by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Chavez Procope, hosted a five week long Product Design workshop in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Procope was born and raised in St.Kitts but resides in the United States. He is a Product Designer at Meta, the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Procope hosted the 5-week workshop which shared information on introduction to product design and its importance in today’s increasingly digital landscape. According to Procope, the aim of the workshop was to build on homegrown interest in product design and show the pathway for those interested in a career building digital products that enhance the lives of citizens and residents in the Federation.
Over the course of the five weeks, for three hours each night, the participants were engaged in sessions where they worked towards a better understanding of the various challenges associated with transportation and healthcare in the Federation and how they can use product design to address those challenges.
The Product design workshop ended on Saturday night, August 13, where students presented their design solutions at a showcase held at the CUNA Conference Center in Basseterre. They addressed access to public and private transportation as well as the digitization of healthcare in the country.
A group referred to as “HelpCare” won the best product design in the healthcare category, whilst the group “Ketch” won best product design in the Transportation category. Each member of the winning groups received EC $300 courtesy Shop Express SKB and The Cable- St. Kitts.
Procope congratulated the winners and has also extended gratitude to all participants for displaying exceptional work ethic in creating their digital products. He expressed his delight in the fact that the participants had no experience upon attending the workshop, but made significant advances in just 5 weeks.
Procope said, ” We hope you’ve acquired a new set of skills and an understanding of what it means to be a Product Designer. To those on the path to become full-time Product Designers, we can’t wait to see what you do next!”
Procope also mentioned that he will be working with some of the participants over the next 12 months to help them grow their skills and build a portfolio, which is to provide them an opportunity of receiving their first gig as a product designer.
Meanwhile, Procope expressed pleasure in the support received from the audience who was present to witness the various product designs on the final night.
He said, “I also appreciated seeing everyone that came out to support the students and the initiative. We hope that you too have learned a thing or two about Product Design and continue to spread awareness of the field as a potential career path. We look forward to doing this workshop again next year!”