Inspired by the previous evening’s event, more than 20 people attended an interactive design workshop on Tuesday. Placing the human-centered design and lean start-up at the forefront, staff from the Accelerator challenged entrepreneurs and WFP staff alike to think through novel approaches to providing aid in emergency contexts. Participants were asked to put themselves in the shoes of communities struck by disaster; what tools could we provide to help people get back on their feet? Several rounds of feedback and iteration were concluded with a pitch style feedback session to a panel of WFP field experts.
Some of the ideas included:
- A harvest app for farmers that provides tips on planting and preserving crops and harvests;
- A kitchen that provides a livelihood opportunities for local people who work to transform food waste into new dishes;
- Airships – or blimps – for emergency food drops in the most remote, hard to reach areas.