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Ambassador Ranneberger and Dr. Julia Ojiambo with the Unsung Heros on International Women’s Day in Nairobi.

iHub By Jessica Colaço / March 14, 2011

AkiraChix honoured as Unsung Heros by US Ambassador Ranneberger in Nairobi


Akira is a Japanese word that means ‘energy’ and ‘Intelligence’, those are the two words that aptly describe this group of ladies. They are intelligent and bring all their energy together to help and empower the greater community of galz out there.The amazing gal team housed within the iHub where honored by US Ambassador as Unsung Heros on International Women’s Day in Nairobi. These young ladies are truly amazing considering what they have achieved in less than a year.

Ambassador Ranneberger and Dr. Julia Ojiambo with the Unsung Heros on International Women’s Day in Nairobi.

Here are some of their highlights in less than a year

Last year, they embarked on training 29 poor girls and five boys in a programme  dubbed ‘Akishika’. The trainees had completed school and failed to further their studies. AkiraChix trained them on programming design and entrepreneurship. Computer Aid International donated 36 laptops, in return for an application for the visually impaired.

They continually urge members to come up with innovations and one major achievement of the AkiraChix is M-Farm. Five members of the AkiraChix participated in the IPO48 competition where different groups were given 48 hours to develop and execute a web or mobile business concept. In 48 hours, AkiraChix were able to come up with M-Farm, a mobile information resource centre that focuses on delivering real time information to farmers on market prices, connects them with suppliers, agro vets and cooperatives. The application won the group Sh1 million that will help them roll it out.

Another achievement is on the grant received from Infodev, a donor-funded agency hosted by the World Bank to foster innovation and collaboration among different stakeholders in the mobile communications sector. With the grant, they are charged with facilitating the activities of the mobile lab (mlab), as they have been selected as the implementing organisation in Kenya for mobile social networking activities as part of the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Partnership.

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:

  • Nairobian Perspective at 17:12:33PM Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Now thats putting good use to technology, Akirachix…congrats girls,you illustrate that there is still much good left in the world ! Kudos

  • julia at 10:55:09AM Friday, March 18, 2011

    pliz send me the ticket i would like to attend the event


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