayamandi. After this, the executive team decided to cease the project, as it was dragging out and wouldn’t be finished in time to not clash with other projects.

    Maties PAWS Collaboration

    In EWB-Maties executive committee decided to look into how to our chapter can impact society as a whole – people, animals, and the environment they live in. A proposition was made to do a collaborative project with EWB-Maties and the Maties animal welfare group (PAWS). The advantages behind this collaboration were that PAWS had the connections to local animal shelters and knew where to identify the need, and EWB-Maties could contribute the technical ideas and assistance on how to solve the problems identified.

    The project started with an investigative outing to an Animal Welfare Shelter just outside of Stellenbosch. On this trip, the project team identified a list of problems that could be solved at the facility. The most pressing problem was the lack of heat in the puppy kennels – young puppies were dying because of the cold. Due to budget restrictions, the team could only choose to tackle one problem this year and the heat problem was chosen. Puppies make a big mess on the floor and it has to be cleaned often to keep them and the kennels sterile. It’s for this reason that the simple solution of blankets or laying anything on the floor could not be used, therefore it was decided to install wall heaters to heat the kennels.

    A couple weeks were used to plan, collect quotes, and order parts. The final day of installing the wall heaters took place at the end of July, soon after the university June/July holiday.

    the beginning of the year, the

    Career Expo and Application Run

    The Career Expo was a workshop planned for grade 11 and 12 learners, with the aim of showing scholars what career options are available for them to follow - as most of them are unaware of what is out there. The plan for the day was for EWB-Maties members to discuss various career fields such as business, tourism, education etc with the scholars of Kayamandi High School, to give them insight into what options the different career fields entail. As well as career information, the members would present a brief introduction on the different tertiary institutions that the scholars would qualify to apply for.

    The Application Run is a follow on of the Career Expo, it was scheduled to happen the weekend following the Career Expo (also at Kayamandi High School). The Application Run is a workshop where EWB-Maties members help learners apply for tertiary institutions. Volunteers would need to check learner’s academic transcripts to see which of their interests they qualify to apply for, and then assist the scholars with the online forms and other aspects of the application process.

    This project had to be called off due to too few member signups. This project was planned to happen early in the third quarter, but the Computer Literacy Project and Maties PAWS project were pushed back to later in the year so they overlapped with the Career Expo and Application Run dates. This meant that members were tied up in other projects at the time of the Career Expo and Application Run, so there were too few people that could commit to this one as well.

    Solar Generator Mentorship

    The aim on the Solar Generator project is to teach a selected group of high school student about solar energy and how to build their own portable solar generator, which they get to keep afterwards. Due to the deadline for this report, the outcomes of this project won’t be included here because this project is currently still running. The plans for the Solar Generator Mentorship project are described below, but the outcomes will be recorded in next year’s report.

    The first part of the project will consist of 4 lessons spaced over 2 weeks, where EWB-Maties members will present a class to teach the students about solar energy, why renewable energy is important, solar generators, and how to use basic electrical equipment. The second part of the project will be the building of the generators. EWB-Maties will spend a day with the students to facilitate and guide them through the building process for their mini generator, and to help them with the tasks they won’t be able to do. It will be important that the learners physically build the generator themselves so that they can get maximum learning out of the activity, with EWB members just overseeing the process.

    Lunchbox – Giving Day Move4Food

    In 2018 Stellenbosch University started an initiative called Giving Day, which is an annual charity drive that will have a different cause each year. The cause this year was student hunger. The idea behind this initiative is to get the whole university body (students, lecturers, employees etc) to raise awareness and donate money or food for students that can’t afford to buy their own food.

    EWB-Maties was recruited to build a massive “Lunchbox” styled collection box for one of the campaigns they are going to run, which is a food collection station in the main student food hub. EWB-Maties were given the task (and a budget) by the university to design the 135m3 box, source the materials, erect the box, manage and organise the collected goods inside throughout the week that the campaign will run, and dismantle the box after the campaign is finished.

