Designed in Ethiopia

Prototype in Shenzhen

10th Happy Hour @HQB



Nael HAILEMARIAM comes from Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia is a master student of Data Science and Information Technology in Open FIESTA program of Tsinghua University. He has a tremendous interest in the cross-pollination of the tech and social ecosystem of China and the East Africa; specifically, Ethiopia. He became interested in pursuing his studies at Tsinghua, Shenzhen after he went to SZOIL and dwelled in the sci-fi tech city of Shenzhen for an internship two years ago. He has also worked in the Blockchain company called GIFTO. He is interested in expanding intercultural empathy through the latest technological tools. Nael is 23 years old and traveled to the USA, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, and India for hackathons and educational visits. Currently, he has secured his masters’ admission at CRI Paris and Tsinghua University Joint program in Internet and Innovation


Nael’s internship at SZOIL, participating in the Global Humanitarian Lab

 Designed in Ethiopia

The Ministry of Science and Technology has been designing a program called Designed in Ethiopia in collaboration with Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL) and iCog Labs, owing of a curated vision of young Ethiopian, Nael HAILEMARIAM. It’s a special program where young professionals from various regions of Ethiopia are able to convert their designs of production where it can be surged into the world market.


 iCog Labs team(source: iCog Labs official webstite)

iCog Labs is a research and development company based in Addis Ababa, collaborating with international AI research groups and serving customers around the world. When Sophia who is the first robot to gain the citizenship of Saudi Arabia, iCog Labs helped Hanson Robotics to program her to speak Amharic, the language of Ethiopia.


Sophia, the world’s first robot being granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia

In “Designed in Ethiopia” program, the 10 selected designs from 100 of these young professionals will be headed to the market. The training will be given at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University for 7 days and 10 design proposals will be called “Design in Ethiopia”. The Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Ing. Getahun Mekuria said the program will be held twice a year starting this year, 2018. 


Participants of Designed in Ethiopia

Prototype in Shenzhen

Nael now is the master student in Tsinghua University and the driver of China-Ethiopia smart hardware platform. He has great confidence on the success on “Designed in Ethiopia Prototype in Shenzhen ”.


TECNO is a successful showcase. The Shenzhen mobile company won the No. 1 of China mobile export in 2016 and 2017. They sold around 130 million mobile phone to the world while 73% to Africa. The success was because of the tailor made mobile design for the African market, started with Ethiopia.


 Friends from Africa using the TECON mobile

Please join us for the 10th Happy Hour @ HQB to share the stories of Nael HAILEMARIAM and meet other dream makers.



Designed in Ethiopia

Prototype in Shenzhen

10th Happy Hour @HQB

Nael HAILEMARIAM, “Designed in Ethiopia” Program initiator

Time: October 16 (Tuesday)  17:00-19:00

Venue: Coffee Bar, SegMaker+, 12/F SEG Plaza

Language: English (Brief translation if needed)

Fees: Free


Designed in Ethiopia Prototype in Shenzhen 10th Happy Hour @HQB
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