Priorities:National Institute of Development Administration Faculty Projects

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Project Name: Extreme Affordability and Community Engagement @NIDA

Project by Faculty Innovation Fellows Candidate Danuvasin Charoen

Why is this project important to you, your department, & your Fellows?

This project is intended to solve community or organizational problems with design thinking and design sprint. It is important to me because I can offer it as an elective class and build my credibility as a design thinking champion. In addition, my students and I can publish an action research from a result of this project. Also, there might be a commercialization opportunity if we can convert the prototype into a real product or platform. The project is important for the department because it can create a community and/or business engagement which is one of the key performance indicators for my department. This project is important for the fellows because they cannot only learn and apply design thinking concepts and they can make a real-world impact.


The goal of this project is to create an environment where students learn to design products, services, or processes that will change the lives of people in a community. Using design thinking and design sprint processes, students will work closely with community leaders and/or organizational partners to come up with solutions and prototype. After the project, students should come up with working prototypes that can be implemented in a community or an organization. The working prototype should be converted into a start-up project. Students need to pitch the value of the prototype together with the business model to venture capitalists.
Another objective of this project is to create a design space and innovation lab that provides space and mentorship for students to learn to solve problems using design thinking, design sprint, and storytelling. A design space and innovation lab provide not only an environment but also brainstorming and prototyping tools such as 3D printers. The lab will provide technology showcases to inspire students to create a real-world impact. Moreover, we plan to create a design and innovation forum both online and offline. We plan to invite design and innovation experts to share tips, techniques, and experience in order to inspire others to make a change to create a real-world impact.

Stakeholders served

  1. Community’s leaders
  2. A venture capitalist (VC) who is willing to fund the project.
  3. People in a community and/or employee in organizations

Key Milestones

  • December 2020: We locate the community and organization that are willing to work with us. We conduct design thinking workshops for the community. Website is created.
  • March 2021: Design Space and innovation lab is established. Low fidelity prototype is proposed.
  • June 2021: First working prototype (high fidelity) is developed and tested.
  • September 2021: Community impact assessment is done
  • December 2021: Commercialization and Submit the final report to d.School
  • March 2022: Silicon Valley Meetup and Project Presentation

An Innovation Portfolio

Design Space
Design Space
Project Objective
Empathy Map
Customer Journey
Design Sprint
Google Design Sprint
Activity - Story Telling

Project Name: Innovation Hub and Social Labs at NIDA Business School

A Technological Data-Driven Design Journey for Teaching and Learning Emerging Technology Initiatives

Project by Faculty Innovation Fellows Candidate Jongsawas Chongwatpol

Why is this project important to you, your department, & your Fellows?

Design thinking can be embedded in the learning processes and enabled in the context of any emerging technology initiatives in the classroom environment, especially in the proof of concept stage. MBA Students at NIDA Business School will need a practical view on integrating the mindset and toolset of the design thinking approach in the creative learning process as a case based in-class experience in dealing with digital disruption such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), or Business Intelligence.

I hope that the result of the Innovation Hub projects (the first & second phases) can serve as a teaching space with a guideline for coaching the design thinking team (me, our student fellows, and other faculty fellows) and, as a creative learning space for students, can be enlisted to help students frame their creations and that these practices have a valuable contribution as alternatives when designing curricula for teaching and learning any emerging technology initiatives.

The third phase focuses on the social labs where the technologies and toolsets are ready for social innovation where students will be on the fields such as communities nearby NIDA or remotely accessed communities where there are needs for helps. With partners from industries, funding support from governments, community involvement, and NIDA as a teaching and learning support, the social labs will form a quadruple helix platform for connectivity for creatively and innovatively promoting solutions to the social/communities.


The Innovation Hubs will be not only a space for the school to show case any new technologies such as robots, AI, Big Data technology, face detection, drone, AR, or VR, but also a creative space for students to creatively and innovatively learn how to apply those technologies to solve problems in real-life.

Once the technologies are in place (expected in 2021), a curriculum to integrate both design thinking concept and design-oriented information systems/technologies will be initiated.

The first project under Innovation Hub will be toward “A Technological Data-Driven Design Journey for Teaching and Learning Emerging Technology Initiatives”

This journey aims at providing guidelines for how alternative designs that emerge in the problem formulation stage of the design thinking approach are turned into prototypes in the proof-of-concept stage and are subsequently tested and implemented to reflect their proof-of-value and proof-of-use later.

The proposed data-driven design approach can serve as blueprint for structuring strategic thinking for emerging technology initiatives such as Big Data and AI through outlining five areas that form the building blocks of classroom environment.

  • Problem Space
  • Data Space
  • Analytics Space
  • Technology Space
  • User Space

In each space, students will be introduced with DT activities to help them frame their creations. For instance, the learning process in each space is iterative, requiring brainstorming, mind mapping, and idea clustering for exploring and comparing the possible types of solutions.

The second project under Innovation Hub is to create teaching and learning materials for non-technical background. For instance,

  • How to explain AI for non-technical background?
  • How to explain Big Data analytics to 5-years old kid?
  • How to teach analytics without coding?
  • How to explain AI using picture not mathematical models or statistics?

The third project focuses more on the social labs, as an action research or extreme affordability projects from d.School, by the integration (Quadruple Helix) of Government (Funding Support), Academic Partners (NIDA and Universities in the communities), Partners from industries (Innovation, technology), and Communities. Students in the design thinking related courses will have a great opportunity to work and solve the problem in the communities. The class project can be a process innovation (changing process without heavy investment), a product innovation, a technology-related innovation, or new business model innovation. The goal is to use Innovation Hub and Social Labs at NIDA Business School to test run the “proof-of-concept” stages, where the prototypes can subsequently be tested and implemented to reflect their proof-of-value and proof-of-use when the financial situations allow for communities.

Hopefully the contributions will be turned academically and practically, and all parties will get benefits based on their organizational strategies.

Stakeholders served

  1. Students: MBA students and students from other departments
  2. Faculty Members
  3. Communities, Government Agencies, Partners from Industries

Key Milestones

  • December 2020:
    • In the process of getting grants for investing on AI and other technologies
    • Rebuilding NIDA Hubs to support Innovation Hub and Social Labs initiative
  • March 2021:
    • Develop Technological-Data Driven Design Curriculums for teaching and learning for NIDA Business School.
    • Writing proposals for getting grants from government or private partners
  • June 2021:
    • Prepare design thinking activities and toolsets for non-technical background to understand emerging technologies such as AI and Big Data
    • Writing proposals for getting grants from government or private partners
  • September 2021:
    • Officially launch the DT
    • Technological Data-Driven Design course
  • December 2021:
    • Get Feedbacks from this new course
    • Writing proposals for getting grants from government
    • Students working with communities
    • Writing proposals for getting grants from government
  • March 2022:
    • Social Labs projects where students working with communities

An Innovation Portfolio

  • Technological Data Driven Design Curriculums
  • DT activities and toolsets used to cover the following “Technological Data Driven Design” spaces: Problem Space, Data Space, Analytics Space, Technology Space, and User Space

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