Nairobi Design Week 2016 Event Recap

Nairobi Design Week 2016 began with a design thinking workshop through different stops on a matatu thanks to Think Place Nairobi, followed by pre-launch happy hour with our festival openers; Mr. Mugendi K. M’rithaa (President of the World Design Organisation)  and Abbas Jamie (Director of Aurecon). Next stop was an opening ceremony that brought together designers and design enthusiasts from all over the world to network, spectacularly lit by only Sun King solar lamps.

Following after was three days of engaging the local community in design workshops and conversations,arts and design reviews and even competitions. Starting of at Kibera, masses of people joined Kounkuey Design Initiative yearly activation,#TujengeKibera which we have partnered with, to in many ways raise awareness on the impact design has, thus encouraging everyone to participate in finding new and innovative ways to solve everyday challenges. Sun King were again present showcasing their solar lamps on the edition #TujengeKiberaNaSolar. We were then at  the Undugu Community School in Mathare for two days of workshops. SLUMFIGHTERS International teamed up with local law firm, Known Afrique LLP to demonstrate the way they empower communities legally, spatially and socio-economically through a Human entered design approach, combined with architecture and law.

We were then in an auditorium the next day, conversing on the topic ‘Human Centered Design as an approach to solving problems locally.’ The panelists were a group of different industry leads, whom have employed the approach in their work.They first gave inspiring presentations on their work approaches which made for an intriguing exchange between the panel and the audience.

The top up was a social design market that saw artisans who make hand-crafted accessories,high end furniture, Motor cycles and even live demonstrations of 3D printing amongst the diverse array of exhibition stands.

This year was a total success! We want to give a special thanks to all those who supported us throughout this journey: attendees, volunteers,collaborators, speakers,hosts,partners and of course our sponsors.

Read more about the year here.



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