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iHub By Mugethi Gitau / May 12, 2014

Fireside Chat – Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab Director)


iHub and Ushahidi are pleased to announce a special Fireside chat at the iHub at 5 pm on Monday, May 26, hosted by Juliana Rotich and David Kobia, co-founders of Ushahidi and Trustees of the iHub.

Our guest is MIT Media Lab Director, Joi Ito, whose nine principles of innovation in the age of the Internet will likely ring true with many of our own iHub’s techpreneurs. Key aspects of the discussion will include the culture of making and innovation at the Media Lab, as well as thoughts on pop-up infrastructure, entrepreneurship and tech ecosystems.

iHub is increasingly a nexus point not only for Nairobi’s tech community, but also for the global technology ecosystem and we are happy to have colleagues from MIT like Joi join and lend insight as we further the growth of technology in Kenya.

iHub’s Fireside Chats are a forum for the Nairobi tech community to engage with and be inspired by relevant local and global thought leaders. We look forward to a high quality discussion with active participants.

Please go here to register for your free ticket (required).

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About Joi Ito

Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of Sony Corporation, Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, and The Mozilla Foundation. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in numerous companies, including Flickr, Six Apart,, littleBits, Formlabs, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honours include TIME magazine’s “Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web.” In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2013, he received an honorary D.Litt from The New School in New York City.

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Author : Mugethi Gitau

Mugethi Gitau is an all round creative. A techie by training, she is into all things design - Graphics, fashion, interiors. A writer of fiction and a poet, and tech/gadget blogger on Mugethi has a rich mix of experience ranging from training, community development and advocacy, research and design. A people's person, she enjoys linking the iHub Tech Community with each other, investors/corporates, academics and other stakeholders. She has a dream that one day, Kenyan techies will innovate their own computers and mobile devices and people all over the world will buy them. And use them.

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