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iHub By Jessica Colaço / February 29, 2012

*iHub_ Robotics Initiative

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The *iHub_ robotics initiative started last year as a way for members with interest in computer hardware and robotics to have a platform to share ideas and collaborate. Towards this end, the iHub also purchased an Arduino based DF robot for members to code and to use to sharpen their hardware skills.


This culminated in the first ever meet up for hardware enthusiasts last year at the *iHub_where members came together and shared ideas on hardware programming and the members also got to work with the DF robot.

For new (and existing) green members looking to join the initiative there are a couple of ways you can get involved:

  • Join the *iHub_ robotics group, which can be found at Use the forum to ask robotics-related questions and to contribute to discussions as well. The group email is
  • Come and play around with the In-house robot, and improve on it. We encourage members to add peripherals to the robot to give it extra functionality. Contact for access to the robot.
  • Members are also encouraged to bring along any hardware and robotics projects they have done and share with other members.

This year, we are planning to partner with Universities and Higher Education institutions so that members can have a better feel of the process that goes into designing and commissioning computer hardware and robots.

As a bonus, if there are final year Electrical Engineering students looking for advice, the *iHub_ robotics coordinators (Caine and Juliette) have offered to give free advice to students on how to go about their projects. You can contact them at:

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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  • Kamau at 04:06:47AM Monday, March 5, 2012

    This is actually quite commendable,
    I hope the robot(s) is/are programmable from a bit high-level, for the sake of those interested in doing AI research in robotics


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