Uganda Design Summit ’23

BioCosmos Foundation was part of the great UG Design Summit ’23 held at Kyambogo University from 3rd to 6th October 2023 under the Theme “Weaving an Afrikan Design Mat”.   The conference was organised under the auspices of the Pan Afrikan Design Institute to commemorate the 2023 Afrika Design day under the sunshade of Uganda Design Summit. The summit offered a broad exchange of ideas by academia, researchers and practitioners, stakeholders from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and fields across Africa and beyond. The summit served as an avenue for the following aspects: 

  1. The sharing of design experiences and innovations woven by  the diverse cultures
  2. Gaining a better understanding of the world and how human beings are woven into it through design inputs and design outputs
  3. Provided an opportunity for Afrika to showcase its design driven warp and the weft pattern of creative threads through paper presentations, keynote address, exhibitions and the design fireplace (Ekyoto) for debating in a forensic manner some key topics that affect design research in Afrika

BioCosmos Foundation was represented by Dr. Richard Ochieng’ (Chair, BioCosmos Kenya) who presented a paper on “Evidence of Intelligent Design: Case of Bacterial Flagellum and Animal Life”. 

Dr. Ochieng’ demonstrated to the audience the intricate structures and functions observed in both bacterial flagella andanimal life (the butterfly) that have long been a source of fascination and debate in the context of intelligent design. The presentation explored compelling evidence that points to underlying intelligence behind the development of these organisms and their remarkable mechanisms. The audience were treated to one of the most iconic examples of intelligent design found in the bacterial flagellum, a nanoscale rotary motor propelling bacterial locomotion which is an intricate molecular machine consisting of a multitude of precisely arranged protein components that work in harmony, displaying a level of complexity that defies simple Darwinian explanations but a deeper underlying intelligence. Drawing examples from the works of  Michael Behe, William Dembski and Stephen Meyer that brings to fore the evidence for intelligent design to support the notion of a deliberate and purposeful intelligent causation, the debate has profound implications for human understanding of life’s origins and the nature of the universe.