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"Learning Journey to Silicon Savannah" (Jan-29 to Feb-1 2018): we recently partnered with two Austrian firms (Ecotec and Identitater) to organize a learning journey in Nairobi for Austrian and German delegates. We started off at UoN, where we had talks from: Konza; Keninvest; Career connections ltd; CBiT. In the four days of the journey we also visited: Safaricom; Tunapanda institute; Pawame; ihub; Nailab; BRCK; Nairobi Garage; Eastleigh mall; National museum; Strathmore busi...ness school; iBiz Africa; iLab; KCIC; Confucius Institute - UoN; Kibera; German industry and commerce in Kenya; and the Austrian embassy. Of course we couldn't leave out a talk by the guru on digital transformation in Africa: Dr. Bitange Ndemo. In between we had lots fun; drank craft beer; ate local at Mama Oliech and Amaica; got stuck in Nairobi traffic; saw lions at the park and made good friends! Look out for our publication on this wonderful journey! #Siliconsavannah #LivinglabUoN #DigitalAfrica

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Glad to partner with Ecotec and Identitate Austria to organize a Learning Journey for Austrian and German delegates: 29th Jan - 1st Feb.

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The Kampala design thinking workshop was a highly participatory event that engaged participants in a mix of creative activities. The overarching aim of the workshop was to find common interests and ideas on how to support sustainable urban development in the region.

Dessert; Reflections; Jokes; Champagne; Gifts; Laughter, lots of laughter! I love the food!
Strategy; Catching up; Let's dance! Competition; Happy holidays, I'll miss you!
To 2018! Big plans; The Living Lab! Research; Collaboration; Hard work; Work hard! Enjoy life; Make a difference.
(Living Labbers celebrating the year in style! Not necessarily in the order above 🤣)

Our very own Ck Nelson represented us at a workshop titled:
"Creating an African Transdisciplinary Research
(TDR) Network". The event took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa at the Sustainability Institute from 29 November to 1 December 2017. It brought together researchers from across
Africa to share perspectives, experiences and ideas and to identify opportunities and actions to formally create an African TDR Network. It was organized by START and hosted by Centre for Complex Systems in Transition of Stellenbosch University.

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The post-truth era makes it ‘critical that social scientists defend the values and institutions of free science, evidence-based knowledge, the critical mind and open society’, says ISSC President Alberto Martinelli, in a new article out this week:

The future of science depends on collapsing the barriers that restrict our ability to respond effectively to today's global challenges, according to two new art

Co-DEC policy Seminar: On 9th November 2017, we brought together 27 participants from Mathare informal settlement, National Ministry of Energy, Nairobi County Health departments and various research institutions to discuss the connections between energy-health-housing policies in Kenya. We had a great day of presentations, group discussions, contentions, laughter and delicious food. Co-DEC is a LIRA 2030 project. Michael Munene Betty Karimi M Ck Nelson Christer Adelaide Lilac Osanjo Kareem Buyana International Council for Science (ICSU) #LIRA2030 #TDknowledge #Designthinking

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Amollo Ambole added 4 new photosfeeling so ICSU! at Regent Taipei 晶華酒店.

Taipei! Getting ready to present our LIRA 2030 grant research work at ICSU general assembly.

LIRA 2030 PROJECT SITE VISIT: So on 10th October 2017, Jackie Olang from NASAC (Network of African Science Academies) paid us a visit in Mathare settlement to see the work we have been doing with community members. Community leaders, householders and energy service providers spoke about their learning experience of working with researchers to address the energy-poverty issues in the settlement. The researchers spoke about the opportunity (and challenge) of researching in a setting as opposed to merely theorising in labs and lecture halls. Jackie spoke about the aim of LIRA 2030, which is to ensure that research is informed by beneficiaries and policy actors. All in all, it was a great day filled with fun, laughter and serious discussions! (NASAC is the fund manager for LIRA 2030 program. The program is implemented by the ICSU-NASAC-ISSC consortium and funded by SIDA).

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Design boot camp for Merck Accelerator startups in Kenya: 19-20 of September 2017 in Nairobi.

Alongside Prof. Falk Uebernickel from University of St. Gallen, our very own Julia C. Kamuiru from the Living Lab had the opportunity to train 3 startups: Coolfinity, Wellthy and SophieBot.

The startups (2 international and one local) are in the fields of Health care, life science and performance materials with a digital perspective. With the intentions of internationalizing their bu...sinesses, the teams were taken through a Design Thinking exercise on how to carry out rapid research, understand customer needs, test and iterate their products.

The participants loved the DT exercise and recommended it as an enabler of rapid innovation and growth.

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#Designthinking to tackle the #energyhealthnexus challenge:
We had a great day co-designing on the 15th of September with a diverse group of participants from #Mathare informal settlement, alongside officials from the National Ministry of Energy and from the County offices in charge of Public Health. We also had an environmental expert and our very own design experts from the Living Lab.

Our aim was to prototype ideas for sustainable product-service-systems for energy prov...ision in Mathare informal settlement. Mathare is one of the oldest informal settlements in Nairobi that is characterized by inadequate household energy provision, leading to poor health outcomes. We were therefore keen to have a #transdisciplinary session, in which the needs and aspirations of Mathare residents are embedded within the wider policy dialogue, and informed by both indigenous and expert knowledge.

The workshop was facilitated by Christer Adelaide, and was part of the larger CO-DEC (Co-designing energy communities) study led by Dr. Amollo Ambole and funded by the #LIRA2030 program.

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We are learning so much from each other in our collaborative research on the energy-health nexus in informal settlements in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. The participating research groups are: The Urban Action Lab (Makerere); uMAMA research group (Stellenbosch); and the Living Lab (University of Nairobi). The two-year study is funded by #LIRA2030 and led by Dr. Amollo Ambole.

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Some amazing moments from the Kampala Design thinking workshop in Uganda. The participants were capacity builders dealing with sustainable urban development issues in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. We organized the workshop with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. #designthinking #urbanchangeEA Robert-Bosch-Stiftung

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