ARE YOU KENYA’S NEXT DISRUPTOR?

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CampBuni is about the Now and the Future of Kenya. We are challenging bright young people to think about sustainable creative ways to solve the most challenging issues in their communities and come up with next gen solutions that will disrupt how things work. By empowering students with the creative freedom to design way into the future, we lay a fundamental foundation for national development.

*Buni- swahili for innovate.How: The Design thinking and entrepreneurship camp for teens aged

How: The Design thinking and entrepreneurship camp for teens aged 13-18 year olds engages students to brainstorm critically about solutions in their own communities and come up with innovative solutions to solve these problems. The camp, taking place at the iHub from 17th-21st July, is one that will convene students from both  British and Kenyan (IGSCE and KSCE) curriculum and have a 5 day crash programme on design thinking and core entrepreneurship skills. The students/participants will learn about current successful entrepreneurs and approaches they took and get mentorship advice—even past the camp—on how to transform their ideas into scalable solutions.

The programme will embrace a STEAM theme(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) approach. During the summer camp, students will engage with some tools and games like Arduino, Makey Makey, and  empathy exercises like the blind-fold Arrow and Cogwheel game to aid in learning of the creative process.

During the programme, participants will be challenged to come up with ideas and develop them along the programme’s five-day timeline.

CampBuni’s set objectives/goals for this camp are to:

1.       Have participants merge academic concepts taught at school with design thinking skills introduced at the camp to develop real life innovative solutions to problems faced in today’s world.

2.    Have participants be in a position to generate ingenious solutions from scarce resources.

3.    Outstanding confidence presentation/delivery skills of their projects solving different problems

4.    Exposure to seed-funding opportunities to grow innovative projects into fully fledged social ventures solving today’s and tomorrow’s problems as well as opportunities for higher learning to advance them.

5. Instill a solid entrepreneurship and design thinking platform for the participants that will come in handy.

6. Introduce open source prototyping toolsg. Arduino and Makey Makey kits that they will use even past the camp to prototype their solutions.

 

At CampBuni, we are not only interested in generating solutions to big problems. We believe important change can happen on small scale; even the biggest projects begin with small steps. The most important change a country can achieve—something CampBuni looks forward to inspire—is towards a creative and innovative mentality. CampBuni is about that proces!

The campBuni team leverages the fact that yes, there is a widespread need to supplement the framework captured in the Kenyan curriculum with social entrepreneurship and design thinking skills, and as such facilitating sparking of creative and sustainable solutions through a strong supportive platform.

Application of these skills learnt will enable effective replication and re-thinking of some of Kenya’s and the world’s biggest soutions. Most importantly, CampBuni promises groundbreaking ubiquitous and feasible innovations in the Kenyan innovation space that will address pressing needs in the their local communities, having a special focus on technology, energy and agriculture.

The camp, taking place from the 17th-21st July at the iHub will cost Ksh. 4,000. This cost covers for snacks and food for participants, materials that will be used by the participants, tooling fees, giveaways and certificates to the participants. Apply now!!

To book a slot fill in this application.

To sponsor a student or spaces fill in this form.

For more information/inquiries about campBuni contact us at events@ihub.co.ke with the subject line CampBuni.

 

 

 

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SLAYING CODE FEAR

By Oduor Jagero

I have always wanted to code. Or at least know what code is trying to communicate when I see it.  The ability to know what a div does and what bootstrap accomplishes has gnawed at me for about eight years now.

Let me put that into perspective. Even though my background is writing, I run a company called Komedia (koamedia.co.ke)  and the founder at summit.cmsafrica.org. They are both in the area of Tech. So imagine a guy who has found one of the biggest tech events in East Africa and ran a tech company doesn’t know jack about CSS and HTML. Don’t even talk about Javascript and other languages.

So when my clients bring me that something has crumbled on their site (which my company built), I have to call a worker, and if he is unavailable on the phone, I have to go on my knees and pray that something gives.

Well, mostly something gives. But at times, I get worked up and end up feeling like a fool. So for the last several years, I have toyed with the idea of learning these things. But like a teenager in the middle of a dark street, I have been immobilised by fear – the intense fear of learning code.

I paid a subscription at lynda.com thrice, but each time I started looking at the mix of red and green anchor tags and other dark-and-mean looking things, I would just give up and look at my subscription expire before my eyes without learning anything. I thought of doing something different; looking for someone to teach me or joining a brick-and-mortar school, but fear – damn fear. Fear is crazy, fear is bad.

What did I do next?  I retreated to where fear had condemned me.

I had heard of Moringa School a few years before. But I am a busy guy. I travel a lot and have meetings all the time. I did not have the time to get into a boot camp sort of life. And I did not want to create that time. Surely that is not my life; that is the life of boys and girls who have just finished school. And even when I sat my first class and looked around – at boys who had just finished high school – I hated myself for getting into this. I almost quit when our technical mentor Moses Okemwa stood before us and gave a pep talk about the course that we were going to start in a few minutes.

My first morning at Moringa was surreal. It reminded me of my first day in high school. Moses Okemwa is a funny guy; he tried to make us feel good. He did not allay my fears. But he us told that all is possible  – if you believe.

That day, I wrote an HTML document from !DOCTYPE to the last HTML tag. I ran it, and it smiled back at me on Google Chrome. I spent the first week playing with CSS, the colour codes, rows, containers and all the crazy stuff I have seen online schools.

By the end of the week, I felt free, free from the fear of code, free from my unbelief. And the fact that I could get under the computer hood and hide in the terminal and do magic and things pop in the name of folders, files, and push them to a  remote server, has been exhilarating.

Moringa Prep will come to an end in under two weeks. I am not going out of this school a pro – no far from it. But something revolutionary has happened to me. I am a new person. I am going away believing that a foundation has been put down, a formidable foundational brick has been laid and going forward, I will continue putting them bricks one by one. I know I will reach the ceiling and shatter it on my way to the sky.

Yoga and IT

Copy of Newton KamauBy Newton Kamau, Moringa Core Student

I love bringing the experience of yoga to programmers. As a developer and yoga teacher, I find many parallels between the journeys of coding and yoga.

For starters, my first yoga class was a whole new experience, the teacher would call out yoga poses, and I had no idea what it meant or how to even do it, so the best I could complain the minute I got into the pose. My first day at Moringa I remember the teacher talking about things that were so new to me. Github, reports and such like words scared me for the better part of the first week.

As a Yoga teacher, I believe the way I show up on the mat reflects how I show up off the mat, despite the struggle of catching up with the content and working on the independent projects. Yoga is always challenging and demanding; This is in terms of efforts and concentration, same thing and remembering the phrase “where your eyes go, your energy flows” it guided me to stay focused.

The way Moringa School teach was a new experience learning new concepts weekly and applying it on our IP was just like going to an advanced yoga class, learning a new pose and practising it through till  I am able to teach it to my students. The moment I started to grasp a few things here and there, I was able to flow with the content just like mastering the yoga sequence and knowing how to do things on my own.

As yoga is about community, at Moringa the same applies through what is called “forced interactions” though officially it’s pair programming where you work with your partner. It will help you come to an understanding as you may be better or worse than your partner just like you will find in a yoga class. I have been able to work with people at different levels and abilities and the dynamic way people handle their businesses so as to say.

A yoga teacher is there to guide you get in and out of the pose while you do all the work and sweat it all out. Unlike other learning institutions, where we have a teacher walk in and give you “theories”, at Moringa the same applies in that there are technical mentors who help and guide you through what you should cover while you learn how to work almost on your own.