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Caine Wanjau

iHub By Jessica Colaço / August 29, 2011

Green member with a Robotics Ardor


3 months ago, we introduced an iHub Robotics Initiative. We happy to announce that our first in-house robot is up and running. It is a DFRobotShop Rover and has an arduino based controller controlling it. The project is led by Caine Wanjau an esteemed green member at the iHub for the last one year.

Caine grew up and completed his primary and high school education in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon finishing high school, he went to Japan for a year to do his pre-University course, where he also learnt Japanese. According to Caine, it was an eye-opening and fun experience and encouraged him to think big especially in robotics. His next stop was Melbourne, Australia, where he did his undergraduate studies. He graduated with a degree in Computer Technologies, with a focus on Hardware Engineering. It is here he honed his skills in Hardware programming and robotics, and as part of his studies he designed numerous robots. He moved back to Kenya in November 2010 and is currently enrolled in the Safaricom Academy/Strathmore University Masters Program.

Caine assembling the robot at the iHub:

Caine getting ready to assemble the robot

The code is written in the wiring programming language, which is similar to C++. Caine has written some sample code to give the robot some functionality.

Sample Robotics Code

Moving forward, we plan to add extra functionality, such as external sensors and wireless control so as to make it a fully mobile and self-controlling device. We would like to invite anyone interested in programming robots or who would like to learn how to program robots to let us know by dropping us an email at

Caine and the robot


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:

  • Jackie Mutua at 11:11:58AM Monday, August 29, 2011

    Gudstuff Caine :)

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  • Wilfred Oluoch at 09:22:06AM Monday, September 5, 2011

    Way to Go. How about we organize a team to join the National Robotics competition that’s organized annually by JICA and the Ministry?

  • Kimando Emmanuel at 21:58:32PM Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    This is cool stuff.

    I got interests too in robotics. I have an academic robot I bought for my class projects way back with color, light, ultrasonic and sound sensors.

    Had researched and did projects on motion planning and control, inductive reasoning and visual based scene understanding under computer vision.

    On the brick, i had loaded NXTOsek, a firmware that has C++ APIs but can install a Java one too.

    It shouldn’t feel lonely anymore to me. Find me at the red corner and we can exchange much more!

  • irobot at 04:49:50AM Monday, October 17, 2011

    Looks like a DIY kit


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