    This is a very exciting project for EWB-Maties because it is the first of its kind in the country, and it will target a big audience and hopefully make a great beneficial impact on the cause. This project is currently still running, so the outcomes can only be recorded in next year’s report.

    2019 Proposed Projects Ideas And Suggestions


    • Seek external funding from local engineering companies.
    • Reach more students through society fairs of all the other societies
    • Strengthen our relationship with ESC (Engineering Student Council).

    Project Ideas and 2018 Reflections.

    • Design a signage for kayamandi railway crossing. There’s basically a taxi rank of some sort close to the area, with a few informal businesses. There’s no sign of the railway whatsoever. I believe a simple sign, or a few of them informing the residents of the railway would be helpful.
    • From 2018, the projects were a huge success with a few shortcomings. We however, intend to keep the following:
    • Computer literacy is good project but it hasn’t been very successful this year. We can review that and see what we can fix or improve on.
    • The solar generator has gained good traction from the past two years and we intend to keep it and increase the number of learners involved.
    • The move4food campaign was a huge success. And this is the one project that stood out for us and got us into all the right places. This society has become evident on campus and surrounding areas because of it.

  • 23 May 2018 1:42 AM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    On the 5th May 2018, EWB-Maties and EWB-UCT hosted their first ever collaborative event at the Faculty of Engineering in Stellenbosch University.

    Over the last few years, EWB-SA have encouraged chapters to host HCD events which aim to enrich our members’ understanding of the importance of sustainable design focusing on problems that aim to fulfil real human needs. We, however, identified that in order for HCD to be effective, the engineers implementing such thinking and problem solving need to understand the impact they have as individuals on the success and/or failure of such solutions. We realised, that many engineering students often get discombobulated with the pressures that the degree often brings, and thus, seldomly reflect on how they could better themselves.

    As a result, we not only conducted a workshop on Human Centred Design and Design Thinking, but included a Personal Development aspect as well.

    The Personal Development Workshop kicked off the mornings proceedings and involved our members receiving a lecture, group mentorship and reflection session on Personal Mastery. It is becoming increasingly evident that leadership occurs in a relationship between people. The leaders that survive and add value to their organisations are those leaders that are able to think about their behaviours and moderate them to the needs of their organisation and the stakeholders they engage with, based on feedback from their environment. Further, it is increasingly clear that good leadership is practiced again and again and again. Most people are not simply born with relationship skills and do not learn them whilst growing up. Most people learn to focus consciously on making use of their strengths whilst mitigating their weaknesses. As a result, the workshop on Personal Mastery aimed to facilitate experiential learning of ones’ self through story-telling and reflection.

    The workshop was facilitated by 6 Well Established and incredibly successful Corporate and executive life coaches (Tammy Perrie, Mary Ann Dove, Sigi Weiss, Megan Hooper, Ron Hyams, Veronica Roysten and Kim Rey). The coaches helped probe thought provoking discussions with our members into what their fears are, how they believe they are making a difference, and how to further utilize their skills to make societal and personal sustainable change.

    Our members were encouraged to see the importance of reflection for not only personal growth, but to ensure better establishment of relationships with others in the future. Without such reflection, we cannot expect to make change in our societies.

    On the HCD side of things, we were incredibly lucky to have been given a 2-hour crash course into Design Thinking by Dr Keneilwe Munyai and her fellow associates. Dr Munyai has a doctorate in design thinking and runs multiple design thinking programmes in SA and in Africa and is the programme manager at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town. The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking (d-School) create an environment in which they nurture the design-led mindset by leveraging on diversity to unlock creative capacity.

    According to the institute, Design Thinking is an approach to understanding and solving complex problems. It is rooted in people, in place, and in a process that unlocks the insights and creative collaboration needed to generate innovation.

    The course involved our members having to creatively tackle problems by focusing extensively on the problem itself as opposed to the solution, whilst placed under time pressure. It was incredibly eye-opening, revealing the importance of designing to understand as opposed to designing for the sake of designing. It also solidified the crucial link we have as engineers in ensuring that solutions we come up with and implement not only solve the correct problem, but ensure that the community is involved with the ‘problem identification’ process in order to ensure that the solution remains sustainable in the long run.

