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iHub By Mark Kamau / April 5, 2013

User Experience For Universities


As part of shaping iHub culture, we are asking ourselves what we can do to make the community better. The areas the iHub UX lab is concerned with are user experience design and playing a part in developing the UX culture in this region. This means helping teams and individuals develop tools and products. In addition to learning techniques that honestly focus what they design on actual problems people care about and want solved.

One of the main constraints I keep hearing from CEOs and people trying to set up companies here is the lack of talent. Guess what, this talent needs to be developed and it is a fallacy to expect it to simply be available without effort.

Developing talent is an obligation for all of us

It is for this reason that the iHub UX lab has began an outreach series in the universities, beginning with University of Nairobi. We have begun a series of user experience classes for students from 1st to 4th year students. The idea is to have these young talent developed from an early age before their ways are set. Hopefully with this kind of effort the quality of these guys in enhanced making better contribution to the ecosystem.

My challenge to you: Is there a way you can help build Kenyan/African talent? Are you in a position to provide opportunities to young people to learn in your company or from you? It is in the end, an investment in your companies’ future.

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.

  • Muthuri at 18:04:14PM Friday, April 5, 2013

    Iam a student at UoN and I would like to join the UX classes. where and when do you have them? We are building Knowledge sharing platform for universities called Shakili for share akili. Check @Joinshakili on Twitter.

  • Moffat Ngacha at 12:52:56PM Monday, April 8, 2013

    This is a great initiative. I’m a Computer Science student at Egerton University, and would love to see this extended to other universities outside Nairobi.


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