As part of our mandate to empower engineers to empower communities, EWB-SA hosts an annual national social impact design challenge for all 10 universities. The challenge affords our members the opportunity to apply a human centric approach to solving complex issues in our society. Earlier this year, we partnered with Aurecon to offer design thinking workshops to our Gauteng chapters.
The workshops taught the chapters how to use tools and frameworks to unpack complex problems.
We also recently partnered with Grassroot to tackle some of the issues faced by the Mzondi informal settlement located between Ivory Park (CoJ) and Tembisa (Ekurhuleni), and Mnadini, a township in the city of Roodeport situated west of Tshepisong.
With the guidance of Grassroot and tools taught to the chapters by Aurecon, we engaged with the communities to better understand their challenges. The information gathered was used to develop a design brief that considered all the challenges that the communities brought forward. It all came together on the 15th of September 2018 at the Aurecon offices in Pretoria, UCT in cape town and UKZN in Durban, when teams of young passionate engineering professionals and students guided by seasoned engineers unpacked the issues to form sustainable solutions for each community.
EWB-SA will be awarding the team with the best solution the opportunity to develop it further with professional mentorship. All the solutions generated in the session will be packaged and given back to the communities. EWB-SA aims to continue providing a platform wherein budding young engineers and seasoned professionals can utilize their skills to improve their understanding of how to solve challenges in their communities.