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iHub By Jessica Colaço / March 16, 2011

Focus group discussion for mobile developers


Informal, Interpersonal networks and Innovation

The relationship between informal, interpersonal networks and innovation has in various quarters been considered a significant factor for success of innovation initiatives. In East Africa’s mobile industry understanding this relationship has become an important factor especially as governments and development partners strive to understand how better to catalyse the growth of the industry in the region.

On Monday 21st March 2011, at 11.00am, the iHub will host a focus group discussion among mobile application developers in Nairobi to explore the above relationships. The discussion will be facilitated by Maja Andjelkovic, a Research and Project Officer with the World Bank’s infoDev. During the session we will be attempting to critically assess the expectation that informal networks contribute to innovation success.

Mobile application developers in Nairobi are invited to share their thoughts on the contribution of their existing and potential informal, interpersonal networks to their innovation success or failure through this forum. The session will run for two hours and will be followed by lunch for participants.

This focus group discussion is happening a week after a similar event held at Kampala’s Hive Colab. In addition to bringing together mobile developers to critically think through the matters that affect their success, the findings and recommendations from these discussions will go a long way to inform the design of policies and programs of governments, incubator programs and other players in East Africa’s mobile ecosystem.

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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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