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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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Master's Programme in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University
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Live stream event, 5 July 2017, 11:00-12:00:

Dr Lorraine Ambole, Stellenbosch University alumna, will be talking on 'Co-designing energy communities with energ...y poor women in urban areas: case studies in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa'.

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