Florence Okoye is a UX and service designer interested in the application of design thinking to complex engineering systems. She is founder of Afrofutures_UK, an interdisciplinary collective dedicated to exploring how technology both shapes and reimagines the black experience. They regularly host workshops in comic creation and coding (from Arduino to web development) and engage academics through an annual conference which Florence has curated since 2015. Inspired by afrofuturist writers and thinkers such as Octavia Butler, Kodwo Eshun and Reynaldo Anderson, Afrofutures_UK is especially interested in using creative technology to reveal untold histories of the black community to develop a more intersectional future.
Okoye is a Birmingham Open Media (BOM) Fellow, and also a facilitator with community engagement projects via Spaghetti Jams which aims to spread awareness about design thinking both as a methodology for self-empowerment and addressing local issues.
"With experience designing digital experiences across a range of platforms from iOS to hybrid and web apps, my expertise lies in using human-centred design techniques to create and evaluate user interactions, information architecture and underlying processes.
I have experience working across the utilities and cybersecurity sectors as well as a UX and Service Design consultant for start ups and small to medium enterprises. I work as closely as possible with users to understand mental models and ways of working, before creating workflows, wireframes and rapidly iterated prototypes for user testing and feedback."