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iHub By Jessica Colaço / November 18, 2010

infoDev Awards AkiraChix one of the Six Mobile Social Networking Grants


infoDev recently announced the first six of eight grants for mobile social networking activities under the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy program, part of a partnership among infoDev, the Government of Finland, and Nokia.

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In Kenya the fabulous tech-girl group called AkiraChix won the Mobile Social Networking Grant to support preexisting or establish new social networking hubs and complementary online communication channels to foster collaboration among developers, entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, investors and other technologists working in the mobile field. In addition, these organizations will provide vital support for the creation of content for a mobile applications community of practice, along with other mentoring and concept incubation activities.

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:

  • Tweets that mention infoDev Awards AkiraChix one of the Six Mobile Social Networking Grants *iHub_ -- at 14:28:28PM Thursday, November 18, 2010

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  • marcita at 04:26:10AM Friday, November 19, 2010

    how can i join akira chix??

  • Isaac at 07:37:43AM Friday, November 19, 2010

    Hi, I would like to discuss an idea with a mobile application platform developer on a mobile application platform where I feel there is a market gap. How do I go about it.

  • Mbugua Njihia at 08:25:48AM Friday, November 19, 2010

    Chix ablazing, love it love it love it.Symbiotic has an imbalance on the lady techie front…now we have a pool to “poach” from :-)

  • paul metto at 15:13:43PM Friday, November 19, 2010

    i would like to join , but how do i join

  • alice at 13:41:22PM Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    I was requesting for assistance on how i can join the group.Thanks in advance.

  • AkiraChix honoured as Unsung Heros by US Ambassador Ranneberger in Nairobi *iHub_ at 16:58:41PM Monday, March 14, 2011

    [...] achievement is on the grant received from Infodev, a donor-funded agency hosted by the World Bank to foster innovation and collaboration [...]


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