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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 20, 2012

Weekly Design Thinking Workshops


“Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

Design thinking and user experience are rising forces in Web and software development. UX designers have skills, not roles. So how do we win with user experience here at the iHub?

Starting next week, we’ll begin a weekly design workshop  and discussion, facilitated by designers Tosh and David, to explore what design thinking means here in Africa. How do we get the entire community, everybody, on board with user experience design? Let’s start a dialogue sooner rather than later about how designers conduct research and user testing to improve the overall user experience.

Over the course of three weeks, sessions will explore how to conduct design research, the definitions and meanings behind experience design and the principles underlying service design. We seek to demystify concepts such as information architecture and introduce the community to UX research in preparations for the opening of UX Research Lab come June

The sessions are open to 10-15 individuals passionate about design who seek to increase their knowledge about subjects such as user experience, information architecture, and service design. We will begin with research and end up by sharing models and methodologies.

The sessions are scheduled every Monday for the next three weeks beginning 23rd April 2012. The sessions will begin at 5.30 pm at iHub Research.

Please email David or Tosh for more details.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • David Peter Simon at 09:32:41AM Friday, April 20, 2012

    I think the first design session is being held Monday at 5:30Pm in the Boardroom :)

  • Eugene at 14:11:09PM Friday, April 20, 2012

    Looks promising! I will make a point to attend.


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