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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 4, 2010

Thoughts on Open Innovation


According to Chesbrough, in his book “Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology” (2003) - Open Innovation can thus be described as:  combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to market to advance the development of new technologies.

As I was keenly studying the diagram above and reflecting on the above, I had the following thoughts:

“Mental Frame 1″: iHub is an open space for the tech community in Kenya.

“Mental Frame 2″:  The tech community in Kenya have great ideas.

“Mental Frame 3″:  Great ideas lead to development of new technologies

Hence:  iHub is an open space for the tech community in Kenya with great ideas that will lead to development of new technologies in Kenya. For us to embrace this thought we need to think about – Open Innovation!!!

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • brian odah at 21:35:14PM Monday, April 5, 2010

    So true. Kenyans have proven themselves time and again in recent years and hav shown real capacity to match the best in the world.Fact is that there are many more brilliant tech inclined minds in industry and varsities, and i hub provides the perfect forum for a great new society and amazing ideas and solutions. To me its the tap that coverts this enormous potetial from a steady drip into a sustained gush that will take the world by surprise.

  • Wesley at 08:53:51AM Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    Thanks for the updates! 8~)

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  • oliver at 04:37:09AM Friday, April 9, 2010

    well I do agree with you that there is need for innovation , lets not correlate ideas to success. It is always said that the big breakthroughs or success were ‘accidental’ meaning that they did not emanate from an idea(or a great one), but they were a byproduct of constant work, iteration and focus on the right problems of-course.

    For new technologies to be developed as you’ve said, what Kenyan Techies need to embrace is the is the ‘customer development’ and continuous learning philosophy, where they actually get out of the building and translate their ideas into minimum products so that they can start learning about customers and get the momentum flowing( after all tech is about data and measurement) and hopefully somewhere along the road they will stumble on a great opportunity and insight.

    Everybody has ideas but what differentiates ‘true’ entrepreneurs is their ability to strip down the grand vision into small doable, manageable parts that leads to tangible success and results ,one step at a time and hopefully these are the kind of people that iHUB will attract and nurture.

  • federal student loans at 06:19:40AM Monday, April 19, 2010

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!


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