The process between “Cultural Tensions” and Bogotá Chapter

This is about the alliance between Bogotá Chapter openIDEO and Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano for the challenge How might we address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways?. In addition, we support feedback in their academic processes related to the challenge.

Who are the students?

The authors of the ideas are students of the Industrial Design Bachelor from different semesters in the course “Cultural Tensions”. Before the ideation phase starts, they and their teachers researched about these categories and methodologies for this kind of social process innovation through design.

1st meeting
It was the presentation of Bogotá Chapter, its members, the platform of openIDEO, the challenge and a interesting videoconference with Stephan Kardos from the Vienna Chapter.

2nd meeting
In a later meeting, the students exposed their individual ideas of project. In order to find common topics to evaluate and get into groups.

3rd meeting
In groups, they selected one of ideas of project for working during the semester and get it upload in the openIDEO web. We, the chapter Bogotá, gave them feedback like a team and own individual experiences.

Some of the ideas of students: More than strong ties: Empowering women in rural areas through networking and Zero Textile Waste

Also, we had a first public event with the openIDEO Bogotá Chapter community, it was a opportunity to present the official challenge and generate a workshop for inspiration and ideation with people from different NGO’s, students and people interested in Human-Centered Design.

The second public event was aiming to improve the student projects and we had the opportunity to make a roleplay of the services proposed with the collaboration of external people

The 4th meeting 
The 5 groups of students presented their progress in English, showed consistency with the requirements of the platform, both to define and identify the beneficiary community as the complete process of the proposed service.

The Final meeting
At the end of the semester, we were expected with their processes, and they surprised us and we’re feeling so good about how they had advanced in the academic project and in their own lives through their broader perspective, the verbal communication, their enthusiasm and commitment with the realities of their country, Colombia. The social impact and innovation in different levels and conviction to change and contribute to transformate in real contexts.

The best academic project
It began with the idea of Radio-schools for kids, and they advanced too much, like project and their experiences. The students proposed a group of volunteers with a foundation in the Santa Fe neighborhood in this city, with the goal of improving the quality of life of children living in this context, in after-school time to provide the with care and activities according to their age, whose mothers, sex work as a way of subsistence or are surrounded by the problem of microtraffic.
This group presented the process of linking volunteers and who would offer play workshops on a rotating basis. Through an application each creates a profile to apply and register at the available times, and to keep records of the progress of the children with whom they share the workshops. To promote the continuity of the beneficiaries of the foundation, they built a functional model of a piggy bank with a pot and plant shape that grows as they add special coins delivered by the volunteers according to the progress and assistance of the children.


It was a grateful experience for the team Bogotá Chapter and the students. We hope this is not only time of working with design students, but it is the first of many opportunities for exchange of experiences.

By Antonia Villacís