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iHub By Jessica Colaço / October 8, 2011

iHub at the IGF


In the just concluded Internet Governance Forum (IGF) whose theme; Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation, one could not fail to spot a member from the iHub in the UN Office at Gigiri.

With innovation playing a very dominant role in the Kenya’s technology sector, iHub members in their respective roles as individuals and teams, contributed their experiences and sagacity in various workshops.

Erik Hersman sat as a panelist in workshops 108 and 212 dealing with topics ranging from mobile, cloud computing, privacy and security in the real time connected world. He shares his involvement in his post .

Juliana Rotich from Ushahidi was invited to participate as a panel member in workshop 75: Putting users first-How can privacy be protected in today’s complex mobile ecosystem.

Paul Muchene an Internet Society (ISOC) ambassador was remotely moderating workshops touching on themes from cyber crime, mitigating DNS attacks, freedom of expression on the Net and youth participation in Internet Governance.

Back at the iHub, the atmosphere was abuzz with activity and excitement as Internet and cyber luminaries shared with the community their intimate insights in the technologies they helped to forge and develop. The most notable eminence was Vint Cerf one of the Fathers of the Internet  and Google’s Chief technology evangelist who gave anecdotes of his work from the hey days of ARPANET to the modern Internet.

From left: Jessica Colaço (iHub, Nairobi); Vinton Cerf (Google); Adel El Zaïm (IDRC) and James Rege (Member of Parliament, Kenya).

Indeed the iHub community was galvanised during the IGF either as participants, workshop contributors or moderators. Being the very first IGF in Sub Saharan Africa, the iHub left an indelible positive impression to the many delegates who were in attendance.

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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