Design Hackathon


When September

Where Kenya

  • Overview
  • 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 for the hackathons are: 

    07/09- 11/09- Nairobi, Kenya, Strathmore University

    14/09-18/09- Kisumu, Kenya

    28/09-02/10- Mombasa Kenya



    Design Hackathon is a 5-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 2021 edition, an African-European online hackathon program, with an aim to bring togetherhot 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 2021 edition- an online hackathon happening in December 2021.

    #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:

    When and where?

    The first design hackathon is happening in the beginning of September in Nairobi, Kenya at Pangea Accelerator.

    The next two hackathons are happening in September with the exact dates and locations announced soon.

    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.  


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

    More info for the EU:Africa 2021 online hackathon program:

    The program is organized in collaboration and with the financing of the Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation.

    The Mentors 

    Jaanus Sakkis
    Creative Director and Founder at Feks Design
    Jaanus Jagomägi
    UI / UX Designer at Vaim
    Kadri Kõivik
    Project Manager ∣ Member of the Board at Garage48


    Kadri Kõivik
    Project Manager │ Member of the Board at Garage48