• The MEKATILILI Program

    Ideate & Innovate

  • Our Story

    Nurturing innovation and creativity through Design Thinking


    The Mekatilili Program is an interactive design thinking workshop that adopts tactile learning and a heuristic approach to nurture innovation and creativity.

    We train our participants in Human-Centered Design (HCD) and basic engineering concepts to improve technical expertise and promote social cohesion among the youth in Africa.


    The program also has a key interest in improving representation of women in technology and engineering by holding the workshop in girls' high schools.


    Our name pays homage to Mekatilili wa Menza, who is the embodiment of what the program hopes to instill in its participants: confidence, ambition and audacity!


    The program utilizes the IDDS Design curriculum. Sessions involve: research, ideation, prototyping and iteration.


    The Mekatilili Toolkit, where you can find all the material used during the workshop, is downloadable for FREE below!


    We believe in sharing, co-creation and collaboration and would like to urge anyone to use this toolkit. You may customize it to host your OWN Mekatilili Program and inspire the young makers of tomorrow. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in getting involved.


    Go forth to ideate and innovate!


  • What We Do

    Read more about the program

    I officially mark April as my favorite month this year. As part of the Mekatilili Program and I...
    March 24, 2018
    The Mekatilili Program and Artisan Hive partnered with General Electric (GE) Africa to run a one...
    This article was originally published as a Medium post by Foondi Workshops. Eleven young...
    The African Women in Technology (AWIT) conference was hailed to be one of a kind and it truly...
    The Mekatilili Program teamed up with Foondi Workshops for an interactive Design & The Internet...
    April 15, 2017
    From April 9th-15th 2017, Global Minimum (GMin) hosted a 1-week innovation camp for Kenyan youth...
    The Mekatilili Program in collaboration with Foondi Workshops organized and facilitated a Design...
    February 9, 2017
    Summary Twelve students from Loreto Convent Msongari participated in a Design Sprint focused on...
    Summary There were a total of 41 students who participated in the program. Participants...
    Summary There were a total of 42 students who participated in the program. Participants...
  • News & Updates

    What's new?

    Women and Power

    A peak into a 'Queengineer's' world

    Marian Muthui, founder of The Mekatilili Program, speaks with NTV Kenya on the initiative and more!


    Watch the interview here!


    Editors: Martha Wakoli & Marian Muthui

    A free, digital publication showcasing women in engineering in hopes of building a much stronger, more visible, more collaborative and eventually more vocal community of female engineers in Kenya and around Africa.

    Read it here!

  • People

    Meet our Team

    Marian Muthui


    Marian is an engineer, innovator and educator.


    She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. She is experienced in human-centered design, research and development (R&D), design thinking, rapid prototyping, renewable energy and technical healthcare services and solutions.


    Marian was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award during the inaugural 2016 Women in Energy Conference and Awards for her demonstrated impact in mobilization of communities towards innovative energy solutions.

    Annette Angose

    Program Manager

    Annette is an Economics and Finance major with a Sales and Marketing professional background.

    Her interests revolve around social entrepreneurship, innovations, health sector interventions and education especially among the teenagers. With over 7 years in community development through her initiative known as C4C Community, Annette spends her energy and resources partnering with the local community to develop wholesome individuals in mind, body and soul.

    Ebby Mutie

    Student Champion

    Ebby is a student pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering at Moi University, Eldoret.


    She believes in innovation as a great tool to leverage upon emerging opportunities and solve various problems. She also believes in impacting the society through knowledge and technical skills and spends her free time tutoring other students.


    Ebby knows that the change she desires to see in society starts through her and she has made it her responsibility to improve the society, hoping that things will soon be better.

  • Let's Chat!

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