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iHub By Jessica Colaço / February 28, 2012

iHub Outreach Program: Egerton University and University of Eastern Africa, Baraton


The iHub has in the past engaged with different stakeholders and communities outside the tech domain with a view to identify and take advantage of opportunities as well as tackle challenges that arise from the synergy between the two communities.

In the recent past we have began formalizing this process into an outreach program that we believe will broaden avenues of opportunity for the community.

Recently, on invitation from Egerton University and the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, the iHub conducted an outreach program at the two institutions outlining the history and activities of Ushahidi, iHub, iHub Research, m:lab East Africa and Pivot East.

The program was primarily targeted at the tech community in academic circles

The objectives for this outreach are listed as follows:

  • Increase awareness of the iHub to the university developer community outside Nairobi
  • Identify synergy opportunities between the university fraternity and the iHub
  • Brainstorm ways to engage both communities in advancing the local developer ecosystem

Both events had a two part program: the first part a talk outlining the iHub and its related initiatives and the second part a brainstorming session on possible collaboration opportunities.

The key issues that arose from the brainstorming sessions are listed below:

  • The Western Kenya region has a strong academic hold that the iHub and the greater tech community can tap into with regard to research
  • Too many tech resources are concentrated in Nairobi. Need to create avenues to seed them to other tech communities in the country
  • University education isn’t meeting certain industry demands/needs. The iHub should partner with institutions to bridge the gap
  • Access to resources shared with the iHub members – especially those that can be shared virtually (heavily pegged on the writeboards)

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:

  • Elias Tenai at 14:51:25PM Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Look forward to the event.

  • Aziz Mola at 10:34:29AM Monday, March 5, 2012

    how do you get such a program to your university?

  • Moffat Ngacha at 18:40:33PM Monday, March 5, 2012

    This was great and we look into more ways of co-working with the iHub.
    View more of our events here

  • Simeon Oriko at 17:05:34PM Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Send me an email with your request:

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