AfriDesignX: Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nkiruka Oparah, 2014

AfriDesignX: Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa is a network of pioneering technologists, curators and scholars from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and the UK to discuss developments in digital design – robotics, gaming and computer imaging – on the African continent.

We tend to think about our world’s future as being discovered in the high-tech laboratories in America, or debated in elite business and political forums held in the Alps - but less often in the West, do we think about our future as being designed by local tech communities in SSA.

In what is being called a ‘transformative Digital Revolution’, Africa now hosts one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the world (the East African ‘Silicon Savannah’), a Pan-African robotics network (AFRON), burgeoning space programmes and a proliferation of digital innovation hubs.

This network investigates new design typologies emerging from the African continent, their sites of production and the means by which they can be communicated and displayed both within Africa and Europe.

Principal Research Investigator

Cher Potter LCF/V&A Joint Senior Research Fellow

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