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ABOUT US

The Learning Innovation Design Lab is a not-for-profit initiative that was launched by Formula D interactive in 2014. The goal of the project is to find solutions to problems within the context of education here in South Africa, and beyond, by bringing together designers, technology partners, learners and teachers, whilst creating a showcase and testing space for existing innovation.

 

Education and formal learning need design and creative thinking in order to bring innovation to the system that has, over the last few decades, largely proven unresponsive to urgent educational needs and technological opportunities. The world of technology is growing at a rapid pace, but most schools don’t have the resources to keep up. We believe youth should be empowered by learning coding and design skills at an early age.

 

Game Lab is the current initiative of Learning Innovation Design Lab; an 8-week long, after-school program that teaches children how to design, develop and program their own video games using an online tool called Scratch. To some, choosing to teach video game design may seem like an out of the box idea, but the process actually reinforces educational outcomes and helps the students develop their English and storytelling skills, mathematics and logic competencies and improves social awareness and other interpersonal skills.

 

 

 

OUR TEAM

Solange Rosa

Solange Rosa

Executive Director

Solange is an independent consultant and is working with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. She has a Doctoral degree in Law from the University of Stellenbosch. She worked for the Western Cape government for 10 years as the head of the Policy and Strategy Unit, responsible for policy analysis, research, policy and strategy development and planning. She was responsible for the Youth Development Strategy, the Early Childhood Development Strategy, the 5-year Provincial Strategic Plans, amongst other provincial plans, policies and strategies. She has expertise in constitutional law, human rights, public policy, strategy development, management of complex projects and teams, and programme design in socio-economic development. She is passionate about education, youth and technology.

Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf

Director

Michael is an interaction designer with a passion for education. In 2007 he established Formula D interactive, an award winning design consultancy specialising in the design of interactive learning environments for museums, showrooms or corporate visitor centres, using cutting edge multimedia technology. Following his ambition to improve the formal education sector using technology and design, he cofounded the Learning Innovation Design Lab in 2014. Michael studied Design at Cologne International School of Design (KISD) and École Nationale Superieure de Création Industriélle [ENSCI], Paris, France. After his studies he joined MARS – Exploratory Media Lab at the Fraunhofer Institute of Technology, to work on experimental human-computer interaction focussing on immersive media spaces and tangible interfaces for computer-enhanced learning. Wolf received several international awards including the prestigious IF Design Award. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on technology for education and Interaction Design and guest lecturer at Koeln International School of Design.

Marco Rosa

Marco Rosa

Director

Marco Rosa is a managing partner at Formula D interactive and has a passion for technology, education and gaming. In his position as Managing Director he gets the chance to work with teams of super talented experts in all of those fields to create solutions that impact people in a meaningful, positive and FUN way. He is also the co-founder of the Learning Innovation Design Lab.

Lelothando Bokuva

Lelothando Bokuva

Game Master

Lelo is passionate about youth development and has been a facilitator in a number of youth after school programmes in Hout Bay over the past five years. He first explored coding through a course offered by UpForAll and the Hout Bay Partnership in 2015 and was selected as one of the most committed learners to continue his programming training with UpForAll in Langa. His combined skill set in basic programming and youth facilitation made him an excellent candidate to introduce Learning Innovation Design Lab into Hout Bay’s High Schools in 2016. Lelo is currently pursuing furthering his studies in Business Management whilst continuing to support our learners to discover Game Design and Coding!

Rustum Soeker

Rustum Soeker

Game Master

Rustum is a storyteller and creative writer with a certificate in digital media. He has also studied Game Design and Animation for two years and explores bringing these skills together in creative projects. Rustum was born in the pre-console era and experienced the radical development of online media, gaming and information technology as he grew up. He has always been comfortable around information technology and feels strongly that ICT should not be a privilege limited to few, as it offers opportunities that transcend class and spatial divides.

Ashley Newell

Ashley Newell

Programme Manager

Ashley is a seasoned Community Development Professional, with 8 years experience delivering successful and sustainable projects in complex, socially charged contexts. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology, she has a particular passion for youth development, education, and connecting under resourced communities to new technologies. Ashley is pursuing her Masters in Inclusive Innovation at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

 

 

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