What attracted me most to this program was the unique approach in solving real world problems by applying both user centered design approaches and human centered design thinking methodologies. Being a student, I was a bit skeptical at first, as most of the other PBL innovation fellows are working class citizens in different respectable fields. However, with time I have come to realize that this is more of an advantage to me. Catherine Waigwe during
Nairobi has so far been the epitome of traffic menace. It is a niche that this city in the sun has coined for itself and unapologetically gripped firmly. The inhabitants have adopted this way of life, so has the government which has developed an ingrain habit of expanding the road network to encourage more cars into the already congested space. The ‘highly adored’ city matatus are a force to reckon with in this East Africa’s
Testimonies have been given of how the Kenyan startup ecosystem is filled up with ‘Compepreneurs’ – (people who pretend to be entrepreneurs but instead are seasoned competitors jumping from one pitch fest to another just to get prize money awards!) The ecosystem now reads from the same page and it has dawned to many that it’s time to get rid of this culture and focus on scaling startups. So, how can we achieve this? That’s
By Rodgers Otom Have you heard of the industrial revolution? What about the current education system? Until today, I never thought there was any connection between the two. However, it seems the twain have been in a relationship affair. It didn’t require a miracle for me to discover the link. A courtesy call on one wise man, Dr. Tonny Omwansa, director of C4DLab was all it took to ascertain this. Dr. Omwansa is a public
By Emmanuel Yussuf We wear an old and a new pair of shoes, walking in the past and the future generation. The world, mysterious as it has been, expects more from us and little have we to offer.  Inspirations from Uncle Sam, Steve Biko, Peter the Great, Fernando Torrez, all through the scope of young George Weah, showcase the roughness of the expectations ahead of us by our god Tom Hanks, expressed by his undersecretary the
A Claire Kanja Review “…the Design thinking process has in fact made me learn how to tackle real life challenges in a systematic manner…” My experience with the Problem based learning program with the C4D Lab has been amazing. When I first joined, I thought I was not attending the right program. However, during the introduction week, I was proven wrong and I am more than glad that I was. The classes of the program
Kundi la wanafunzi kutoka chuo kikuu cha Aalto kinachopatikana nchini Ufini, wataizuru maabara ya technolojia ya C4DLab inayopatikana katika bewa la Sayansi Asilia na Viumbe, Ndaki ya Nairobi. Wanafunzi hao sita ni miongoni mwa wanafunzi wengine ishirini wanaoendeleza masomo yao kwa mpango wa uvumbuzi katika maabara hiyo na watapata nafasi kujiunga na wenzao katika semina ya siku mbili. Baadaye, wavumbuzi hao, ambao ni jumla ya watu ishirini na sita wataelekea nyanjani ili kukusanya data kuhusiana
By Sonia Barasa The Innovation Fellowship program with the C4DLAB is an absolutely amazing opportunity to learn so many exciting lessons at once. The experience so far has been both magnificent and mind blowing, getting to learn so many insightful things about myself, especially my personality, becoming more aware of the person I am, while learning to express myself more boldly and clearly without fear. It’s a platform that for me has come in handy
The curtains are soon being drawn on the Making Innovators November/December Design Thinking edition, currently being held at the University of Nairobi’s, C4DLab. The two weeks double bootcamp today attained its peak. The kids have been empathizing, defining and ideating for quite some time. Today, it was time for the hands to get dirty, their cerebrum had to be tasked and products had to be produced. Having had two groups in the first week of
Hailing from an affluent society, a society where teens are pampered like infants, a group of young innovators currently undergoing a Design Thinking course at the University of Nairobi’s C4DLab, today got a chance to visit Kenyan rookery, Kibera. The name Kibera always surfaces in the news headlines for all the bad reasons; Electoral bedlam, Insecurity, poor sanitation, shanty housing, just to mention a few predicament the residents of this Nairobi’s overcrowded slum have to

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