This year's theme, Resource & Community, sparked new connections for Kenya's creative economy.
There were opportunities to learn from inspirational thinkers about their journeys and the industries they lead at Pechakucha.
Designers got live feedback during portfolio workshops at Careers in Design and explored professional opportunities in the creative industries.
Afrika Design included a morning of expert panels, followed by hands on workshops featuring virtual reality, 3D printing, recycling, design-thinking and more.
The day started with a keynote from Mark Kamau of BRCK and local expert panels moderated by Sandra Chege of British Council Kenya.
The panels featured Chao Taiyana of African Digital Heritage, Emuron Alemu of Ogilvy Africa, Eric Kibe of GOPA and Kamau Wanyoike of Ark Africa.
The day culminated in an international panel featuring Kristen de Valliere of Say hi to, Eugene Kavuma of Kampala Design Week and Adrian Jankowiak of Nairobi Design Week.
Makers, designers, artists and other creatives were invited to share stories and sell products, with appearances from Lulu Kitololo, Riko Love Crafts, Tira Studio, Love Artisan, Imani Collective, Erregatti, Provisions Kenya, and Tibeb Leather Works from Ethiopia.
2018 was the first time we hosted our Delegates Tour, bringing together design visionaries to discover handpicked highlights from the Nairobi Design Week community.
Guests included Juan de Lascurain, inspirational artist from Mexico, Märta Terne, Head of Marketing at Better Shelter, Esther Kute, Product Development Manager at Bata Kenya, and Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa, the former President of the World Design Organisation.
Head of Marketing - Better Shelter
Former Product Development Manager - Bata, Kenya
The sponsors this year include Aurecon and Elite Digital, with a host of partners across the events
including Nairobi Design Institute, UN Habitat, Precious Plastics, Flip Flopi, Ark Africa, Kounkuey
Design Initiative, TechForTrade, Sandstorm Kenya, Soko, International School of Kenya, and more.