The NIW narrative has always been about innovation, innovation, and innovation. We can define innovation as a new process or idea that yields the desired result. Most innovations yield this result that may appear normal in delivery but in essence, they are not normal. One of the slogans any person running for office world over is ‘CHANGE’. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle but gorgeous at the end. Change requires you to
13 years from now, where will you be? The year is 2030, most governments have set out goals and objectives they want to have met by then. They will want to review whether they met the set goals and set out new ones. The Kenyan government has not been left out either and we have our very own Vision 2030. C4dLab is set out to build an innovation village at the Chiromo campus where innovators
They say “there is nothing new under the sun,” however, innovators world over develop new products, companies release new products every so often. In context, there really is nothing new under the sun, just a modification or a new way of doing things since the need for products and services remains fairly constant but trends change. Take for example Kenya, the largest telecommunication company and the largest bank in regard to market share can be
Harold Nelson, co-author of The Design Way famously said, “Design is the action of bringing something new and desired into existence—a proactive stance that resolves or dissolves problematic situations by design. It is a compound of routine, adaptive and design expertise brought to bear on complex dynamic situations.” C4DLab recognizes the potential in design thinking and we have set up the Nairobi Design Thinking School (NDTS). The NDTS has been conceptualized by C4DLab in partnership
The founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on the 20th July. Over the few years, the country has been graced with the big fish of the world. We were host to the former president of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama. Like goods conveying through a belt in a factory, Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook), a few months ago, followed suit. Kenya is indeed a hub of innovation in its own
It starts slow like a forbidden habit you never know you have grown into and before you know it the voice inside you becomes real. At first, you feel it deep in your bones that you are meant to fully commit yourself. Your hobby becomes your passion which in turn (for some yet to be understood reason) transforms into a way of generating income. The plan is all laid up, not only will you excel,
Becoming a successful entrepreneur in Kenya requires one to have a certain vibe that flows from them. Here are some of the traits I believe are essential when it comes to entrepreneurship: Patience – According to Google, patience is having the capacity to tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. Being an entrepreneur, the last bit of the statement above might be relative depending on your temperament. Most times, being humans, we
In most countries, the number 2030 carries with it a hefty tag. It holds a vision, the year that most countries will become economic powerhouses. Achieving this vision serves as great motivation to most people especially the youth within Africa. It is estimated that there are 1 billion people on the continent with the majority being young people under 35 years. This fact combined with time and other factors provide a key reason why achieving
When looking at the stories told by women with disabilities, we realised that violence was a recurrent theme, something women could potentially face on a daily basis. What we also recognised is that this violence was vicious and deep, meaning that it took numerous forms and shapes. We read a number of stories about mistreatment, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and discrimination. We also read various stories of abandonment, rejection and stigma. Charities also need to
When looking at the stories told by women with disabilities, we realised that violence was a recurrent theme, something women could potentially face on a daily basis. What we also recognised is that this violence was vicious and deep, meaning that it took numerous forms and shapes. We read a number of stories about mistreatment, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and discrimination. We also read various stories of abandonment, rejection and stigma. Charities also need to