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03 October 2016 » iHub Blog

PIVOT East, a startups competition and conference geared towards raising the quality of startups in the region and improving their investability, has unveiled semifinalist for this year’s competition. The semifinalists totaling 50 will be competing to be in the list of 25 exceptional startups set to fight it out for market recognition and investor interest …

23 August 2016 » iHub Blog

Early last month, iHub partnered with uWakili an online legal services platform to provide specific pro bono legal services to the iHub and m:lab startups. uWakili is an online legal services platform that provides Kenyan businesses and individuals access to cost-effective and easy-to-use online legal services The partnership entails virtual legal consultation office hours for …

22 August 2016 » iHub Blog

PIVOT East, East Africa’s premier mobile startups pitching competition and conference will be held on 15th November 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. One of the objectives that the event aims to achieve each year is “to raise the quality of mobile startups in the region and to improve their investability”. The 2016 edition is being organized …

17 August 2016 » iHub Blog

On November 15th, East Africa’s premier startups pitching competition and conference will take place in Nairobi.  The Call for applications is open and the deadline for submitting applications for the competition is on 8th September. Application  is open to all residents of the Eastern African countries of Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan, DRC, Ethiopia, …

12 August 2016 » iHub Blog

Slush Global Impact Accelerator Kenya pitching event was held on 11th August at the iHub. The event saw nine startups battling for a chance to represent Kenya at the Global Impact Accelerator Program, Slush 2016, which will be held at Helsinki in Finland from 22nd November – 2 December 2016. Slush Global Impact Accelerator is …

11 August 2016 » iHub Blog

PIVOT East 2016 is finally here! The organizing team is excited to officially announce the open call for applications for the PIVOT East 2016 edition. PIVOT East is Africa’s biggest startups competition and conference held annually since 2011. The competition comprises of a series of activities that will culminate in the finalists conference which will …

10 August 2016 » iHub Blog

PIVOT East is a startup competition and conference held annually since 2011. PIVOT East has officially opened the call for applications for its 2016 edition and will continue to accept applications until midnight EAT on 8th September 2016. Startups from across the region that meet the requirements can start applying for the competition. Startups may …

10 August 2016 » iHub Blog

PIVOT East is a startup competition and conference held annually since 2011. PIVOT East has officially opened the call for applications for its 2016 edition and will continue to accept applications until midnight EAT on 8th September 2016 .The competition has five categories; Finance, Enterprise, Entertainment, Utilities and society & Governance.  The applicants will be …

20 July 2016 » iHub Blog

Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud,” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources – everything from applications to data centers – over the Internet on a pay-for-use basis. According to Ben Gram, when talking about the cloud, we are talking broadly about online storage, tools, and services that make it easier for …

14 July 2016 » iHub Blog

Entrepreneurs face many challenges when running a startup. While they tend to focus their efforts on the development and growth of their startups, they typically overlook the legal risks that their startup may face. The cost of hiring a lawyer may lead founders to not seek legal advice in the critical formative stages of the …

29 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Many reports have been written about The Kenya Open Data Initiative and how it has died. Many have questioned how government projects run and if Open Data in Kenya is facing the same fate. What a lot of people have not realized is that beyond the portal www.opendata.go.ke open data is a concept. Open Data […]

28 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Since mid-2014, our  Data Science Lab has been pleased to host local data scientists at informal monthly meet-ups. These have been fantastic ways for us to get to know the exciting projects going on in the community, provided new opportunities to do more work in this field and network  with other data scientists. We would […]

27 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Open and Collaborative Science (OCS) is a movement that aims to change the traditional culture of research by making the production and dissemination of scientific evidence inclusive and publicly accessible. Open approaches to science include increased sharing of research plans and data, participatory citizen science, distributed “crowdsourced” forms of data collection and innovative models for […]

26 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Following last December’s  tour of the East Africa Data Centre (EADC) the following features and facilities of the dat  centre are being offered to Kenyan tech startups, developers and entrepreneurs. Floor Space: Tier 3 data centre with 2,000m across four 500m floors Rack Space: Each floor can hold up to 160 racks, ensuring a maximum […]

