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iHub By Josiah Mugambi / January 29, 2010

iHub: Motivation


Skunkworks was conceived with the idea of bring together Nairobi (and Kenyan) techies together and really kicked off in early 2007. From the onset we had the idea of having a central location where guys could come in and utilize fast internet, access local servers to test out their applications while bouncing off ideas with each other. The goal was to create an environment where (hopefully) cool world class products could be developed and sustained.  There are many great developers around but many complain about access to bandwidth and servers. In addition  to this, many business people looking for software are sometimes at a loss when it comes to tracking down good developers. The iHub will be the place to be for all these people.

iHub is a realization of this, and I’m really excited about what will be happening after the March 3rd launch. It is quite an experiment, and the iHub advisors admittedly do not have all the answers to some of the questions being posed by many. However it is worth doing, and I guess learning shall be done as it evolves.

There is loads of widespread support coming in for this, meaning that the local tech community has been yearning for such a space as this. However the iHub is just but a small cog in the wheel that will drive Nairobi (or will it be Malili?) towards being the Silicon Valley of Africa.

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Author : Josiah Mugambi

Josiah Mugambi has had several years’ experience in ICT, including software solutions development and networking, and spent nine years working in the telecommunications space with NSN and Huawei. Josiah is one of the co-founders of Skunkworks, an informal gathering of Kenyan technology enthusiasts, have participated in organizing numerous meetings and talks bringing together mostly software & web developers, designers, engineers and bloggers to share their knowledge and network. Kenya’s first BarCamp was a result of this networking, and has been regularly held since then. One of the main aims behind the forming of this group is networking of common techies with the aim of spurring innovation amongst them. Additionally, Josiah has been involved in several startups.   He sat on the Board of Advisors at the Nairobi iHub from its inception before taking over as Executive Director from Erik Hersman in Sept 2013. He is also an iHub Trustee.

  • comark at 18:46:40PM Friday, January 29, 2010

    looking forward to getting some cool ideas, nice!

  • Frederick M. Muriithi at 15:31:41PM Monday, February 1, 2010

    Finally! Now we are getting somewhere. Awesome Idea, people!


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