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Impact Week 2016

After a successful last year, we're happy to hold this year's Impact Week Nairobi from July 4-7. Once again it will be take place at African Nazarene University, where we're excited to meet students with great ideas, creative energy and an eagerness to make things better.

The registration is open for everyone, the number of participants is limited to 105. It takes place at Africa Nazarene University – Ongata Rongai Campus – P.O. Box 53067, Nairobi.

Are you as excited as we are? Sign up now!

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Like last year, we are focusing on core areas which affect daily life in Kenya: mobility, finance, agriculture, education, and healthcare. In addition, this year will see tracks on security and lifestyle & cosmetics for the first time. Participants are invited to work in teams to generate ideas, create prototypes, and develop business models for their ideas.

Our coaches will be assisting participants in using the design thinking tool kit effectively to quickly generate robust business ideas. Over the course of four days, the teams will work on understanding problems in our focus areas, generating ideas to address these, building prototypes for their solutions, submitting these to rigorous tests, and developing business models.

At the end of the week, teams will be pitching their ideas and competing for the Impact Week Awards. Winners will receive not only prize money, but also support from the ANU incubator to help make their ideas reality! 

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There's no better way to motivate people than by seeing and hearing how others have succeded. That's why we'll be joined by several high profile speakers, who are happy to inspire and guide this year's participants, share their stories and provide insights. Stay tuned for updates on speakers!

This year, seven very experienced Design Thinking experts will act as senior coaches and moderators to lead each track. Junior coaches, who will support individual groups and people from other areas round out the group.

Here's what Impact Week 2016 will look like:

Agenda Impact Week 2016


Check out this page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on progress! To participate in Impact Week 2016, sign up here via Eventbrite. For ANU students and alumni, it's free!

Moderators 2016

Adrian Engelbrecht

Adrian Engelbrecht

Food & Agriculture

Research associate and PhD candidat at Technical University Darmstadt with a focus on Software Business & Information Management

Impact Week offers great possibilites to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Kenya.

Alexander Grots

Alexander Grots


Independent innovation consultant. Alex ran IDEO in Germany and set up the School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, Germany. So far he started 5 businesses. More or less successfully.

I'm looking forward to be your host for the mobility session.

Angela Haas

Angela Haas


Human Centered Design Expert at Swisscom. As part of the design:transfer network, she is involved in promoting interdisciplinary design studies

In every challenge lay chances, let`s be creative together!

Anita Sehagic

Anita Sehagic


Co-Founder at innovation consultancy INNOKI, Design Thinking Coach, Zeitgeist and blue-sky ideation lover

Do what makes your eyes sparkle!

Michael Kogel

Michael Kogel


Design Strategist at SAP SE and co-founder at Xplain-Data GmbH

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.

Lena Rothlübbers

Lena Rothlübbers


Lena is a consultant in digital service design at PwC, where she focuses on user experience design.

Move fast, break things - and always challenge the old ways.

Theresa Ried

Theresa Ried

Lifestyle & Cosmetics

Consultant and design thinking expert at Accenture. Besides her project work, Theresa is passionate about driving forward innovational topics.

I am very happy to be part of the Impact Week 2016. We will have a great time all together!