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Creative Talks, Events, networking
We are back from the Creative Talks Africa break hosted by KQ x Design Hub Kampala. These talks are curated in such a way that they foster Creative conversation and give a safe space for the Creative community to network, collaborate, share ideas, seek mentorship and have fun.

This month, on the theme of “Compassion & Curiosity” we are excited to be hosting Liz Kamugisha – Founder of Ngoma Jam Sessions Liz is a co-founder and drum circle facilitator of Ngoma Jam Sessions, which is a Community Drum Circle that meets every month for drum therapy, in Kampala Uganda.

Ngoma Jam Sessions was created as a safe space to release the stress of everyday life and bottled up emotions that we are not so open to discussing verbally, due to culture and stigma, through the structure of drum therapy and collaborative music creation.

Liz has hosted group drumming sessions with focus on mental health and the many scientifically proven therapeutic benefits of drumming, for 3 years, and has worked with various groups, ranging from corporate wellness retreats to young children with disabilities at developmental centers.

She aims to establish a structure which can be replicated in each town or village center, where drum troupes are able to hold drum circles for their communities, and apply this indigenous form of therapy, to encourage more community inclusion, harmony and wellbeing through using art as therapy.

NOTE: This is a FREE event. There will be some Coffee, Beers, BBQ– on sale.

Events, Learning, networking
Gignite is a monthly workshop style event for Freelancers in Kampala.

This time we host the amazing @Aaron Musoke of Premier Advertising and Our Mystery Chef.

Both have successfully used the internet to get their gigs going.

They share heart to heart with us. Once the sharing is done of course you get to hang out with other freelancers and get your networks growing too.

Grab a fellow freelancer and let’s meet at Design Hub on 5th Street Bugolobi Industrial Area

Events, networking, workshop
The pressure is on in Uganda to get more youth and women involved in the coffee value chain, starting with farming by using smarter agronomy practices, as the country looks to increase production to an ambitious 20 million bags by 2025.

But in the race to get there, Uganda’s path is littered with hurdles, the first of which is that of an ageing workforce on the farms. The average age of a coffee farmer is 60 years, according to the 2015 Sustainability of the Coffee Sector in Africa report by the International Coffee Organisation.

This is in spite of over 80 per cent of Uganda’s population still being under the age of 30 years while the country’s median age is in the teen years.

“Youth exodus to urban areas has created a shortage of labour because the old people do not have the energy to farm,” said the executive director of Uganda Coffee Farmers Alliance Tony Mugoya.

For now, most young people who are engaged in the coffee sector prefer the tail end of the value chain, doing jobs like marketing, branding and brewing of the beverage, rather than work that requires them to get their hands dirty to produce the coffee in the first place.

“We have not done enough to involve the youth; we need to fully empower them. As they come in, they should learn how the entire coffee value chain work since they need relevant skills to take coffee production to another level” (Source: Trade Mark East Africa/ The East African)

As a response to this challenge several Coffee Youth Initatives have been started by various stakeholders in the sector.

We will have presentations from e.g.Café Africa, Kyagalanyi, Ugacof, HRNS, YLA and Nucafe as well as youth stories and experiences from the field, alternated with videos, and thematic group sessions around themes such as Resources (financial, knowledge), Communication / social media use / marketing, Communication between youth & company, Expectations of youth, Gender, Education levels, Access to land and sustainability of the programmes.

Objective of workshop

Share lessons learned from the various youth initiatives that are currently ongoing in the coffee sector (+ possibly some other youth initiatives in the agriculture sector at large) and jointly identify what works and what doesn’t work. Identify what went well so that processes and techniques can be replicated Identify what didn’t go well so that other projects or future initiatives don’t make the same mistakes.

8.30 Welcome & Coffee
9.15 Youth Initiatives presentations
10.15 Field Stories from youth
10.45 Teabreak
11.15 Youth Initiatives cont.
12.15 Field Stories
12.45 Lunch and video
14.00 Marula research findings
14.30 Thematic breakout groups
15.30 Teabreak
16.00 Groupwork Do’s and Don’ts
17.00 Wrap up
17.30 Networking drinks + presentation of illustrations

Creative Talks, Events, networking
Uganda’s comedy Industry has come a long way from the olden days and we as Creative Talks Africa in this our July edition want to explore its evolution. We shall have a small comedic panel to help us explore not only their journey through the comedy industry but to map out its evolution throughout the creative ecosystem. It shall consist of:

Cotilda:– Uganda’s original pioneer female stand-up comedian, Cotilda is also recognized as one of Africa’s leading stand-up comedians. A founder/mentor of the Queens of Comedy Uganda, she also doubles as an established comedy writer and also, director of comedy files live Uganda. She is no stranger to the international stage, with performances in the UK, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Kigali international comedy festival & Laugh Festival 2 and the first ever just concluded Kampala comedy festival.

