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iHub By Jessica Colaço / September 5, 2011

iHub: The impetus for synergy

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Imagine if there existed a social network that links up high school students and pre-University students to do community service on a very large scale! Imagine if multitudes of young people were organized to clean markets and streets, plant trees, reach out to children’s homes, elderly homes and hospitals, and most specially, transfer their knowledge as well as plant dreams in fellow young ones from weaker primary and secondary schools in Nairobi and Kenya at large who may be lacking inspiration. Active participation from the young towards nation building!

A Precious Blood Riruta High School student had this imagination two months ago and shared it with a couple of friends, the Principal and later on the entire school. Teddy Warria, a good friend of ours introduced us to Jessica Colaco, the manager of iHub. After interacting with her, dreams turned into reality in a matter of just two weeks because she introduced us to AkiraChix, a group of women who seek to promote women in technology welcomed our idea and decided to take it up.

The AkiraChix partnered with Simeon Oriko, the manager of the Kuyu project and run a two-week digital camp for us at the iHub. At this camp, we learnt about technology, social media tools, business skills, creativity, marketing skills and general life skills through constant interaction with Simeon, AkiraChix and other parties at the iHub.

The outcome of this has being the creation of AZMA – Ambitious and Zealous Movers of Africa. Our vision is that millions of people will use this platform to create events; companies will look to AZMA to arrange for Corporate Social Responsibility, the young people will engage themselves in constructive hang-outs and discussions.

Guest post by: Wangechi Mwangi, a final year student at Precious Blood Riruta High School and Co-Founder of AZMA

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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  • AZMA | Blog | The impetus for synergy at 08:57:04AM Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    [...] This post has been cross posted from the iHub blog. [...]


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