In the classroom at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
In the classroom at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
The Responsible Computing Challenge (RCC) program is excited to share our grantees’ reflections on their progress, successes, and challenges
To kick off the series, we are highlighting the work of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), whose project embeds ethical considerations into the development of robotics


In Kenya, Responsible Computing Challenge awardee Jomo Kenyatta University is shaping students’ perspectives on integrating ethical perspectives within robotics curricula.

For example, under the instruction of Prof. Stephen Kimani and Dr Eunice Mwangi, bachelor student Rose Kimu is exploring how ethical design principles in robotics, user interface architectures, and human-computer interaction can be addressed in the classroom. Through industry-led guest lectures, Rose and other students engaged with critical subject matters such as interaction design, social robotics, and dark patterns, fostering in-class discourse and practical application.

JKUAT is successfully cultivating the core values of RCC by introducing undergraduates to ethical perspectives within BSc Computer Science and BSc Technology courses. Their goal? Equipping the next generation of tech builders with the critical skills to develop more inclusive, healthier, and safer digital tools.

In a first for RCC, JKUAT focuses its project on robotics — reflecting how the Challenge has expanded from a narrow focus on computer science to a broader and more inclusive array of technology subjects. In adapting the curriculum to develop critical-thinking skills, JKUAT successfully embeds human-centered methods in design processes and inclusive design activities. Students can actively engage in activities that include design workshops, tailored lectures, and brainstorming sessions.

Says Rose Kimu, B.Sc Computer Science student at JKUAT: "It was an amazing opportunity to share ideas and perspectives, realizing that even as students, our voices could contribute to a more ethical tech landscape…Sessions on ethical considerations, especially when dealing with AI, sparked meaningful discussions on how to integrate these principles into future designs actively. This experience went beyond academics, fostering a more reflective approach and transforming our thinking. It was fueled by curiosity, collaboration, and a shared commitment to building a better digital world."

Even as students, our voices could contribute to a more ethical tech landscape.

Rose Kimu, B.Sc Computer Science student at JKUAT

JKUAT is one of eight higher education institutions awarded a total amount of USD $200,000 in grants in June last year. Throughout the 12-month award period, the work of the inauguralKenyan cohort, led by Dr. Chao Mbogho, has spanned interdisciplinary perspectives that have included diversity & inclusivity, animation, object-oriented programming, and data structures.

Since 2018, the Responsible Computing Challenge program has provided awards for projects that develop more socially responsible undergraduate curricula and pedagogy in technology-related fields. The Challenge has been implemented at over 40 higher education institutions across India,Kenya, the United States, and is soon to be launched in South Africa. So far, it has impacted more than 15,000 students, 80 faculty members, and led to 100 distinct new courses being developed. Mozilla’s RCC work is supported by USAID, the Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Mellon Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund and works in collaboration with Mozilla’s Africa Innovation Mradi.