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Strathmore Students Participate in KTH Global Development Hub, Sweden

(From L-R) Rebecca Eyanae, George Kagwe, Merina Lwambo, Bruce Totona and Guguni Nyabade

GDH students from Strathmore University, Nairobi and University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, presented the final work of their semester long projects, together with their colleagues, in front of a full conference room. Students worked in teams of 6-8 students, with challenges provided by Stockholm City and Stockholm Council in a wide range of areas. The process included gathering an in-depth understanding of the issue, developing a number of proposals for situations, and creating a concrete solution which is able to be tested in real life situations.

Merina Lwambo (University of Dar es Salaam, MSc. Computer Science) and Bruce Lonyeiye (Strathmore University alumnus, Bachelor of Telecommunications) collaborated together with their team on a project called Cykelbanan+. The project focused on making commuting in Stockholm more Lovable for the 800,000 daily SL commuters by redistributing their forms of traveling and enabling them to travel in a more sustainable and flexible manner.

Rebecca Eyanae and George Kagwe (Strathmore University alumni, Bachelor of Business Information Technology) presented their project Finns i Sjön – water conscious living in Stockholm. The idea around Finns i Sjön is to engage the public in their knowledge and efforts into keeping the waterbodies in Stockholm high quality. The challenge around “good water status” was presented by Stockholm Stad and Ericsson, who supported the team with water quality monitoring sensors. The students presented a twofold idea of a physical landmark in the form of a tree to show the water quality and an application to help engage citizens with the local water status.

Guguni Nyabade (Strathmore alumnus, Bachelor of Business Information Technology) and colleagues presented their solution for the Stockholm Water Tap – a second solution on how to engage the citizens of Stockholm with water quality. Using the Digital Demo Stockholm as a foundation for Stockholm Stad’s and Ericsson’s engagement, the group focused on the pressure that the growing Stockholm population and urbanization puts on the limited resource of Mälaren.

The goal of the project is educate and activate the local population to protect and conserve water.


Article by KTH