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Community service is still at a nascent stage in Pakistan and it would take time to make the idea more acceptable at an early age. Engaging students for community work is one of the ways where by this concept can be placed and grown. With this very objective, the Design for Pakistan team went to FAST-NUCES University in H-11 Islamabad on 15 Feb with a fast-paced design workshop structured around a local community issue.

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On Monday Dec 5th, seminar hall in academic block I of COMSATS, Islamabad was filled with over 70 participants seeking to learn and employ a systematic design methodology to solve a problem for their local community. The social challenge selected for this session was to design a solution for the alarming issue of Climate Change. Forest fires, ozone layer depletion, global warming are some of the examples of how Climate Change is affecting the entire planet and there is a dire need to have local solutions to this global issue. Participants already had a fair idea of the issue and were keen to brainstorm on the approach to counter the issue.

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SMME Seminar Hall, NUST Islamabad was packed with 250 plus students hailing from Business, Social Sciences and Engineering schools where the session on Human-Centered Design was about to begin. The session was organized by Design for Pakistan and NUST Community Service Club (NCSC) with support from the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan and the Fulbright Commission. Senior NUST faculty members and accomplished professionals from the industry graced the occasion with their presence. Mentors representing Design for Pakistan included Amna Mahmood, Senior Research Associate at CERP, Ibraheem Ahmed, CEO at GOAL Trainings, Ahtasham Rizvi, Project Manager at Croda International-UK and Ehsam Ullah, Founder at Pakistan Innovation Summit for Education.

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150 students from three engineering schools attended the design event in the NIT Seminar Hall at NUST, Islamabad on 25th Oct, 2016 organized by Design for Pakistan, a growing organization that promotes social entrepreneurship in young minds. The session began with an insightful lecture by the NUST Faculty Member, Ms. Maheen Mumtaz who threw light on the overall process of social entrepreneurship. She encouraged students to take risks and test their ideas in the field and cited examples of leading social innovators including Fiza Farhan, co-founder of Buksh Foundation, who brought solar-powered lights to 6,750 households across the country.