The UNILAG Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Centre (ESDC) and Lufthansa, the foremost German airline, organized the second edition of the Impact Week for Students at the Jelili Omotola Halls.
For four (4) days, Monday, 19th November to Thursday, 22nd November, 2018, twenty six (26) experts from across the world were present to train students on Design Thinking and how the knowledge can be applied to proffering solutions to the numerous socioeconomic challenges of the country.
Participants were coached in General and Breakout Sessions. Themes covered in the Breakout Sessions include: Education, Energy, Finance, Health & Environment, ‘Tech-preneurship’, Transportation, Tourism, and Urban Agriculture.
On the fourth and final day of the event, and in a practical application of the values of Design Thinking, participants pitched the products and services that they had developed to a panel of investors who were present to adjudge the viability of their ideas.
A total of 24 different products and services were developed by the students which address issues in various sectors: Transportation, Housing, Tourism, Environment, SME Financing, etc.
Team Housolutech came first in the pitching contest. The Team designed a mobile application that connects house owners to technicians who will render services to them on demand.
World renowned Design Thinking guru, Alexander Grots, was on ground to lead this groundbreaking youth development effort.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, was on hand to witness the exploits of the students.
He visited the stand of each of the 24 Teams and promised a start off grant of ₦5 milliion to the first three teams.