Design Hackathon KENYA

When September 7th - October 2nd

Where Kenya - Nairobi, Kisumu & Mombasa

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Garage48 is coming to Kenya with a series of three design hackathons happening across the country in September 2021 - to empower the local talents in digital design and prototyping skills!

    The dates & locations for the on-site hackathons are: 

    07/09 - 11/09 Nairobi, Kenya, Strathmore University - APPLICATIONS CLOSED!

    14/09 - 18/09 Kisumu, Kenya - APPLICATIONS CLOSED!

    28/09 - 02/10 Mombasa, Kenya - APPLICATIONS OPEN!



    Design Hackathon is a 4-day workshop to learn the basics of design, user experience, branding, design and prototyping tools.

    During the hackathon the participants will learn:
    - visual design principles

    - user experience (UX) design fundamentals

    - how to listen and observe users

    - use basic design tools

    - branding fundamentals and insights into why people buy brands

    - real-world tips and tricks

    - a clear understanding of the principles and benefits of good user experience (UX) and how to apply it to your design

    - how to work in a team

    - pitching

    The workshop is built around the Garage48 hackathon format with team formation, checkpoints, mentoring sessions and pitching, led by Garage48 design and prototyping experts.

    Not just a hackathon

    Design Hackathons in Kenya are a part of the EU:Africa They Journey, an African-European online hackathon program, with an aim to bring together hot digital heads from both continents and kick off new businesses that could contribute to the wellbeing and digitalization of both continents.

    Top teams that will come out of the design hackathon will get a straight pass to the EU:Africa They Journey online hackathon we are currently planning.

    #euafricathejourney 2020 edition brought together over 2000 participants. 200 best teams were formed, out of which TOP20 continued in the post-hackathon acceleration programme and received small grants in the total amount of 100 000 euros. This years #euafricathejourney is going to be just as awesome, so don’t postpone your journey of becoming an entrepreneur and apply now:

    Who can attend?

    We’re calling all inspired minds to take the chance to develop their basic digital design and prototyping skills and enter the technology and entrepreneurship field.  
    30 participants are accepted to each hackathon.


    Register to the design hackathon as an individual or with your team here:

    COVID-19 safety measures are provided and applied at the hackathon according to current needs and restrictions.

    More info for the EU:Africa the Journey online hackathon program:

    The program is organized in collaboration and with the financing of the Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation.
    The design hackathons are  organized in partnership with Pangea Accelerator in Nairobi, Lakehub in Kisumu and Swahilipot Hub in Mombasa.

    DAY 1, Sept 14th

    Introduction / Brainstorming / Why

    08:30 Morning tea

    09:00 Opening words

    09:15 What do people know about design

    09.30 Workshop #1

    10:30 Presentations of WS1  

    11.15 Artist vs. Designer / What is a Good Design?

    12.00 Lunch

    13.00 Workshop #2 - brainstorming

    14.00 Figma basics

    16.00 Day ends

    DAY 2, Sept 15th

    User and value propositions

    08:30 Morning tea

    09:00 WS#3

    10:00 Pitching ideas & team formation

    11:00 What will be the result of the Hackathon / target of today (validating idea)

    11:30 Teamwork and mentoring sessions

    12.00 Lunch

    13:00 How to validate your idea (mom test, pain-gain / market fit)

    13:20 Teamwork and mentoring sessions continue

    14:00 Checkpoint - show your value propositions

    14:30 Important information & wireframes

    15:00 Day ends

    DAY 3, Sept 16th

    Product & tools / Bulletproof (W)

    08:30 Morning tea

    09:00 Checkpoint & what’s the situation

    10:00 Pitching & presentations WS

    10:30 Tools for prototyping

    11:45 Questions to ask when you start with the project

    12.00 Lunch

    13:00 Teamwork and mentoring sessions

    15:00 Pitch Drills

    15:45 Q&A

    16:00 Day ends

    DAY 4, Sept 17th

    Branding and UI, finals

    08:30 Morning tea

    09:00 Checkpoint & Pitch drill

    10:00 Design principles

    10:20 Understand the true idea of branding and why people buy brands

    10:40 Teamwork and mentoring sessions

    12.00 Lunch

    13:00 Teamwork and mentoring sessions continue

    14:00 Final presentations

    15:00 Award ceremony

    15:30 Wrapping up

    16:00 Day ends

    The Mentors 

    Jaanus Sakkis
    Creative Director and Founder at Feks Design
    Jaanus Jagomägi
    UI / UX Designer at Vaim
    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO ∣ Member of the Board at Garage48
    Gerardo Garcia Diaz
    Product Manager at Comodule, Co-founder of Skyrocket Your Team, Lead Mentor at Garage48


    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48
    Jonas Tesfu
    Co-Founder and CEO at Pangea Accelerator
    Joan Mwangi
    Program Coordinator
    Karen Wairimu
    Communications Intern at Pangea Accelerator
    William Odenge
     Business Development Lead at Lakehub
    Purity Akoth
    Communications Officer
    Sylvia Soita
    Accountant at Lakehub
    Mychelle Ojuang'
    Administration Officer
    Mahmoud Noor
    Founder and Executive Director at Swahilipot Hub Foundation
    Zuhra Shariff
    Head of Administration at Swahilipot Hub
    Ziri Issa
    Head of Technology at Swahilipot Hub
    Arafat Mukasa
    Assistant Head of Technology
    Balqees Yasin
    Assistant Head of Administration

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