UFISA 2014 User-Centred Design for Innovative Services and Application


Aalto University

Contact details Eija Kujanpää,eija.kujanpaa(at)aalto.fi
Professor Marko Nieminen, marko.nieminen(at)aalto.fi
Budget€90 000
Duration 6/2014 - 12/2015
Academic field ICT-based Service Design
Funded since 2012


Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland
University of Lapland, Finland
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
University of Botswana, Botswana
Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia

Brief Description:

The UFISA project facilitates the development of joint education between universities in Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia) and Finland. The partner universities join their activities around an important multi-disciplinary area of education and development: user-centred design of information and communication services for communities. The main activites of the project include student and teacher mobility, intensive courses and network meetings. The initially two-year UFISA project was started in August 2012 and with the help of an extra 1,5 years of funding the project will continue until December 2015.

Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 8
Number of Student Exchanges: 7
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 1
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of Intensive Course(s):

"Live Design, Transform Life"
Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
3.-17.10.2014, 15 students, 6 teachers
The third intensive course offered as part of the UFISA programme will focus on imparting and applying a Participatory Design approach (PD) and service design processes within a community context. The aim is to engage with a group of unemployed youth, to build sustainable socio-economic services and technologies. Students, from four different countries, will examine their own study context and personal interpretation as a point of departure for the interactions with the community members. Principles of Participatory Design and innovation within a Living Lab approach will be acquired in a workshop, through conference presentations, and literature research. Upon a contextual and requirement analysis, the conceptual model will be presented and evaluated by an international audience. The students will then co-design with a group of unemployed youth from within the community of Windhoek and work on the process of service prototyping.

Website: ufisa.aalto.fi/en/