The 21st day of August, 2019 marked the third day of the second edition, Design Thinking for kids challenge held at the University of Nairobi based Innovation hub, C4DLab. With the Empathy, Definition and Ideation stages of Design Thinking having been covered by the kids in the first and second days of the boot camp, it was an opportunity to progress to the more advanced stage – Prototyping stage.   Led by the various mentors
Day two of the Making Innovators August 2019 Kids Edition kicked off in a slightly higher gear than the first day. The kids were rejuvenated after a wonderful introduction into the Design Thinking stages and the August challenge – the solar oven. Unlike in day one where the kids covered the Empathy and Definition stages, day two ushered in the technical part of the challenge which consisted of the introduction to the Physics of Energy
The second edition of the Making Innovators Kids boot camp kicked off on the 19th day of August 2019 at the University of Nairobi’s Chiromo campus based C4DLab. The five day event was aimed at inculcating the innovation culture into the minds of children between 6 and 14 years old. The children underwent intensive training and mentorship to finally come up with a solar oven which they pitched to their parents on the final day
The University of Nairobi through the C4DLab and strategic industry partners has opened applications for the 2019/2020 cohort of the University of Nairobi Innovation fellowship. The year-long prestigious Innovation fellowship program is aimed at giving 15 select fellows an opportunity to solve real-life local problems while applying the 21st century 4Cs skills and explore human-centered design thinking methodologies. The fellows will interact with a community of leading innovation experts from various industries and join a
In Kenya non-motorized transport is the most widely used mode of transport. In Nairobi, about 60% people walk for their daily trips. Despite being the dominant mode of transport in Kenya, NMT is least considered in transport planning and investments. The majority of road infrastructure investments in Kenya are channeled towards building roads to facilitate efficient movement of vehicles as opposed to movement of the majority of road users who in this case are pedestrians
Most investors shy off from investing into the mobility space because they believe it’s not profitable or per herpes there are no ‘good’ avenues of generating money. You will be shocked to read this, Kenya’s Mass transport sector is worth Ksh 200 Billion (US$2B)! That sounds ideal for investment right? Each and every day we wake up to news that so and so has launched an app, but how many innovators are getting into the
What is Nairobi’s main mobility challenge? Well, we may not be able to agree on this but we can all agree that it’s a mess! In most African countries, car ownership is considered an up-grade from mid poverty levels to a higher class. In Nairobi, they call it ‘Driving class.’ The desire to achieve this status has seen Nairobi become a mess with thousands of car owners driving themselves to work everyday. In most cases,
Who is the number one global champion of Sustainable Urban Mobility? Well you may have your opinion but one thing is very clear, GIZ is literally on the wheel of the sustainable urban mobility agenda. Find out why. In Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, innovative ideas addressing real life challenges in urban mobility didn’t have a space! GIZ through the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) luckily came through and intervened. Good news right? Setting up of
Let’s begin by flashing back to May 2018 when C4DLab was presented an award to implement the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Startup Accelerator. Being one of the flagship projects of the TUMI Global Urban Mobility challenge of 2018, the acceleration programme was meant to facilitate sustainable urban mobility innovations by offering mobility startups and innovators technical and financial support towards solving urban mobility challenges in African cities. So has this been achieved? Let’s find
GIZ, Make IT in Africa and C4DLab brought together the Kenyan Startup Ecosystem players at the Nairobi Innovation Week to convene Kenya’s 1st ever Startup Ecosystem Forum. The forum held on 11th June saw different ecosystem players including startups, enablers, academia, government and investors come together in a joint bid to support the growing ecosystem. It goes without saying that digital entrepreneurship is the driver of digital change in Africa. The African Startup Ecosystem in