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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 17, 2011

Economic Leadership Day with the US Embassy


The Econ Section of the United States Embassy in Nairobi last Friday invited some of the iHub members to a round table discussion when they came to the iHub as part of their Economic Leadership Day. As a newly designated day for Economic Officers worldwide, They are encouraged to develop an activity which fits within the following tenets:

  1. Communicate,
  2. Empower,
  3. Develop the Next Generation,
  4. and Innovate.

This was an opportunity to meet with Embassy Economic officers (including the Economic Counselor and Deputy Economic Counselor) and USAID officers. Part of the discussions last Friday was the kinds of activities that each of them undertake at the Embassy (Econ activities and USAID development activities). The Embassy’s goal is to deepen the relationship between Kenya and the United States, both at a government level and with individuals.

They feel that the iHub and ICT/creative content are important for Kenya. They also wanted to hear about what the members thoughts are, especially as the innovators of the iHub, what kinds of projects they have been working on, what works and what doesn’t work while developing projects in Kenya, where they have seen success and where they have run into frustration!

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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