    All in all, it was an incredibly successful workshop, with many of our members calling for us to organize another event of this nature.

    We truly feel that this event has helped us on our journey to achieve EWB-SA’s mission of setting out to reshape South Africa’s engineering sector as a place where people can live their passion, unfold their potential and work with compassion.

    Written by Cailin Perrie - EWB-Maties Chairperson 2018

  • 26 Nov 2017 10:32 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Solar Generator Project

    Renewable energy is often named the future of energy production, and the need for people to be educated on this issue increases. Kayamandi is a township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch Central. For many Kayamandi High School students studying a Stellenbosch University seems to be an impossible goal to reach. Our objective with the project was to impact the lives of these learners by sparking an interest in their engineering and technological curiosity. Our hope is that one day these learners would become our peers on campus and contribute to the upliftment of our society with engineering.

    The project’s goal was to build individual portable solar power generators to provide the learners with a safe and portable power source in their homes. The system housed two USB ports to charge mobile devices and bright LED lights to be used for studying.

    It is very important to make our members feel part of our project and personally have an impact in our programs. Our volunteers were split into four groups of no more than five volunteers and each group had to plan their lesson. Lessons took place over a period of four with one lesson per week. The first lesson was theory based where the learners were taught about what solar power is, how it works, a safety lesson and practising with the soldering iron. The learners were eager to learn and had many questions. The following week, the lessons started with the battery circuit by first explaining how a battery stores energy and how far it can be discharged. The students preceded to build their own battery circuits. Next, lessons moved onto the solar panel, voltage regulator, and peripheral modules like lights, USB ports and voltmeters. The final lesson was the finishing touches with a small certificate ceremony.

    We would like to thank our volunteers and sponsors for this project. With great feedback and success of this project, EWB Maties will look to this project as a template for other projects in the future.

  • 26 Mar 2017 10:01 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    2016 is said to be the most successful year of EWB-Maties. Our welcoming event started on the 9th of February. With a great turnout, we introduced our new members to what EWB-Maties represents and what they can achieve with us. The marshmallow and spaghetti challenge was used as an ice-breaker. The aim was to build the tallest structure from spaghetti, a bit of string and cello tape within 15 minutes. The structure had to be topped off with a marshmallow. It required on-the-spot thinking, quick planning and clear communication between the groups.

    On the 16th of February we hosted our annual Human Centred Design Course(HCD). This year we hosted the HCD as a one-day event filled with thought-driven students. We proposed new projects and discussed on ways to achieve them. We also announced our new 2017 Executive Committee: Yusuf Dohoda: Secretary, Julian Daniels: Chairperson, Catherine Anderson: Project Coordinator, Vuyo Ndayi: Treasurer and Cailin Perrie: Vice-Chairperson.

    On the 22nd of March, we hosted our teaching workshop, presented by Amy Daniels, a lecturer at Stellenbosch University. The event was used to prepare our volunteers for the Computer Literacy Course where EWB-Maties will be tutoring the grade 8 learners of Makupula High on various computer literacy skills. The workshop included discussions of the Z-generation’s characteristics and personalities and how we teach accordingly. We delved into lesson planning as well as teaching practice. The lessons will start on the 24th of April.

    We are in the currently in the planning phase of other projects. On the 28th of March, we will be presenting our Solar Generator Project to the grade 10 and 11 learners of Kayamandi High to see if there is a need for solar generators in the community. On the 31st of March, the executive committee will be giving a talk to potential engineering students from Khayelitsha about life as an engineering student at Stellenbosch University as well as the EWB-Maties society. With our vision and goals set, 2017 has big shoes to fill. Let’s hope our dreams come true.

