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iHub By Josiah Mugambi / February 17, 2010

iHub – Ideas, Interests, Investments, Innovations


Quoting Eric Schmidt from a recent article on innovation in the Washington Post:

More than ever, innovation is disruptive and messy. It can’t be controlled or predicted. The only way to ensure it can flourish is to create the best possible environment — and then get out of the way. It’s a question of learning to live with a mess.

I also like this bit:

Fourth, information must become even more open and accessible. Government-funded research should be made public through “a Wikipedia of ideas,” so entrepreneurs can harness ideas commercially. High-speed Internet access must be much more widely available. Broadband is a major driver of new jobs and businesses, yet we rank only 15th in the world for access. More government support for broadband remains critical.

The Nairobi iHub will be many things – a collision of Ideas, Innovations, Interests, Investments. We need as many ideas as possible on activities, projects, concepts, anything, for the iHub. Send in your ideas via email to ideas (at)

Investments are necessary so we intend to have a huge the internet pipe:).  There has been of course been quite some time and effort invested by various people (Fady Rostom & Kwame  Nyongo doing the interior layout, Mbugua & Salim of Symbiotic providing this hosting platform, Brian Longwe with some handy data equipment, the volunteer data team – Denis Wahome and Joseph Kamau)

Interests – we hope as many individuals & businesses partner with us as well as Government. We are still working out how to involve everyone in the community.


There is no telling where the iHub will be in 2-3 years. It is going to be quite an experiment, and right from the onset, the key will be to create the best possible environment within the iHub for innovations to take place, and to get out of the way.

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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.

  • Kibe wachira at 17:09:55PM Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    this is totally cool looking forward for its opening.

  • kiagiri at 18:46:20PM Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    Nice quotes from Eric ;)

  • LouiV at 20:05:53PM Thursday, February 18, 2010

    The iHub brings yet another Technovation age of creative thinkers together at a one go (With the landing of the fibre optic cable, kenyans get set to launch in Auto Mode). With local investors on the look out for potential business ventures, then suggestively this might be the place to source for all kinds of skillful, innovative, unique and creative ideas. Lets hope thats where technovation house we alias by the name “iHub” will be in the 2 – 3years of existence and I certainly pray to God that nothing of any destructive intent comes into interference with its nature of operations when i speak destructive i mean (Political influence, Malicious intent and so forth)

  • Mbugua Njhia at 17:04:45PM Saturday, February 20, 2010

    Love it love it love it….i just may spend ore time at the IHub that at my offices…with that sort of infrastructure…i might as well as be in my office

  • forex robot at 02:26:08AM Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!


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