Read about our Fellow NYOKABI NJUGUNA’S experience at the DO School, and get an insight into how a DO School program works!
We’ve had the chance to catch up with Nyokabi from Kenya about her experience at the DO School as part of the Education Challenge Africa. As a result of the program, Nyokabi has started working with Siemens Stiftung in Kenya to help implement the solution the group has come up with.
Read on to learn more about Nyokabi herself, her learnings from the DO School Program and her experience in Berlin.
Get in touch with her if you like help on business development or honest feedback!
NYOKABI’S DO SCHOOL EXPERIENCE:
Please describe your experience in Berlin in three words:
Confusing – amazing – emancipating. I loved being in Berlin. It’s a completely different country and culture. People are very connected, liberal, and it is such a cosmopolitan place!
What are the three most valuable things you got from the program?
1. The value of being open-minded and having an open heart: With the way the DO School method works, I was able to identify and challenge my preconceived notions over and over again!
2. Networking: I am usually uncomfortable about it, but my experience at the DO School was wonderful! The environment was very comfortable and my participation in the program greatly helped me open doors for myself. I connected with Rebecca from Siemens Stiftung – just over drinks and African music. It wasn’t even about anything professional; it was just natural. And now I have a consultancy role with them!
3. The opportunity to work with Siemens Stiftung: Because of my previous experience working in education, I was named country project consultant for Kenya. I set up meetings for Siemens Stiftung representatives with the right people, and I guide them on financial management for the Experimento project in Kenya and organize things for them on the ground.
What is the area of expertise over which you’d like to connect with fellow TDS alumni?
I think I’m great at helping people with business development. The stage at which I would be best suited to help would be the ideation stage – I’m great at analyzing and asking questions.
Also: How can tech be utilized for the end user? That is another thing I can help with. I have mentored hackathons and start-ups for social good both locally and internationally. There is a big need for connection when you devise a solution: you need to look at the tech side AND the user side.
And, in general, I can give honest feedback. It’s sometimes brutal, but also key in the ideation stage!
What would you have liked to know on your 1st day of the fellowship?
The S-Bahn will stress you out. Make sure that you always have a valid ticket!
26 Jul 2017