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Mozilla's Responsible Computing Initiative Transforms University of Embu's Technological Education Landscape

Under the leadership of Dr Victoria Mukami, the Mozilla Responsible Computing Team, in collaboration with Dr Consolata Gakii and Dr Peter Rugano, has catalysed a transformative shift in the technological education landscape at the University of Embu. Supported by the Mozilla Foundation and spearheaded by Dr Chao Mbogho as the country lead, this initiative has brought forth a wave of innovation and ethical consciousness among second-year students from the Computing and Information Technology, Education, and Mathematics departments.

Design Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Ethics concepts were introduced in the program to help students develop AI projects that are both technically and ethically sound. By emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach and placing users' needs at the forefront, the initiative aimed to cultivate a generation of tech leaders who prioritize social impact and ethical considerations in their work.

During the showcase, student teams showcased their projects that addressed challenges in the real world. As a reward for their efforts, the winning team, which focused on disease prediction, received laptop computers. The second-place team addressed the issue of climate change and won tablets, while the third-place team focused on task management solutions and won cell phones.

Dr Victoria Mukami expressed her delight at the success of the initiative, stating, "It's truly inspiring to see the level of creativity and ethical consciousness demonstrated by these students. They have not only gained technical skills through the program, but they have also developed a sense of responsibility for using technology for the greater good."

Dr Chao Mbogho echoed these sentiments, adding, "The Mozilla Responsible Computing Initiative aims to nurture a generation of tech leaders who are not only proficient in their craft but also mindful of the ethical implications of their work. These projects demonstrate the positive impact technology can have when used responsibly."

In addition to the University of Embu's ongoing commitment to innovation and ethical leadership, initiatives such as Mozilla Responsible Computing provide a beacon of hope for a future in which technology is used for the benefit of society, guided by ethical principles, inclusivity, and empathy.

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