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6 reasons why you shouldn’t miss Nairobi Design Week 2018

1) Boost your career

If you’re wondering what to see at Nairobi Design Week 2018, Careers in Design will be the first event of its type in Kenya. It’s a day dedicated to connecting talent and opportunities.

There will be design job opportunities from Bluesky Innovations, portfolio workshops by ArkAfrica and Orkidstudio as well as guest speakers, agencies, studios and educational institutions. A day full of learning, sharing and networking, which aims to close the gap between the industry and those looking to make their first (or later) steps in design.

2) Walk inside a refugee shelter

A rare opportunity to see inside a product which profoundly impacts lives. Better Shelter Foundation will be exhibiting the new version of their award winning refugee shelter. They’ve provided shelters to tens of thousands of refugee families around the world and the new version improves upon the first design in a number of significant ways.

3) See the Future of Design in Kenya

Starting on Monday 19th at the Kenya Cultural Centre Gallery, you’ll be able to see the process of how plastic is recycled and made into products by Precious Plastics, with additional live demonstations and 3D printing on locally made printers. The Future of Design exhibition will bring together the organisations making it possible to create a whole value chain out of waste.

4) Recycle your electronic waste

Nairobians will learn how they can impact the environment by recycling electronics, which contain pollutants and should be disposed of carefully. The WEEE Centre, Nairobi is the most established electronic waste processing facility in East Africa. There will be electronics collection bins at The Alchemist Bar and Kenya Cultural Centre throughout Nairobi Design Week 2018, where you can drop off old electronics and learn what will happen to them during the recycling process.

5) Learn about design thinking from world class Kenyans

The work being done at Nairobi Design Institute, Kenya’s first design thinking school, will be showcased at Careers in Design. We’ll learn about the journey of the first cohort, who are about to graduate after a year of live client projects, field work and design studio time, incubated by Dalberg’s Design Impact Group.

6) Try out virtual reality's many uses

Black Rhino VR are the Kenyan experts in the creating virtual reality content and will be demonstrating their work at Careers in Design with hands on experiences available to visitors.

Aurecon are our headline sponsors, and this year at Afrika Design will be hosting an incredible workshop introducing Digital Visualisation in Engineering Design, with live demonstrations and a group discussion about its applications. You can follow them throughout the festival with the hashtag #DhanaBunifu

Something for design professionals and design tourists

There will be something for everyone at this year’s festival, with weekend events at The Alchemist and weekdays at the Kenya Cultural Centre. The above list is just a small snippet of Nairobi Design Week 2018. You can find the full schedule, register for events or buy tickets through Mookh for Careers in Design and Afrika Design

Nairobi Design Week 2018 is taking place on 18th-24th March. We’re excited for the festival and hope to see you there.

If you’d like us to attend your event, contribute or be featured, please contact us and we’ll be excited to share your story.

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