HTI/Eastman/Modern Edge collaboration heads to northern Kenya to work with the Turkana people.

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  • January 26, 2011

Modern Edge is collaborating with HTI and Eastman to improve the usage model, design, packaging and comprehension of the HTI HydroPack, a disaster relief hydration system. We’re currently gathering usage feedback and ┬áinsights from a wide variety of users, and usage scenarios.

Sharing tea with Etabo Achio while writing up some notes.

Sharing tea with Etabo Achio while writing up some notes.

After leaving Western Kenya, the Modern Edge team traveled north towards the Sudanese border to work with the Turkana – a nomadic tribal people suffering from a decades-long drought and the resulting food shortages. Non-verbal and graphic communication among the Turkana can be very counter-intuitive from a western perspective, presenting unique challenges in the search for a strong universal design and usage model. We head back to the Budalangi region shortly for the conclusion of the ninety family pilot and to collect end-of-use cycle feedback.

Near the Turkana village of Kapua in northern Kenya.

Near the Turkana village of Kapua in northern Kenya.

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