This month Tunga is part of the Dutch Design Mission to Kampala. Centered around the newly founded Design Hub Kampala (DHK), a number of Dutch and Ugandan companies have worked together intensively this week on projects for both Dutch and Ugandan clients, some of them major multinational companies. The mission is initiated by DHK and the Dutch Embassy to explore the potential to use Dutch Design expertise and technology to strengthen the creative sector in Uganda.
DHK will open officially on March 1st 2017 and will become a major hub for design-related companies. Its goal is to create economic value with the many creative skills that are already available in Uganda but are so far underutilized in the economic sector.
By introducing ‘design thinking’, facilitating knowledge exchange and creating a physical hub, DHK intends to boost the competitiveness of Ugandan business across the spectrum. Better design in fields like software, branding, packaging, fashion and architecture will empower Ugandan businesses to become more competitive in the international marketplace.
As our world is increasingly being designed and then built in digital environments, it’s only natural for Tunga to join the DHK. “We think DHK has the potential to become the beating heart of offline and online innovation in Uganda.”, says Tunga founder Ernesto Spruyt. “As a company that promotes Ugandan software developers on the international market, we see DHK not only as a suitable work space for our community, but also as a perfect location to network, learn and organize meetups and training sessions.”
Coinciding with the Design Mission, the Tunga team is together in Kampala this week to work on the strategy together, on-board new team members and organize several sessions for the Tunga community of software developers. Spruyt: “As we are a distributed organization, it is very important that from time to time we get together and spend quality time. Our team and community are growing so quickly that it can be a challenge to on-board new members. That together with the Design Mission is why we’re here this week and it is an amazingly productive trip so far.”