Nairobi Design Week (NDW) 2018 embraced the theme of “Resource & Community,” fostering new connections and insights within Kenya’s creative economy. From November 19th to November 26th, the festival provided a platform for learning, networking, and exploring professional opportunities in the creative industries.



  • PechaKucha: The festival featured inspirational speakers sharing their journeys and insights, providing opportunities for attendees to learn from industry leaders.
  • Careers in Design: Designers had the chance to receive live feedback during portfolio workshops, enhancing their professional development and exploring career opportunities.
  • Afrika Design: This event included expert panels and hands-on workshops on virtual reality, 3D printing, recycling, and design thinking. Keynote speakers included Mark Kamau and an international panel featuring Kristen de Valliere, Eugene Kavuma, and Adrian Jankowiak.
  • Maker Day of It: A day dedicated to showcasing the process of making, where makers, designers, and artists shared their stories and sold products, engaging visitors in the journey of creation.
  • Delegates Tour: NDW hosted its first Delegates Tour, bringing together design visionaries to explore highlights from the Nairobi Design Week community, aiming to connect ideas and people to inspire further discussions and actions.

Speakers and Exhibitions:

Speakers at Afrika Design included Chao Taiyana, Emuron Alemu, Eric Kibe, and Kamau Wanyoike, among others. The event featured panels, workshops, and exhibitions that explored the theme of “Resource & Community” in the context of design and creativity.

Sponsors and Partners:

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NDW 2018 was sponsored by Aurecon and Elite Digital, with support from Nairobi Design Institute, UN Habitat, Precious Plastics, Flip Flopi, Ark Africa, Kounkuey Design Initiative, and others.

Nairobi Design Week 2018 was a dynamic celebration of creativity, innovation, and community, highlighting the importance of resources and collaboration in driving the creative economy forward.