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iHub By Jessica Colaço / January 6, 2012

Richard Von Kaufmann talk at the iHub

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On the 10th of January 2012, Richard von Kaufmann, the co-founder of Finland’s leading social media agency Zipipop, and Creative Director and Chairman at Reality Creating Media (RCM) will be giving a talk at iHub Nairobi from 6pm to 7pm about a candidate matching service called Shadow Election that RCM hopes to bring to Kenya in time for this year’s elections. He will also introduce the work they have been doing at Zipipop, and would be happy to answer questions about the Finnish startup scene in general.

In Finland, web-based candidate matching services (or election machines) are now part and parcel of the nation’s democratic life. They have become so popular that the major parties insist their candidates take part in them. These services have become a vital part of the electorates decision-making process, and have significantly expanded the opportunity for political dialogue. His presentation will explain how the current election machines work and why we decided to take a radically different approach with Shadow Election – a tool that also helps make sense of collective opinions.

At Zipipop, They believe the time has come to give people a stronger and more equal voice in the ongoing collaborative struggle between the public and those with the power to implement solutions. Vigorous deliberation lies at the heart of all successful democracies and we hope Shadow Election will add a powerful new space for constructive debate.

The first version of Shadow Election was trialled in the Finnish 2011 Parliamentary Elections. They are currently busy getting it ready for the Finnish Presidential Elections starting on 22 January 2012.

To attend this talk register here..

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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  • nancy wang at 09:20:17AM Monday, January 9, 2012

    HI I’d like to register for this talk please.


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