24 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Saturday, January 17th,  was an exceptional day at the iHub. With approximately 150 people in attendance, the very first Entrepreneurship Forum of the year kicked off. The theme for the forum was Energy and Energy Efficiency. The official speaker of the day, Dr. Jay Taneja, a senior research scientist at  IBM Research – Africa  made […]

23 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Guest Post Have you ever dreamed of building your own website but don’t know where to start?  Come to Moringa School’s one-day workshop and we’ll teach you how!  We’ll take you from the very basics to more advanced concepts, covering everything you need to know about building your own website. The workshop will be lead by […]

22 January 2015 » iHub Blog

iHub is proud to host the very first Challenge Definition Day of the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge on January 29th (9:00 to 15:00). Negawatt is an open-innovation challenge competition that will leverage Nairobi’s rich ecosystem of entrepreneurs and technology hubs to surface software, hardware, and new business solutions capable of transforming the city into a […]

22 January 2015 » iHub Blog

The other day I was in Europe for the holidays and there, for the first time, I experienced the joys of the technology innovations Uber and AirBnB. Fascinating, interesting and definitely a must try. How with a mobile app, you have a place to stay, how to move around all privately. Just bring your own […]

22 January 2015 » iHub Blog

For some time last year, the first thing you saw when you visited the website of a company called Able Wireless was a documentary titled The Internet’s Own Boy. The film tells the story of Aaron Swartz, who has been described as a programming prodigy, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and internet hacktivist. Among other things, […]

22 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Guest Post After a first successful intake, Tigo and Millicom’s tech incubator in Rwanda, think, opened applications for the 2nd cohort. think calls for high-potential, Africa-focused technology companies to apply for a 6-month accelerator program in Rwanda.   In this second round, think  seeks to support exceptional tech startups to develop innovative digital solutions for Africa. Selected companies […]

22 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in some 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta teamed up with Microsoft in 2014 to create a better way to train farmers in rural Kenya. We have a prototype being piloted but are looking for talented […]

22 January 2015 » iHub Blog

  Guest Post Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi is a global hub for digital innovation that will support a generation of entrepreneurs from the UAE and abroad to launch digital businesses in Abu Dhabi and scale to regional and global markets. Supported by twofour54, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will support startups at idea, early, and growth phases, with a […]

20 January 2015 » iHub Blog

We’ve had a very successful first year with the Intel Student Partner Program, which is an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Intel and their universities. This program is designed to enable students at leading universities across the country to have the opportunity to work closely with Intel and understand our latest technologies. The […]

19 January 2015 » iHub Blog

World Bank World Development Report 2016 (WDR) Consultation Breakfast Hosted at the iHub, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road, Wednesday 28 January, 0900-1100   It is unquestionable that the world has experienced a digital evolution over the last decade. This evolution has significantly contributed to the growth of economies. In Kenya, the Internet is transforming the […]

19 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Guest Blog: CODE-IP Content Development & Intellectual Property (or “CODE-IP”) Trust is a Kenyan nonprofit organisation established to promote an enabling environment for local content development and its intellectual property protection. Among our interventions include engagement on local content policy, law and regulation with policy makers, Creative Economy stakeholders (they include cinematographers  and various television productions […]

19 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Last year, m:lab East Africa conducted a training sponsored by Microsoft 4Afrika on universal apps (Windows Phone and Windows 8) and Windows Azure development, which run for six weeks at the m:lab East Africa training facility. This year, from 9th Feb – 20th March 2015, we will be conducting another Windows training at the m:lab training facility. […]

17 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Kahenya Kamunyu is one of those figures you cannot fail to notice. If you are conversing with him, you find yourself doing most of the listening. Not because he is domineering. No, au contraire, it is because he makes a lot of sense. If he stands before an audience, he captures everybody’s attention with his […]

