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iHub By Jessica Colaço / December 2, 2011

Developer Community Launch – Hewani


Virtual Live will demonstrate an ecosystem where developers, producers of products & services, Telco’s and financial instruments can come together and work more efficiently and effectively through the power of the mobile handset.

The Hewani Appstore is in line with our strategy to simplify people’s lives and to take advantage of existing mobility tools & the tremendous growth in mobile money, drop in cost of smart phones, increased interest in mobile applications.

Players in the eco system have been swift to respond to the changes. The Government has been keen to develop locally relevant digital content through Tandaa sponsored and spearheaded by Kenya ICT Board. Telco’s have been keen to bring down the cost of data. Handset manufacturers have been instrumental to developing locally relevant and affordable Smartphone technology.

The developers
through partner institutions such as iHub, Telco sponsored mobile academies and universities have been keen to build have built numerous mobile applications and continue to do so every day. The missing link and the big question continue to be: how does the entire eco system generate enough revenue and hence achieve a level of sustainability.

The Hewani Appstore we are building will bring together the more than 4000+ mobile developers spread across Kenya developing apps across various technologies such as USSD, Windows J2ME, android, Symbian & SMS and will integrate the mobile apps created by the developers into numerous payment systems and hence create value & sustainability for all in the chain

This is the first of its kind worldwide!

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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