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Refining crowdsourced requirements

Posted on July 20th, 2016 in Okomakuara


On July 20 a five man team consisting of two lecturers Mr Gereon Koch Kapuire and Mr Colin Stanley, Professor Jesse V. Johnson and two undergraduate students Juliuson T. Amakali and Albertus P. Coetzee all from Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) undertook a trip to Okomakuara,a rural community around 65 km north of Windhoek. The purpose of the trip was to refine the crowdsourced requirements for the Request Management tablet application with the OvaHerero elders of the community. 


In March 2015, and scaffolding from both, a first trip towards Persona Co-Design undertaken in October 2014 and the learning experiences obtained at that time, lecturer and facilitator Gereon Koch Kapuire (Namibia University of Science and Technology), PhD candidate Daniel G. Cabrero (University of West London and current exchange-researcher at Namibia University of Science and Technology), lecturer and facilitator Colin Stanley (Namibia University of Science and Technology) and Professor Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (Namibia University of Science and Technology and Cabrero’s external supervisor) undertook a trip back to Okomakuara in order to find out both, (1) further data towards the Crowdsource System we are currently co-designing and co-developing with ovaHerero and ovaHimba communities in pastoral Namibia and (2) to keep probing methods to find data on User-Created Personas (UCP).


One of the biggest highlights in the history of design in Namibia was the Participatory Design Conference held on the African continent for the first time. This was a long awaited event as it put Namibia and especially the Polytechnic of Namibia on the map with other researchers in participatory design. Gereon Koch Kapuire, Colin Stanley, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria from the Polytechnic of Namibia, Kasper Rodil from Aalborg University and McAlbert Katjivirue from our local industry, organised a workshop as part of the conference. The title of the workshop was “Community-based co-design in Okomakuara. A contribution to design in the wild”.


Posted on October 4th, 2014 in Okomakuara

PDC 2014 Workshop: 4th of October 2014 8h30-16h30

Contact: Gereon Kapuire gkapuire@nust.na


Although the wider motivation and principles of Participatory Design (PD) are universal its concepts and techniques are highly contextual. Community-based co-design is a variation of PD, where processes are negotiated within the interaction. Thus this workshop gives participants the opportunity to validate their own conceptualisations, techniques in-situ application against a selected Herero community’s evaluation. Besides a day of new impressions and thoughts we intend to record the discussions and present a shortened video at the conference.