Scrapbooking the future (Tunapanda’s 5th Graduation Ceremony)

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Students from the 5th cohort during their graduation ceremony

Last week, Tunapanda Institute’s 5th cohort celebrated their graduation from an intensive 3 month training programme in business, design, Information Technology and entrepreneurship. Tunapanda Institute has now graduated 102 trainees since our first cohort finished in December 2014.

This cohort was comprised of 25 students from several regions of Kenya with different interests in technology. In their training, the trainees were exposed to new technologies like 3D printing and mesh networking. They undertook projects from designing apps, creating websites and building the foundation of their own businesses to learning about entrepreneurship. They were also given a chance to present their work before other students and trainers to develop their confidence and presentation skills. As a final project, the students presented their ideas and business prototypes to a panel of guest judges from other companies.

Judges

From left:  Muthuri Kinyamu, Programme Coordinator at Nest.vc, Chad Larson, co-founder of M-KOPA Solar, Kathlyn Pattillo is currently performing Fulbright Research for a book about education, Eric Mibuari is a researcher at IBM research lab, Patrick Achola, Director SPUR Africa,  Joseph Wambugu, founder of House of Technology and his colleague Steve listening to pitches from students from the 5th cohort at Tunapanda Institute.

‘’I am very glad for the opportunity I was given at Tunapanda. The 3 months training has exposed me to so many things about life and technology that I did not know about. Now I can also confidently express myself.’’ Chrispine Abala, a graduate from the 5th cohort said.

‘’I must admit I knew little if nothing about 3D Printing. I am so grateful that Tunapanda offered me a chance to gain 3D printing skills to help solve many issues” added Eunice Otieno, another graduate.

Tunapanda training doesn’t stop after graduation however. Since its inception, the Tunapanda training programme has produced competitive graduates and has formed partnerships with local businesses and community groups to place its graduates in local companies and universities to further their learning and development.

Our mission at Tunapanda Institute is to spread dignity, respect, and freedom and to creatively problem solve through building skills in digital technology, collaboration, and self-expression. These are the same skills that we will soon share with our 6th cohort. Applications to the newest cohort are now available here.

We would like to wish all the trainees from the 5th cohort all the best and we hope they will use the skills they acquired at Tunapanda to positively impact their communities, their country, and the world.