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iHub By Jessica Colaço / September 24, 2011

Synergistic Communities with Vinton Cerf


Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work.

On Thursday the 29th of September 2011 from 2.30pm – 6.30pm at the iHub, we will have a session dubbed : “Synergistic Communities.” This will be an interactive moderated session for the different communities in technology to share their ideas, insights and opinions. The program will be as follows:

Time Item Presenter
14.30h – 15.00h Welcome Remarks

iHub Overview and tech in Kenya

Jessica Colaco, iHub Manager and Research lead

Erik Hersman, iHub Founder

15.00h – 15.30h Speaker Introduction Dr. B. Ndemo

Prof. Vinton Cerf




15.30h – 16.15h Youth innovation, local content development and technical community session:

  • Working together with local innovators and Industry
  • Opportunities for global links
Open session with the speakers and the iHub Community moderated by Jessica Colaco and Alice Munyua
16.15h – 17.00h African internet oldies to share with the young community
Stefano Trumpy: Session co-chair
Adriana Lazzaroni, Laura Abba: RINAF project
George Sadosky, Charles Musisi, Shem Ochuodo, Ibukun Odusote
17.00h – 17.30h Refreshment Break Networking session with guests and iHub community
17.30h – 18.15h Fireside Chat with Vinton Cerf and Q and A Vinton Cerf
18.15h – 18.30h Closing Remarks Alice Munyua

Erik Hersman


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:

  • Arthur Mwai at 08:39:03AM Monday, September 26, 2011

    where is the link for registration?

  • Jessica Colaco at 10:31:22AM Monday, September 26, 2011

    Hi Arthur. The link is below the program

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  • Niti Bhan at 14:00:25PM Thursday, September 29, 2011

    My question would be:

    Given the challenges facing the ‘Internet’ in today’s world – privacy, net neutrality, security et al – if he had to do this all over again, would he still proceed to design it in the same way?

    (That is, keeping the open, sharing, cooperative/collaborative spirit of the original interwebz – particularly in the comparative context of the mobile based efforts which face challenges with walled gardens, interoperability and lack of standardization)

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