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Gearbox By Jessica Colaço / September 9, 2013

Gearbox – A Space for Tinkering and Making Things


Gearbox is a new makerspace in Kenya.The culture of making in Kenya has been there for decades and sometimes passes unnoticed in the form of Jua Kali artisan merchandise, carpenters and woodworkers, metal tinkerers, artists, welders, and electronic technicians. Closer home, we’ve grown a community of hardware and electronics enthusiast we call iHub Robotics. This is an ever growing community of tech enthusiasts, hackers and makers who enjoy building hardware projects. iHub Robotics organises hackathons, boot camps, workshops and meetups aimed at bringing people together to share, build and create.

The iHub over the last three years built a diverse community of techies working in software, many of whom have been able to grow their ideas into business ventures that focus on the needs of emerging markets. Based on the success of the iHub, both in sparking innovation in Kenya and inspiring the setup of similar hubs in the continent,  we want to create a makerspace. We want a space that makes tools and high-tech equipment available to the community who are passionate about creating new technologies and innovative ideas, as an extension of the ideas created.

Photo credit: MakerFaire Africa 2010

Photo credit: MakerFaire Africa 2010

We’re calling it the Gearbox- Nairobi’s first makerspace and open rapid prototyping space.  Gearbox will be a space for all kinds of makers- electronics tinkerers, hardware enthusiasts, artists and designers.

Gearbox will be a unique space for members for showcase their innovative ideas, as well as share skills while providing a platform for capacity building in line with the integration of hardware skills with the vast software expertise available.

A quadcopter built by Liz, a member of iHub Robotics

A quadcopter built by Liz, a member of iHub Robotics

We’re excited to have you be a part of this and join us on by registering here.


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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:

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  • timothy kosuri at 19:49:48PM Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Kindly send me an invite,i know about power tools,and all things hardware, could help make a dent on this

    i can be reached too on 0721934347



  • BOB RAPHTONE AFWATA at 19:32:58PM Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Thanks alot for this its indeed a marvelous opportunity for techies to build and design wonderful hardware to match the upcoming and booming software dev i attended the resberry pi training organised by gearbox and it was amazing keep it up

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