GLOBAL DESIGN FOR UNICEF CHALLENGE LAUNCHES IN ZAMBIA

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5The Global Design for UNICEF Challenge is launching at BongoHive in Zambia in October 2014, along with universities in five other countries around the world. The Challenge is an academic design competition coming out of the UNICEF Innovation Unit that engages students in local problem solving and global collaboration around pressing global problems. The topic is Connectivity – How might we improve access to information, opportunity, and choice for the most marginalized people in the world?

It is part of a portfolio of UNICEF programs – including the First72Hours Challenge – looking at the potential for large open challenges to drive scalable, local innovation. Students become part of an international network of problem-solvers working with UNICEF to develop solutions that have far-reaching impact.

How does it work?

The competition takes place on a dedicated online platform, www.unicefchallenge.com

During four stages of project development and evaluation, teams are guided by UNICEF colleagues and mentors to apply key principles and tools of the user-centered design process to their projects. The winning teams have the opportunity to work more closely with UNICEF and its network of partners to incubate and test their project. Read more

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Insaka with Angelika Huwiler | September 23rd

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Join us for another thrilling talk at this month’s Insaka with one of Zambia’s top female entrepreneurs,Angelika Huwiler, on the 23rd of September at Cairo Road Protea Hotel. To attend this event, please register here.

Angelika Bio smallAngelika Huwiler is Founder and Managing Director of Foxdale Court Office Park and Chairperson of the Zambia Fashion Council.

Angelika has a BSc in Applied Business Management from Imperial College London and a Masters in Fashion Buying from Instituto Marangoni. She has previously worked at Prada and Erdem in London, and Edun in New York.

At the peak period of the construction of Foxdale Court Office Park, which spans 4,500sqm, Angelika managed a team of 150 staff. She currently has 42 staff employed. Angelika has a strong interest in environmental sustainability and Foxdale Court has been built as the first green commercial building in Lusaka, with a waste management system, energy efficient appliances and a rainwater harvesting system. Foxdale Court was completed in July 2013 and was officially opened by His Excellency, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda: the first President of the Republic of Zambia. Read more

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Meet the Web Industry | September 16th

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“Hello, world!” The sound of that probably gives you a hint on what’s coming next. At this month’s “Meet the Industry” we are featuring Developers who’ve been practicing their skills in web development. What are some of the opportunities and challenges for the developers in Zambia? Is technology the future of Zambia’s development? Come and listen to a discussion with some passionate web developers as they share with us their stories.

Meet our panelists:

Regina Mtonga

10603724_10203830533395158_4333287161023871225_n-001Regina is a 26 year old web developer who studied computer science from the University of Greenwich. She is a 2014 SETAfrica fellow and is passionate about web development, and recently android app development. She has also recently found another strength in business and has decided to marry this skill with her computer skills and is currently another Bsc in Business computing from RDI University.

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Yost is a creative young entrepreneur based in Lusaka, Zambia. Having accomplished his first venture 3 weeks after completing high school, he set out on his dream of becoming an entrepreneur that makes use of his creative ability and prowess at identifying business opportunities. In light of his ambitions, he developed his visual arts talent into graphic design and later taught himself how to develop websites -an ability that he now uses in his company, Webworx Ltd.

Marcia Wachira

IMG-20140815-WA0017 (1)-001Marcia is a freelance designer, a consultant with a great passion for design and has a BTEC National diploma in graphic design. She has 7years of experience. She’s a very versatile designer with a proficiency in numerous areas of practice including graphic design and web design. Her first goal is to wow you with the professionalism and talent she employs to complete a project. Her secondary goal is to just have fun with whatever it is she creates, be it a crazy colorful brochure, or a clean and crisp magazine layout.

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Ronald is an Analyst by day and Web Developer by night with over 7 years’ experience in Web and graphic design with a huge emphasis in front end design. He’s love for combining aesthetics and content is his drive to see beautiful websites online. In 2007, Ronny Founded 360nx Designs; a Web Design agency based out in Lusaka. Ronny has managed to land countless gigs in the web space including the United Nations Country Team, the Olympic Youth Development Centre, Capital Christian Ministries International and a lot more other brands, just to mention a few.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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