Collins Emeka:- He is currently one of the top English comedians of the new generation. He is also Uganda’s youngest comedian aged 23. Some of his notable performances include The Churchill Show in Kenya, and performances in Rwanda and Zambia. He was recently nominated in the ADARA Awards in South Africa in the category of African Comedian of the year alongside other great comedians like Basketmouth from Nigeria and Salvador from Uganda.

Daniel Omara:- He is a teacher by training but a comedian by choice. Known as the ‘Intelligent’ Comedian, Omara first rose to recognition playing the character Odoch in the series ‘The Hostel’ and hasn’t looked back ever since. He has helped build comedy platforms and mentor the growing comedy industry in Uganda and is the Executive producer of the recently concluded first edition of Kampala Comedy Festival. CreativeTalks Africa is an initiative by KQ & Design Hub Kampala with support from Wild, SafeBoda, and Cajonmusichouselive. Grab a free coffee cup and listen to interesting creative conversations and music by our networking partner Cajonmusichouselive.

Note, the talks are free attendance.

Learning, networking, Training, workshop

Cairo Hackers Space, together with Design Hub Kampala and iZone Hub, embarked on a technological collaboration based on 3d printing technology. The aim was to showcase the potential of DIY manufacturing technology as well as hacker spaces in a way that acts to empower the local marketplaces and local production. 


Components of the course

  • Basic Electronics – Introduction to the theory of electronics with emphasis on software design and physical wiring.
  • 3D Printing 101 – An introduction to the various methods of manufacturing and how they compare with 3D printing.
  • CAD Design 101 – This session looked at the actual software; how it can be used to design objects.
  • 3D Printer Building – The class was taken through the process of building a printer starting with understanding the components and theirs uses.
  • From Idea To Product – The final session was for generating a use case and specific ideas that could be designed and printed.

The 3D printer workshop was undertaken as part of HIVOS Hub Collaboration fund and involved 3 countries and regions in Africa, namely MENA (Egypt), East Africa (Uganda) and Southern Africa (Zimbabwe).

Members of Cairo Hackerspace in Egypt facilitated the workshops and Design Hub Kampala took the administrative lead for the project.

The implementation took place from 18 June – 26th June in Kampala, Uganda and from 29th June – 6th July in Harare Zimbabwe.


Creative Talks, Events, networking, Party
CreativeTalks Africa is back for the 5th Edition and this month we (KQ & Design Hub Kampala) are hosting Artist and Gallerist Daudi Karungi. 

Unraveling the 3rd edition of the Kampala Art Biennale.

Daudi has been at the forefront of a new movement to promote Ugandan art both within Uganda, and internationally. He is a founding member of the Kampala Arts Trust and initiator of the Kampala Art Biennale (KAB) an international art event that takes place every two years in the city. As director of the KAB18 edition, he is in charge of overall coordination of the Biennale, including building partnerships, securing funding and creating an overall communication strategy. 

For this 3rd edition independent curator, Simon Njami proposed a Master – Apprentice studio concept. This will enable bridging the gap between the international art scene and local audiences as well as provide a vehicle to transmit knowledge from the older to younger generations of artist. 
During this edition of #creativetalks Daudi will explain more about the KAB18 concept and answer questions during a Q&A session where he will demystify and unravel the Kampala Art Biennale from his perspective.

There will be free coffee by our sponsors Wild and a DJ set for the networking sessions. Use the SafeBoda App promo code: #CREATIVETALKS to hitch a free, safe and timely ride for the talks at Design Hub Kampala.


Events, networking

Fezah celebrated new features on their platform during their annual conference that attracted corporates and  managers from the music, entertainment and business IT world. 

 In May 2015 Fezah set out to link African musicians to life changing local and global stages with a simple tool; The Fezah App. That year they received the MTN Most Innovative App award, and launched Fezah in Kenya as well.

