iHub By Rachel Gichinga / March 14, 2013
The Mombasa Tech Community – Guest Post by Ahmed Maawy
The Mombasa Tech Community is the brainchild of Ahmed Maawy, Alifya Ganijee and Said Fuad Said. The major objective behind the formation of this community was to bridge the knowledge and exposure gap that exists between Nairobi and Mombasa, and ultimately Kenya’s coastal region on the whole. The region has a massive amount of tech talent, but has no direction or roadmap for the utilization of this talent. This tech talent faces tons of challenges when it comes to career growth and exposure. The Mombasa Tech Community therefore seeks to link this talent to the global village in order to have access to opportunities.
Ahmed came up with the idea of putting this group together when he initially moved to the Coast and did the first Ushahidi community meetup, after he had also done a Google Technology User Group meetup earlier that year. Together with his friends Said and Alifya, they charted a roadmap on how to create a technology community at the coast.
It has been a challenging journey, one that many other people had undertaken and had not managed to gain much traction. The team has therefore had to be unique and innovative in their approach. Having worked with the iHub before, Ahmed had seen how communities can be engaged and the value tech could add to the community. What works in Nairobi will not work in Mombasa, and it takes local people to understand the local values and cultures to get around getting things done in very innovative ways. With this in mind the team set out to carry out a very challanging task ahead of them.
One year after the conception of the idea, the team has worked with Mozilla, Wikipedia and Google to launch local events and contests within Mombasa, with the help of organizations such as CAMARA. This is only just the beginning, with more to come. There is still a lot of work to be done before we create a massive technology innovation center and community, and engage more and more partners, which is why the Mombasa Tech Community gives special thanks to the iHub in offering the community support in building the structure even further. The community envisions greater things to come through collaboration, and the sky shall be the limit. Here comes technology and innovation to the coast, in a blend that is tropical – and most important, in a blend that marches to the beat of the coastal people.
Bahati at 09:58:03AM Monday, March 18, 2013
Very nice… may be you can participate in the coming RHoK GloabalReply
nur at 10:45:17AM Monday, March 18, 2013
I pray it becomes a succesful venture.. coast region is greatly marginalised in tech advancements as a result the residents embracing of technology is lower as well.
Anthony Nandaa at 15:32:21PM Monday, March 18, 2013
Congrats friends for the initiative!Reply
Tony at 14:49:37PM Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Good post. Mombasa, by many has been considered behind & inert as far as technology is concerned. I myself base in the coast. I’ve had lot’s of experience and views from friends as to whether Mombasa will ever see technology as a drive key to success. Many have criticized this opinion saying Mombasa residents are far much behind but as a techie i say no to this assumptions and for sure this simple start-up iHub has invented here in coast will absorb and bring more young men & women to the tech industry. Am also on the request of joining you guys. If given a chance am sure am gonna change what people see behind coast tech development to something crisp and sharp as far as technology idea is concerned – Nice Post!!
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