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    Posted: 11 November 2014

    Workshop by Roy Ombatti

    at Age of Wonderland

    There is a need for a sustainable solution to the water problem in Osiligi as well as other parts of Kenya. The people who live in this region are typically the Maasai who are a pastoralist community. The arid conditions do not allow for growing of food. In addition to the water transportation issue, the water quality is also an issue. Another challenge with regard to the water is a suitable storage system.

    The Challenge
    The aim of the workshop is to generate ideas of prototypes of appropriate technology solutions that could be used to solve some of the problems that arise from the water problem. The issue in itself is very vast and broad so the teams are free to decide on what aspect of the water problem they would like to tackle and then address that during the workshop.

    The curriculum of these sessions is based on the International Development Design Summit (IDDS), an intense, hands-on design experience that brings together people from all over the world and all walks of life to create technologies and enterprises that improve the lives of people living in poverty.

    The issues and project example that are used in the workshop are based on real projects and challenges, such as water storage, transportation, and sanitation in the rural communities in southern Kenya. The feedback and data collected might be utilized to develop a design toolkit.

    During this workshop participants will discuss and develop innovative technologies and approaches. The teams will be guided through the design process, starting from the initial problem framing, idea generation, experimentation, sketch modeling, concept selection and prototyping fabrication. After dinner, participants will share their ideas and outcomes during the Baltan Open Labs.

    About Roy Ombatti
    Roy Ombatti, Nairobi (Kenya), is an engineer connected to the artists’ collective Creative Garage in Nairobi. Passionate about the use of technology as a way of realizing a sustainable impact on society, Ombatti has developed specially designed shoes for people with a foot disfigurement caused by a disease. At Age of Wonderland during Dutch Design week last month, Ombatti researched and continued the project 'Happy Feet' to find sustainable solutions for footwear and the jigger issue in his home country, Kenya. Read more about Ombatti and the Happy Feet project on the Hivos webpage.


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