FINAL DAY! TAKE A LOOK AT THE FINAL DAY OF THE ‘MAKING INNOVATORS KIDS EDITION’ SEMINAR

It’s been a nice journey making the next generation of innovators and we are all excited about the progress made so far. The young innovators are loving their stay at C4DLab and how they are mixing fun and learning in one space. Well let’s look at the various activities the kids went through today.

Activity 1 : Working in groups to prototype.

Team ‘Juventus’ working on their prototype toy car.

Based on their ideas formulated in the previous day, the kids went into ‘getting their hands dirty’ to prototype a moving toy car that doesn’t use electricity or batteries and doesn’t need to be pushed to move. Different groups came up with different models of toy cars with a vision of creating the lightest toy car possible that can move the furthest.

Activity 2: Testing Prototypes.

Team ‘Daring designers’ testing their toy car prototype.

After building on their prototypes, it was now time to test their prototypes, a time to put a 3 days hustle into test. One lesson everyone at C4DLab carried home was the desire from the young innovators to improve on their prototype. All the 3 groups created different models of toy cars basically using the principle of converting Potential energy into Kinetic energy by using air pressure. How they did this? Using balloons! Yes just balloons and the cars would move. The top speed car went all the way to 4 meters away!

Activity 3: Pitching

Team ‘Daring Designers’ staging their pitch.

One of the skills the young innovators learned during the 3 day seminar was the basics of presentation. These skills were to help them in staging their pitches to an audience of parents, mentors and Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) officials.

The 3 groups took up the stage and made their pitches. You are probably reading this wondering whether the kids actually hacked this. Yes they did! Credits to their mentors. Everyone in the room went silent to listen to under 10 year olds tell their stories of how they used the design thinking approach and applying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to solve the ‘April 2019 Design Thinking Challenge’ which they actually did!

Parents were overwhelmed by the way the seminar had transformed their children so fast that they could think of problems affecting the society today and even ideate towards solving them. What do we say? Probably ‘in design thinking everything works’

HERE IS A LOOK AT DAY 1 OF THE APRIL 2019 ‘MAKING INNOVATORS’ KIDS EDITION SEMINAR.

Well well well! It’s day one of the April 2019 Making Innovators, kids edition seminar and so far things look extremely good. The young innovators now have a background on design thinking, they have learned to work in teams, how to solve a problem using the circular design approach and already know how to sympathize with the user. Nice progress right?

Here is a look of how their day was.

Activity 1: Building the tallest tower possible that can hold an egg using straws and tape.

Young innovators building a tower using straws and tape.

The children went trough the first activity of the day which was meant to kick-start them and open up their minds on how they can employ creativity and use circular design by maximizing the available local materials to design and create solutions. This activity was done in groups. Different towers came up, some were weak, others were strong but the lesson for the activity was ‘Everyone wins and in design thinking everything goes.’

Activity 2: April 2019 Design Thinking Challenge defined.

Dr. Tonny Omwansa defining the ‘April 2019 Design Thinking Challenge.’

The second activity was an introduction of design thinking in the context of the April 2019 Design Thinking Challenge. Dr. Tonny Omwansa stated that the kids will create a toy car that moves as far as possible without batteries or being pushed. This concept was inspired by children who live in poor families in the slums of Nairobi and can’t afford modern toy cars to play with. The young innovators would then ideate within this challenge.

Activity 3: Empathy explained and Staging a User experience skit.

Young innovators staging their skit on empathy and user experience.

The young innovators regrouped after a session with Shelmith to stage a skit on empathy and user experience. This activity helped them answer the questions the user of a product would ask. Using the empathy map and persona, the children perfectly defined empathy in relation to design thinking.

Well, it’s a wrap for today. The children have learned a lot and the energy is overwhelming. The teamwork and number of ideas coming up from these children is overwhelming! We can’t wait to see how they handle the definition and ideation phases tomorrow.

‘MAKING INNOVATORS’ KIDS EDITION OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

Dr. Tonny Omwansa the director of C4DLab has today officially launched the ‘Making Innovators’ programme at  C4DLab. The ‘April Design Thinking’ kids edition seminar which will run from 17th to 19th April 2019 is set to be the 1st of its kind.

The 3 day design thinking seminar, is part of the Making Innovators programme which is aimed at creating the next generation of innovators. The second edition will be in August 2019 during the schools holiday break. The programme targets children of age 6 to 12 years.

The young innovators are set to solve real life challenges experienced by their peers and fellow children who are disadvantaged because of poor backgrounds. The innovators will be working in the context of the April 2019 Design Thinking Challenge of  “building a toy car that moves as far as possible without batteries or being pushed”

The children will undergo a 3 day seminar that will involve learning how to be empathetic with the user, defining a problem, ideating, prototyping and testing. As part of the learning process, the children will be guided by mentors throughout their 3 days experience. They will also have fun sessions and energizers in between to help them recollect and brainstorm.

 

BIG BREAK: C4DLAB TO UNDERTAKE A DESIGN THINKING SEMINAR FOR CHILDREN

C4DLab is set to undertake a flagship design thinking seminar for children aged 6 to 10 years. The design thinking seminar is set to launch the young innovators into the basics of design thinking and its principles while solving a defined problem in the context of the ‘April 2019 Design Thinking Challenge’ The programme is dubbed ‘Making Innovators’ Kids Edition

The young innovators are set to solve real life challenges experienced by their peers and fellow children who are disadvantaged because of poor backgrounds. The innovators will be working in the context of the April 2019 Design Thinking Challenge of  “building a toy car that moves as far as possible without batteries or being pushed”

The children will undergo a 3 day seminar that will involve learning how to be empathetic with the user, defining a problem, ideating, prototyping and testing. As part of the learning process, the children will be guided by mentors throughout their 3 days experience. They will also have fun sessions and energizers in between to help them recollect and brainstorm.

Let’s see how this goes.

NAIROBI INNOVATION WEEK ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR STARTUPS PARTICIPATING IN NIW 2019

The Nairobi Innovation Week secretariat has announced an exclusive package of benefits for startups participating in this year’s Nairobi Innovation Week Startups’ programme.

The Top 6 Most Promising Startups will receive the following package;  

  1. Exclusively pitch to potential investors, partners and customers at the Nairobi Innovation Week PitchFest on 14th June,
  2. Become the face of Nairobi Innovation Week,
  3. FREE publicity and interviews from the media,
  4. Sponsorship to the main event,
  5. FREE exhibition booth,
  6. Receive training, coaching and mentorship and
  7. An entrepreneurship scholarship from a leading training institution in Kenya.

The Top 30 selected startups will receive training, coaching and mentorship then pitch to a panel of judges. In addition to this, they will also receive free publicity and a chance to meet with potential investors.

The Top 100 vetted startups will be trained, coached and mentored before pitching to a panel of judges. They will also receive free publicity.

The call for startups is live at startups.niw.co.ke. Startups can apply and update their profiles on the NIW.Startups online portal for consideration in 2019. Startups with existing profiles on the NIW.Startups portal will only need to update their profiles if they wish to participate in 2019. Startups in early stage and growth stage are eligible.

NIW 2019 will be held from 10th -14th June at the University of Nairobi Great Court. Participating startups are set to connect, learn from mentors, coaches and peers alongside being discovered by potential investors, partners and customers. Participating startups are expected to complete creating and updating their profiles and those of their team members for selection among the top 100 startups.