ICE2018@STC – Sponsored by an Old Boy

ICE (Innovation Creativity Entrepreneurship) Program – Intensive Workshop on Design Thinking and Innovation for Thomians

Conducted by: Professor Suranga Nanayakkara Singapore University of Technology and Design BEng (NUS, Singapore), PhD (NUS, Singapore), PostDoc (MIT, USA).

When & Where: January 19th 2018 at Esoft Metro Campus Colombo 04

From 8.15am to 7.30pm (lunch and refreshments provided)

No of Slots: 25 participants (Competitive Selection – based on Answers given to a Questionnaire using the below link)


Who can Apply – All Local and London A/Level Students of STC

Deadline & How to Apply – Apply using the below link and submit on or before 12th January 2018. The selected candidates will be informed by 15th January 2018.


At the end of the Program, 01 Participant will be selected where he will either be given the financial/mentoring support to commercialize the innovative idea or he will be given an all-expenses paid educational trip to Singapore where Prof.Suranga will expose him to the Innovation Eco-system in Singapore.


The Program:

The workshop will focus on active learning and hands-on introduction to concepts and skills of creative thinking, entrepreneurship and leadership from a multidisciplinary approach. It will offer a fresh perspective for participants across disciplines to learn and apply design-thinking skills in a hands-on learning experience. The objective is to help students to appreciate, understand and apply design innovation in their efforts to identify and solve problems that impact positively on people’s lives. The workshop integrates essential skills and mind-set of innovation with design methods including problem formulation, teamwork, creative ideation, and prototyping techniques. Participants work in teams to formulate and complete the full cycle of an idea to innovation. A similar program done at MAS can be viewed on;


Learning Outcomes;

(a)Ability to apply fundamental principles in design thinking to solve problems, (b)To identify and apply design methods and advanced prototyping techniques, (c) To Contribute to a team as a member/leader of a team and (d) To Demonstrate a change in mind-set and attitude


Workshop Overview:

A one day intensive design innovation workshop from 8.15am to 7.30pm.

  • Warm up activity, why we do what we do?
  • Team Forming & Team Challenge
  • Introduction to design brief & expectations
  • Forming a problem

10.10am-10.20am: Tea Break

  • Reframe problem/problem statement
  • Idea Generation
  • Idea Selection

12.30pm – 1.15pm:Lunch

  • Prototyping: What do prototypes prototype?
  • Pivoting & if now X what’s next?
  • Prototyping
  • How to Pitch your ideas

4:00 pm- 4:15 pm: Tea Break Prepare for 3-min Pitch

  • Continue to prototype
  • Setup demos

6.30 pm: Final pitching, Reflections/questions + muddy cards
7.30 pm End


After submitting your Application online, kindly give your name to the Subwarden and please contact Subwarden should you require further details.



About Prof.Suranga Nanayakkara

Assistant Professor at the Engineering Product Development Pillar ( of Singapore University of Technology and Design ( Before joining SUTD, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Fluid Interfaces group, MIT Media Lab ( At SUTD, he directs the Augmented Human Lab ( to explore technologies for enhancing sensory and cognitive abilities of humans. His academic work over the past three and a half years at SUTD generated over 50 peer-reviewed publications in most prestigious academic conferences, 9 patents, one spin off company and many interactive installations, and demonstrations. There has been significant media visibility in both local (Straits Times, Razor TV, etc.) and international (Time Magazine, Discovery News, Engadget, TechReview, Associate Press, etc.) With publications in prestigious conferences, demonstrations, patents, media coverage and real-world deployments, he has demonstrated the potential of advancing the state-of-the art in Assistive Human Computer Interfaces. For the totality and breadth of achievements he was recognized as a young inventor under 35 (TR35 award) in Asia.

Check the following link on Prof.Suranga’s talk at INK Fellow 2016 on ‘humanizing technology’