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iHub UXlab By Mark Kamau / March 16, 2013

Water Solutions For Local People: Ideation for Water


Despite having access to drinking water being a basic human need and right, there are thousands of people in the country who experience severe shortage of water. It is a complex problem, but one different stakeholders can pull together and figure out. iHub Research conducted a comprehensive research study that involved over 900 household to get the information on the challenges local people face around the issue of water. This information is gathered and well documented, but that is an important first step.

Together with the iHub UX lab, stakeholders from government, civil society, citizens and techies will come together and from the iHub UX lab go through a design thinking process on the basis of the research to ideate and come up with potential solutions to the problems.

What is design thinking?

 It is a process which will help the stakeholders systematically develop ideas for solutions to the challenges envisaged in the research while always anchoring the ideation and solution crafting process to the targeted users of the proposed solutions. Put simply, it is a solid ideation structure that allows for free and deep thinking within the context of the intended user.

The best idea will have the potential of being developed for the local communities and hopefully scale into a Kenyan born solution for a Kenyan problem.  This process takes research to the next level. It leverages research work for actual practical solution design, which is great for Africa. It gives Africans a firm basis for solving African problems and that’s exciting!

iHub Research and the UX Lab will be conducting this event in April 2013 from the 10th-14th. There are limited spaces available for this event, to participate,  please email






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Author : Mark Kamau

Mark Kamau is passionate about User Centered Design and the potential smartly designed technologies have to solve African challenges. He has over 10yrs experience in the multimedia space with regional and international experience. He is passionate about Africa, design thinking and technology in a global and localized, African context. He is the User Experience Lead at the iHub UX lab working with start ups, corporates and academics in the ensuring products built in Africa are user centric. He spends the rest of the time growing a user experience culture in Africa.

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