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Project ISWEST 2015

Organized by: John Kotey

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BENEFITING: Nsesa Foundation

CAUSE: Project ISWEST 2015 (Aug 17, 2015 - Sept 5, 2015)

Program Overview

Project iSWEST (Innovating Solutions with Engineering, Science and Technology) is an annual summer program in Ghana organized by Nsesa Foundation. It’s primary aim is to get high school students solving problems by inspiring them to be creative, equipping them with the requisite tools, soft and hard – basic science, engineering and technology (SET) – skills, while coaching them to develop innovative solutions to problems in their communities.

Project ISWEST 2015 is a solution-focused, 3-week workshop for 30 high school students in Ghana. It is our goal to attract at least 15 girls to this workshop in line with our mission of getting more female participation in STEM. The 30 participants will form 6 teams each consisting of 5 members to work on their respective projects. Each group will choose to work on a project from these 5 categories:

  • Agriculture
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Transportation

Each group will receive active coaching through the innovation process - problem identification, solution building, prototyping, and business plan development and project deployment.

Donations

$30: Your donation of $30 will provide free daily lunch for one participant for the entire duration of the workshop.

$100: Your donation of $100 will cover problem identification and market survey for each team.

$500: Your donation of $500 will enable a team to build a minimum viable product/prototype.

$1,000: Your donation of $1000 will provide basic electronic components and software packages to support active product development by all teams.

$3,000: Your donation of $3,000 will cover the procurement of a 3D printer to support full prototyping by all participating teams. The 3D printer will be available all year long for use in one of Nsesa Foundation's ISWEST Labs after Project ISWEST 2015 is over.

Project iSWEST 2014 in the News

We run a successful program last year. For more info, check below:
http://newsghana.com.gh/nsesa-foundation-ends-project-iswest/
http://www.ists.dartmouth.edu/news/boateng.html
http://engineering.dartmouth.edu/magazine/service-to-society-spreading-engs-21-1/

Project iSWEST Alumni in the News

Our alumni have already began making impact in Ghana. For more info, check below:

http://www.nsesafoundation.org/meet-princess-allotey/
http://www.nsesafoundation.org/keziah-narkwor-george/
http://leversinheels.tumblr.com/post/115675895417/innovation-in-stem-keziah-george
http://www.myjcr.com/news/ucc/1859-myjcr-ucc-team-member-among-top-30-young-ghanaian-achievers
http://www.nsesafoundation.org/meet-eric-vondee/

Team Nsesa

George Boateng, Dartmouth College (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
John Kotey, Columbia University (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Isaac Sesi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Electrical Engineering)
Victor Kumbol, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Pharmacy)
Maurice Gorleku, University of Cape Coast (Medicine)
Peter O’Hara, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Computer Science)


Additional Info
Checkout out our website: http://www.nsesafoundation.org/project-iswest/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/project.iSWEST for more information about Project ISWEST 2015.

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