As always, it was a week filled with lots of creativity, fun and learning. A group of 20 girls walked into the AkiraChix space on 18th August, 2014 a little shy and green on graphic design concepts.
Throughout the week, Nyandia Kamawe empowered these teenagers by teaching what it takes to be a designer, and showing them how to create magazine layouts.
To cap it all off, we tried something different with this bootcamp. We sought to add a little competitive spice to motivate the girls to do the best they can with the skills taught to them in the last week. On Friday. 22nd August, 2014, we held a mini-hackathon, breaking the girls into groups of 3 to tackle challenges revolving around:-
The girls had 4 hours to develop an eye-catching magazine layout, as well as a presentation detailing a business model around the magazine project assigned to them.
Presentations were made to a panel of Judges comprising of Nivi Murkhejee from E-limu, and AkiraChix co-founders, Linda Kamau and Marie Githinji, as well as parents of the bootcamp attendees.
The top two winning team took home great tech gifts, including a cash prize donated by e-Limu.
“We walked in here a little shy, not knowing how to design. This has been an amazing experience, and I have learned a lot. I’m looking forward to the next bootcamp”, said Susan Ngoiri, a bootcamp attendee.
Huge shoutout goes to Nyandia Kamawe, our amazing design trainer of the week, Abigael Wangui from the iHub UX Lab and Linda Kamau for great talks that inspired the girls this past week, Joy Wambui, Fridah Oyaro and the AkiraChix training program student volunteers for their help in making this bootcamp successful!
Photos from the event can be found on our facebook album here.
We’re looking forward to the next round of high school outreach activities once schools open in September, and ending the year with a huge bang! Stay tuned to our blog and social media streams for updates