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iHub By Jessica Colaço / August 18, 2010

Apps4Africa 24hr Hackathon


On the 1st of July 2010, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale launched the “Apps 4 Africa” contest at the iHub.

Left to right: John Kipchumba, U.S. Under Secretary Judith McHale, Josh Goldstein and Jessica Colaço launch the Apps 4 Africa contest July 1 in Nairobi.

Left to right: John Kipchumba, U.S. Under Secretary Judith McHale, Josh Goldstein and Jessica Colaço launch the Apps 4 Africa contest July 1 in Nairobi.

The regional competition seeks to harness the power of African software developers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda and leverage the power of digital technology to improve the lives of ordinary people in East Africa and worldwide. The competition runs through August 31 2010

Jessica Colaço calls it “a tech journey in East Africa, a journey with social change to better the lives of the people.”

Hence join us in this tech journey on Friday the 20th of August at 6pm t0 Saturday the 21st of August at 6pm for a 24hr Hackathon at the iHub.

Please note that you must register for this event. Sign Up Now.

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:

  • APPS FOR AFRICA » Announcing Great Prizes and a 24 Hour Hack-a-thon at 18:24:13PM Thursday, August 19, 2010

    [...] great apps? If you are in Nairobi, then join us this Saturday at 6PM at the iHub Nairobi for the Apps4Africa 24 hour hackathon! Stay tuned for other great hack-a-thons throughout the [...]

  • HN Muyingi at 14:40:20PM Wednesday, September 29, 2010


    Congratulation for all of that, especially the InfoDev grant. I will be collaborating with CISR, Pretoria for the same activities. look at my website and hope to hear from you.

    Prof Muyingi
    MTC Endowed Chair in ICT
    Mobile App Lab/Polytechnic of Namibia


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