About Nairobi Design Thinking School


C4DLab is one of the University of Nairobi’s Innovation hubs that operates, among other initiatives, a multi-disciplinary technology accelerator (Africa Technology and Innovation Accelerator – AfTIA) that incubates technology driven startups. AfTIA admits startups founded by students, faculty, alumni and friends of the University of Nairobi.

The larger innovation community has learnt that solutions that put the user at the centre of product development have much better chances of succeeding and becoming sustainable.

C4DLab, working with partners has established the Nairobi Design Thinking School (NDTS), whose aim is to build a large community of innovators who are user -centric conscious when developing their innovations.

NDTS runs a number of learning-by-doing programs targeting passionate individuals who want to create solutions to challenges in society. Some of the innovations from the from the NDTS programs will be absorbed into AfTIA.

Design Thinking for IoT


Design Thinking

"Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success."
— Tim Brown, IDEO President and CEO —

Internet of Things

ITU defines Internet of Things (IoT) as a  network of physical objects,devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

IoT technology is being applied in Media, Environmental monitoring, Infrastructure management, Manufacturing, Energy management, Medical and healthcare systems, Building and home automation, Transportation among other areas translating to improved efficiency, accuracy as well as generating economic benefit.

Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of more than 50 billion objects by 2020.

Program Goal

The goal of the Design Thinking for IoT program is to develop user centric sound startups that can be absorbed into the growth stage of accelerators. They must develop a clear business plan with a tested and validated business models, including a clear sense of the customers, the unique value proposition, suppliers, cost structures, revenue streams and the key partners.


The participants admitted are expected to attend 2 days a week of training (Monday and Tuesday) for a total of 7 weeks. It is expected that the startups will allocate additional time in the course of the week on their projects. C4DLab will avail a lab where startups can work on their projects during the entire period. For this course (Design Thinking for IoT), Nairobi Design Thinking School will admit up to 30 participants, organized into 10 startups. The first cohort will begin on 22nd February, 2016.

course modules

Business Modelling

Design Thinking, Value Proposition,

Customer Centricity, Business Model Canvas etc

IoT technical skills



Business Development

Business Plan, Minimum Viable Product,

Validated Prototype

Course Date Details

close of call for admission

12th February, 2016


Commencement of Program

22nd February, 2016



5th April, 2016


Facilitators & Mentors


Stuart Campo

Senior Innovation Deployment Specialist - UNICEF

Minu Kumar Limbu

Information Management Specialist (Innovation Lead) - UNICEF

Fredrick Omondi

Software Engineer
Intel Corporation

Tonny K. Omwansa, PhD

Head-C4DLab; Senior Lecturer
University of Nairobi

Peter Ndiang'ui

Country Manager and Sub-Sahara Africa Expansion - OLX

Norah Maki

Academic Partnerships Lead - UNICEF Innovation Unit

Diana Gitiba

Operations Director - SoftAge Adept International



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