Design Thinking in Afrika Online Programme

Connecting African thinkers and building skills for the future.

The Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at UCT, in collaboration with Ashesi University (Ghana), KNUST (Ghana), American University in Cairo (Egypt), University of Nairobi (Kenya), and the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), invites students under 35 to apply for an engaging online Design Thinking programme.

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Trans-African Challenge:

Participate in a competitive challenge spanning the continent, addressing real-world problems.

Critical Thinking Advancement: 

Develop critical thinking skills crucial for tackling the challenges of today’s world.

Diverse Collaboration:

Work within diverse African teams, sharing knowledge and learning from key industry partners of the Hasso Plattner Foundation.

Building capabilities with Design Thinking

Four Cs Development: Design thinking directly enhances Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration—essential skills recognised by the World Economic Forum.

Tacit Knowledge Cultivation: Recognising the importance of ‘tacit knowledge’ in the evolving job market, our programme focuses on building this key ingredient in potential employees.

Adapting to Change: The world is constantly changing, and the design thinking mindset equips participants to collaboratively navigate this exciting, yet turbulent, new terrain in human-centred and innovative ways.

Taking ownership of Design thinking Tools and Mindsets: The programme will empower students with tools and mindsets of a design-led practitioner. Students will be immersed into exploring and adopting the tools and mindsets to take ownership of through their journey.

Key Programme Benefits

  • Skills for the Future:
    Master the Four Cs — Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration—to prepare for the evolving working world.
  • Multi-disciplinary Teams: 
    Gain an introduction to working in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams, fostering a holistic approach to problem-solving.
  • Creative Confidence: 
    Discover digital learning tools and build creative confidence to tackle challenges with innovative solutions.

Programme Requirements

  • Only students from partnering universities: UCT, Knust, Ashesi, American University of Cairo, University of Kenya and University of Dar es Salaam are eligible to apply.
  • Qualification Status: Students in their final year of undergraduate study, current postgraduate students, or those who graduated in 2023 (undergraduate or postgraduate).
  • Age Criteria: Aged between 18 to 35 years old.

Applicants are expected to:


Attend all six days of the programme.


Be prepared for 4-6 hours of asynchronous teamwork and preparation outside the programme’s online space.


Attend d-scovery sessions and complete a feedback form after the programme.

Programme Technology Requirements

Internet Connection:

A stable internet connection of at least 4 Mbps speed.

Wifi Preference:

Preferably connect using an uncapped Wifi connection such as Eduroam to avoid unnecessary data charges.

Device and Accessories:

A desktop/laptop computer with Webcam/computer camera, good microphone sound quality.


Use either Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers to run the programme’s software.

Software Access:

Access to Zoom software and the Miro app. Technical requirements for Miro can be found here and should be checked before attendance to avoid delays in joining the programme.

Important Application Details

Application Deadline: 15 June 2024

Programme Dates: 1 to 11 July 2024


Students and professionals having completed a programme since 2016


Programmes run since 2016


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