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iHub Research By Jessica Colaço / July 17, 2013

Summer Data Jam – Making Data Work For You Through Research


Global companies are generating data on a petabyte scale; this data contains valuable information that can drive insights, innovations and discoveries.

Data is the building block of information, fueling the algorithmic world. But with so much data being produced, how can we process it? Visualization techniques allow users to understand vast amounts of data that we can’t parse. Data analysis and visualization is not just for science, but humanities as well.

Through the Summer Data Jam, we are bringing together a fusion of students from different backgrounds and teaching them the basics of research and data visualization.

“Research is the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.”

According to Prof. Tim Waema from University of Nairobi, “ A researcher must learn to argue and defend their facts and conclusions

At the Summer Data Jam, we are teaching students how to think critically and form research postulates in their area of interest. They can then embark on the data journey of collection, cleaning, coding, analysis and reporting and create visualizations, using different visualization techniques. The Summer Data Jam will be running for the next 6 weeks and the final output will be presentations from the students.

In the next 6 months, iHub Research will officially launch its new Data Science and Visualization lab with the Summer Data Jam running once a year between July and August.

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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:

  • Sanjay Rane at 14:07:03PM Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Hi Jessica,

    Great to know about this event. I would like to attend the student final presentation session. Is it open for public? Can you send me an invite?


  • @mojo706 at 17:12:26PM Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Hey, how does one register?

  • Jessica Colaco at 21:20:40PM Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Hi. The applications for this year have closed.

  • Jessica Colaco at 21:21:31PM Thursday, July 18, 2013

    I will send you an invite. Thanks Jessica

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