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iHub By Josiah Mugambi / September 25, 2013

Idd Salim Kithinji: back to code, no more


The iHub community sadly heard of the sudden passing on of Idd Salim from a short illness on the night of Tuesday, 24th Sept 2013.

Hacker, coder, ‘no holds barred’ blogger, blunt; these could describe Idd, and the Kenyan technology community is certainly weakened with his loss. He was one of the most talented people this country has had. We will definitely miss him – an easy going chap in person, keeping people on their toes online, and focused on his code – his customary blog sign off: ‘Wazi. Back to Code”.

We mourn him.

There will be a memorial *today* (25 Sept 2013) at 6pm at the NailabPlease RSVP here.

Mbugua Njihia, a classmate of Idd from Starehe, penned this in remembrance:



Author : Josiah Mugambi

Josiah Mugambi has had several years’ experience in ICT, including software solutions development and networking, and spent nine years working in the telecommunications space with NSN and Huawei. Josiah is one of the co-founders of Skunkworks, an informal gathering of Kenyan technology enthusiasts, have participated in organizing numerous meetings and talks bringing together mostly software & web developers, designers, engineers and bloggers to share their knowledge and network. Kenya’s first BarCamp was a result of this networking, and has been regularly held since then. One of the main aims behind the forming of this group is networking of common techies with the aim of spurring innovation amongst them. Additionally, Josiah has been involved in several startups.   He sat on the Board of Advisors at the Nairobi iHub from its inception before taking over as Executive Director from Erik Hersman in Sept 2013. He is also an iHub Trustee.

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