16 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Late last year, two members from Totohealth, Felix Kimaru, the Founder and Executive Director, and Malele Ngalu, the Marketing Lead traveled to Finland to take part in one month acceleration program under Startup Sauna. Startup Sauna is an initiative that works with promising early stage startups to prepare them for market entry or raising funding. Totohealth is a […]

09 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Have you developed an app that solves a real world problem? Do you want the chance to make it grow for use beyond Kenyan borders? Then please sign up here and join us for a talk with Jessica Berlin, founder of Berlin Bridge, at iHub 4th floor at 5:30 – 7:00  on Friday, 16th January. Berlin Bridge […]

09 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Guest post by Laura Harrison (BBC Connected Studio) xxx BBC Connected Studio have been working with BBC World Service on a project to help grow reach to young audiences in Africa. Our project is split into a few separate areas but all are looking at new digital innovative ways of accessing BBC content. As part of […]

08 January 2015 » iHub Blog

On Saturday, 29th November 2014 Dr. Ndemo hosted iCow‘s Su Kahumbu at our monthly entrepreneurs forum. According to Su, one of the biggest problems we’re having globally is that farming communities are ageing. In Kenya, the average age of the farmer is 55 years. iCow works to encourage more young people to venture into agriculture, […]

08 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Guest Post We have the pleasure to inform you that at @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University is organizing a 2 months Certificate in Mobile Development for the Android platform. The program will run from Jan 19–March 19 2015. The course targets Form four Leavers and Undergraduate students with a passion for Programming. The course will focus on helping the students to become android application […]

07 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Guest Blog The editors, Dr. Bitange Ndemo and Tim Weiss, seek to enhance and invigorate together with practitioners and scholars the dialog surrounding business environments and entrepreneurship in Kenya. The book is strategically positioned to contribute to the international management literature on startups, (ICT) entrepreneurship, business environments and doing business in Africa. Current publications tend […]

07 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Its a new year and the data lab is exploring new ideas. Subsequent to open-sourcing the UmatiCodebase, we are setting up a developer group to extend the functionalities of the Umati Data Logger. These functionalities include but are not limited to:   Adding data sources (RSS feed e.t.c). User management. Data visualization. Execution optimisation.   […]

05 January 2015 » iHub Blog

Got a cool idea? Interested in technology? Want to upgrade your business skills? Intel Corp has just signed a partnership with She Leads Africa to host educational workshops for tech entrepreneurs in cities across the continent. The series of workshops kicks-off in Nairobi on January 24 and will then move to Johannesburg, Lagos and many more. Join […]

04 January 2015 » iHub Blog

At lunch the other day with a really good friend and colleague we were talking about what it means for us now that 2015 is finally here.     To sum it up in one word: ‘anxiety’. I mean, it’s easy to sit in 2014 and make plans to be executed the next year. Easy to […]

21 December 2014 » iHub Blog

The technology scene in Kenya has grown rapidly over the 1st half of the decade.  Behind this steady growth lies the emergence of tech hubs, government support and of course the emergence of different technologies. The emergence of tech hubs and labs and institutions like mlab East Africa, iHub, Nailab, Emobilis, Growth Hub amongst many others have proved to be great initiatives […]

16 December 2014 » iHub Blog

The Una Hakika? project, which iHub Research is proud to support, focuses on creating an information system in which crowdsourced data is used to map the origins and flow of misinformation within the Tana Delta while also testing the effectiveness of countermeasures in order to reduce the influence of misinformation. MORE ABOUT THE UNA HAKIKA? PROJECT HERE. The […]

16 December 2014 » iHub Blog

By: Nyambura Mutanyi The morning of Saturday, 15th November saw over 15 children troop into the iHub UX Lab for the first global Children’s Designathon. Organised in five cities across the world, it was a chance for children to craft solutions to the problems that affect cities. This event doubled up as the iHub’s Maker […]

