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iHub By Jessica Colaço / March 21, 2011

Bit Magic Forum

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Bit Magic is a forum for techies to celebrate Techiness! As techies we know that it’s the technical tinkering that keeps us ticking. It’s the no-business-sense inventions of today that build tomorrow’s businesses. We all have private hacks, personal engines, hand-crafted libraries and code generators, those secrets that save us time, cheat the processor (and the boss), are fun and keep us sane. When not tinkering, we take time to understand the behind-the-scenes technologies of our world.

Bit Magic hopes to unveil and celebrate these. We are going to have our second forum hosted at the iHub. It will be a 3 hour event on Saturday, 26th March starting from 2pm. There will be four 40 minute presentations. These month’s presenters are:

1. Michael Pedersen
A talk titled “The European demo scene – The computer as an art platform!”

“The demo scene” is a computer subculture, particular widespread in Europe (see ). In essence it is doing “grafiti” with your computer - don’t worry I am not about to become “graphical” on you guys, we are still talking about pushing BITS around inside the computer. In this talk I will give a brief introduction to the demo-scene and what it is all about, I will show a select few demos from the last 20 years. and try to explain the hardcore concept behind this very very geeky subculture. This is less of a talk than action – There will be 8 demos of around 5 minutes each.

2. Edmund Ochieng
Edmund is working on Ushahidi’s J2ME application. He is a Fedora enthusiast and previously, worked on computing clusters for computation infrastructure. His presentation will draw from his clustering background.

3. Makinde Adiegbo (Facebook, Bridge International Schools)

Makinde worked in the performance team at Facebook, the team that greatly increased the download time for Facebook in late 2010. The talk on this can be found online. He will present on caching in its various forms.  mainly focusing on Javascript, CSS, and other front end caching techniques (and perhaps a few backend caching techniques).

4. Ashok Hariharan
Ashok works on the Open Source Bungeni Project ( which is an open-source Parliament Information System. Other projects are Africa i-Parliaments ( and Akoma Ntoso ( He will be presenting about this last project – Akoma Ntoso – which is a set of common XML standards used in parliamentary, legislative and judiciary documents. He will draw from implementations they have done with with Kenya Law Reports.


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:

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