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Africa’s 1st ‘Design Lab’ launched in Kigali


2017 Fellow Bosun Tijani, together with the Rwandan Minister of Information & Communications Technology and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, have launched the ‘CcHUB Design Lab’. The launch event took place on 14 February 14 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The design lab is an extraordinary leap in Africa’s growing tech sector, and is set to become a leading creative and collaborative space between its multidisciplinary team of product designers and engineers, and scientists and stakeholders globally. They will be on a mission to explore the application of emerging technologies that will solve Africa’s systemic problems in public health, education, governance and the private sector. The first partner joining the Design Lab will be the Rwanda Biomedical Centre.

Bosun, who is the Founder and CEO of the Co-Creation Hub - or as it's better known, CcHUB - said that the design lab is about bringing design into the way public agencies and large corporations think about the implementation and use of technology to solve significant problems in the society.

Additionally, CcHUB’s expansion into Kigali comes at a time that aligns it with Rwanda’s growing appetite for collaborating with world-class partners and establish itself as a leading destination that nurtures innovation-driven enterprises

The event also hosted other esteemed guests such as the Director General of Rwanda's National Industrial Research & Development Agency, Kampeta Pitchette Sayinzoga; the CEO of AC Group Rwanda, Patrick Buchana Nsenga; and the Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center, Jeanine U. Condo. A special guest was Bez, who graced the occasion with live musical entertainment. Bosun’s 2017 Tutu Fellowship classmate, hip hop artist, MI Abaga, also attended the launch of this US $11 million venture.

The launch included CcHUB’s announcement of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre as its first local company to partner, joining the likes of Go-Ga Lab, Nimcure and Safe Online.


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