Cooperative Project - Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation

SOINNO Design Education

The Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (DISI) is organising the SoInno Design Education programme, which introduces social innovation and design thinking into the secondary school education curriculum. It aims to nurture secondary school students as social innovators and complement the STEM education with social and humanitarian dimensions.

The programme provides a design thinking methodology and a set of interactive tools that contribute to a constructive and proactive learning environment for senior secondary students. In light of this, DISI aims to build an inspirational space and surrounding facilities that provide a creative ambience for the programme.

Students kicked off the nine-week project with an extensive research plan and a community engagement plan, which served as guidance to enhance the overall SoInno programme. Students then designed data visualisation tools for the programme with themes such as “Design Making” and “Design Playing”, with the aim of inspiring different thinking methods under the categories of inspiration, ideation and implementation. Other design ideas include a sponsor souvenir, stationery tools, staff/student badges, and a T-shirt and tote bag.

Students also developed an interlocking modular furniture system to inspire creativity in secondary school students. Unlike traditional classrooms, the varied furniture settings allow participants to be innovative and creative, and are fit for design making and design thinking purposes.

Finally, students worked on the spatial design with the idea of providing a flexible and sophisticated learning experience for the participants, taking into consideration circulation and the user perspective. The designs transformed the existing space into a Design Thinking and Making Space, and included an exhibition space and an outdoor area.

The research plans and design concepts developed during this project were licensed to DISI for further development of SoInno Design Education, and the aim is to launch the programme in late 2019.

Participating students include —

Communication Design Year 4 students

HO Jacky, LEE Nicole, SO Wai Yan Victoria and WAN Yuen Wing Alice

Environment and Interior Design Year 4 students

CHAN Chi Hin, CHAN Wai Sum, HO Vernon Wai Lun, WEI Jit Long, YIU Yim Wa and YU Pik Kei

Product Design Year 4 students

CHAN Ka Man, CHENG Hiu Wai, WONG Man Wai and YIU Yuen Lam Christy

Social Design Year 4 student

WONG Tsz Yan

Project Tutor —

Horace Pan, Assistant Professor
School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Work-integrated Education in PolyU brings students together with real-world clients both inside and outside the classroom. Students’ fresh ideas, energy and passion lead to exciting opportunities for clients and collaborators. 
The Cooperative Project is undertaken as a compulsory subject in the first semester of students’ final year of study. Collaborators ranging from commercial enterprises to government departments and non-profit organisations work together with tutors to come up with design briefs that meet the needs of their target audiences.