  • 14 Dec 2016 6:33 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    2016 has been the defining year for EWB at Stellenbosch. Being the new born child amongst other chapters, we have managed to develop from crawling to walking, and the coming years will definitely be an opportunity to run to greater heights. We had our most successful projects thus year, from the tutoring sessions, to the application run and the adopt-a-school painting projects. The Application by far serves as our most successful project. It aimed at helping matriculants with tertiary applications and introducing them to various career options through a career expo. The painting project was also a success, we managed to paint a room (leadership room) for a school we work closely with; Makapula High School in Kayamandi. The room was painted, and redesigned to give it a leadership feel for the young leaders at the school as their creative and meeting space.

    So many things happened between our success projects, small and big, failures and successes, but none of it would have happened without the collaborative efforts of our executive committee and our committed members. We have seen a huge growth in our membership statistics, and are more than thankful to each and every individual who chooses to be part of EWB and adheres to what we stand for and contributes to the vision we have. Come 2017, we will be bigger and better, and most importantly, we will continue being the change we want to see in our communities.

  • 09 Aug 2016 8:55 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)


    We Finally Got Our EWB-Maties T-shirts. 

  • 09 Aug 2016 8:42 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    The "Adopt A School" idea is a way of trying to keep focus with a specific project on continuous basis. Thus by adopting a school, we are indirectly declaring collaboration with a school to be of assistance in anyway that is possible. From painting the school, restructuring the library, to academics. Makapula High School, situated in Kayamandi, is the school we are having effective communication with, it is more than willing to have us at their school to be sources of change, and inspiration to the learners, to show that change can only come when you take the initiative and dedicate the time in making it sustainable. 

    For those interested in creating an even stronger bond with the school and learners, the school had indicated that they would like to get the learners involved in the forever evolving tech-world through computer lessons and tutoring. The above pictures were taken on one of our tutoring sessions, which we have on weekly basis, Saturdays.

    EWB-Maties members and the school learners have shown great interest and enthusiasm for the sessions.

    The plan is to also focus on other ideas such as:

    • Creating a reading culture, have a 'book donation day' for the library the school has.
    • Repaint or furniture the school (from the school fence, classroom walls, desks, chairs or the playground or sport field) through the assistance of external organisations and companies paint and furniture donations.

    Repainting the school is one of our key projects for next semester, as from July. We are in great need on any form of assistance, from paint brushes to the paint. The help from anyone who is able to would be greatly appreciated, both by EWB-Maties and the school.

  • 09 Aug 2016 8:39 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    A flashback to the awesome 3D Printing event.

    EWB-Maties hosted a design session in collaboration with Autodesk. The insightful, knowledgeable and creative team from Autodesk in North America spent time in Kayamandi township over the course of their stay in South Africa, doing outreach, and took time to have us host them for 3D design workshop in Fusion 360, an innovative new software of Autodesk. The event took place on 14 April 2016, at the university’s library auditorium.

    The focus of the workshop was: Rain Water Collection, Storage and Purification: Build on techniques from design thinking, agile problem-solving, and 3D design to create realistic solutions to help with rain water collection. The event created an incredible space for ideas and practical solutions, an insight on the technological approach of problem solving, specifically with the Rain Water Collection, Storage and Purification!

  • 09 Aug 2016 8:35 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    20 February 2016, the day in which EWB-Maties HCD (human centred design) course took place. The HCD course plays a very vital role into the start of the year, especially when we brainstorm ideas on how to come up with solutions and implement them after identifying a need or problem. The course also acted as a bridge for those who were unable to come to the welcoming event, it gave a broader understanding of EWB, and the approach in which we would like to take in empowering our nearest community in need, Kayamandi. 

    The point of course was to come up with effective ways to engage with the community and how to improve collaborations. It gave an idea of how to observe the experiences of the community, and analyse the challenges and opportunities and envisioning future possibilities. Most of the ideas for the year were brought up in the 3 hours long course, it paved a path with our plans for the year, precisely our projects.

    The course is made of the four pillars; discover, ideate, prototype and moving forward. Overall, the course for EWB-Maties is a mindset that equips with creativity to create positive impact, that is human centred; forming collaborations that keeps us unstuck on the ‘engineering bubble’ or our comfort zones, and allow us to be optimistic while experimenting with ideas.

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