Fezah App has since grown to ~300 artists. It is now the official booking app for the Bayimba International Festival, DOADOA East African Performing Arts Market, and The Jazz & Soul Safari. Fezah has executed regional tours for artists, launched radio shows, and built its own stages to provide more opportunities to the growing African talent. The Market Intelligence Suite is the second major product area from Fezah, joining the already established Fezah Talent Booking service.


Fezah App now notifies musicians every time their music is played on radio in real-time. On the app, musicians also get detailed reports on airplay. This is powered by Fezah’s media monitoring technology called AudioMatch.


Fezah App now allows a musician to compare their airplay to another musician, to see where they are doing better or worse.


Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) has signed up as the first Fezah AudioMatch client. Starting July 1st, UPRS will use AudioMatch airplay data to accurately determine how much to pay out to its members.


FezahApp now notifies advertisers every time their ad is played on radio in real-time. On the app, advertisers also get detailed reports. This is powered by Fezah media monitoring technology called AudioMatch.


Fezah App now allows brands to compare their ad trends to competitors, to evaluate share of voice over different stations or time blocks.


Fezah has partnered with Roke on the AudioMatch rollout. With Roke’s countrywide presence, Fezah will be able to extend it’s automated monitoring service to stations across all regions.


Fezah App now automatically determines and recommends the optimal amount you should pay for a given artist to perform at your event, show, festival. This is based on a formula that takes into account the artist, event type, client segment, and season.


Fezah App will deliver all these benefits through affordable subscription plans for both musicians and advertisers. Subscription plans start at as low as UGX8 per month.


Fezah App has started scouting for talent in Rwanda as part its plans to cover East Africa. Once launched, Rwandan artists will have access to all stages within the Fezah Booking Network.

10. FEZAH APP for iOS

Fezah App is finally now available for pre-order on iOS for iPhone and iPad users. This follows 3 years of being exclusively Android. Over the next 3 months, Fezah will improve its iOS app to include all features that its Android app has.


#FezahAt3 #AfricanTech #Startup


Co-Creation, Events, Exibitions, networking
Come visit ISU’s ‘Digital Fabrication’ Exhibition at The Design Hub 5th Street Plot 3 Bata Close.

The exhibition runs from 22-26 May 2018, 8am – 6pm.

The exhibition is a culmination of the students’ IB Design experience. Students’ designs showcasing their technical skills, appropriate use of material, techniques and processes will be on display.

Events, networking

Fuzu Limited is set to officially launch “Fuzu” – an online Career Development and Talent Management platform at The Design Hub on May 17th 2018. Fuzu aims to satisfy the need for new innovative solutions that are focused on the job seeker, who they are, where their potential lies and how best their talent can be matched with the employment opportunities.

The service runs on a highly technical AI-powered platform that supports career builders to find the best job opportunities, build skills needed to be successful and stand out with employers by showcasing their talent.

Fuzu also helps employers find the top talent in the market with advanced, but very easy to use, merit-based analytical tools powered by a Machine Learning Algorithm.


To the job seeker

The platform allows job seekers irrespective of their level of education and seniority, to dream and plan for their future, to learn new skills and competencies and ultimately find a job that best matches their profile.

It also provides a personalized experience to the job seeker; with job opportunities matched to their skills and interests, personalized course recommendations to learn new skills they need for their dream job and personalized advice at every step of their career.


To the employer

Fuzu provides a set of resourceful tools that enable finding of best matching candidates through powerful search and recruitment solutions and automated analysis of CV’s, by integrating a psychometric testing and talent profiling of candidates to the application process. This makes it easy to find candidates that best match with their requirements.

Fuzu will help take all the hassle out of shortlisting by automatically ranking candidates not just based on the quality of the CV but also the personality fit and talent the candidate has.

Fuzu was recently elected as one of the Disrupt 100 companies, out of 5 million startups across the world, by Tältt Ventures and as the 3rd most exciting growth company across Africa by African Business Review.

Fuzu is currently backed up by over 20 partners in Uganda already that include; KCCA, ICT Association of Uganda, Microsoft, M-Kopa, SafeBoda and local innovation hubs like Innovation Village, VentureLabs, and Outbox.


Start: 7.30 am @Design Hub event space

Entrance: Register for Invite. RSPV applies