14 December 2014 » iHub Blog

On 9th December 2014, m:lab East Africa hosted a Demo Day to celebrate the journey of four high impact ventures from our accelerator program called Mobile Impact Ventures Program. The event dubbed “Demo Day”  saw the four impact ventures namely; Afya Mobi Solution, Mbegu Capital, SokoNect and Tumakaro showcase their product and solution to investors, […]

08 December 2014 » iHub Blog

Guest Post By: Daniel Winter Since the emergence of money as a technology for the facilitation of trade and exchange approximately 5000 years ago, there have been differences of opinion as to how best to go about “sharing the wealth,” “growing the economy,” and other such politically prominent slogans.  Humanity has traversed an arduous journey through […]

08 December 2014 » iHub Blog

Guest Blog By:  Claire WIlkinson Last week hundreds of people in the Kibera slums marched, sang and chanted for the right of every child to get an education as the #UpForSchool campaign was launched in Kenya. In an amazing show of support from local charity Shining Hope for Communities, run by Kennedy Odede, more than […]

06 December 2014 » iHub Blog

Only 32% of Kenyan students enroll in high school. Most fail their high school exit exams or are ill equipped to finish primary school. This is due to different reasons such as a high student to teacher ratio (often 50:1), lack of individualized attention, and lack of accessible, quality study materials. Eneza Education provides a […]

05 December 2014 » iHub Blog

  The East Africa Data Centre is a carrier-neutral data centre along Mombasa Road. On December 10th 2014,  the EADC is showcasing  their ultra modern facility to the Kenyan tech community. At 2000 sq/m across four floors, it is the largest Tier 3 data centre in east and central Africa. Purposely built to international standards, […]

05 December 2014 » iHub Blog

By Sidney Ochieng On November 21st, 2014, iHub Research’s Data Lab open sourced the code used for the Umati project. The project seeks to better understand dangerous speech (speech with a potential to catalyze violence) in the Kenyan online space. Content monitored includes tweets, status updates and comments, posts, and blog entries. Below is a brief overview of […]

04 December 2014 » iHub Blog

Guest Blog By: Frank Tamre A season of growth came to an end for the Game Developer Community! From a small group of 5developers to larger numbers of 36 developers; From 2 Game titles to over 28 titles produced; from 2 Gaming studios to 7Studios…The community has experienced growth. Created with a vision and objective to […]

02 December 2014 » iHub Blog

  Ash Maurya talks about not counting your users like sheep http://practicetrumpstheory.com/dont-count-yourusers-like-sheep/ in coming up with metrics and not using declarative funnels to decide if your users are now customers. Jesus Christ also talks about sheep “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. 12 The hired man, […]

01 December 2014 » iHub Blog

This is post about questions. Questions that we are asking, and those that pose themselves. This post is also about education. Education is an emotive subject. A controversial one still. Several people have varied ideas on how to pass knowledge, with a huge crop currently lobbying for the abolition of the 8-4-4 system in Kenya. […]

01 December 2014 » iHub Blog

The Intel AppThwack Challenge offers developers the opportunity to test their apps on Intel architecture without having to have physical devices in order to do so. AppThwack allows developers and QA teams to quickly and automatically test Android, iOS, and web apps on hundreds of real, non-emulated devices. After uploading an app, AppThwack automatically installs […]

01 December 2014 » iHub Blog

What uniquely defines entrepreneurship in Kenya? I’d say three things:   1. Drive And by drive I mean an almost suffocating need to succeed. This manifests in several ways. There are those entrepreneurs who can’t seem to catch a break (just yet), but heck nothing seems to stop them. Season after season you see them […]

01 December 2014 » iHub Blog

Zambia is approximately 3,200 KM from Nairobi, yet in this South African country sits an inspiring group of people looking to grow and inspire a tech community just like the iHub did and continues to do in Nairobi. I joined the BRCK team on an expedition to Johannesburg South Africa over land, with 3 motorbikes […]

30 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Reloop Interactive, a Game Development Studio that makes mobile, web and Console Games, in partnership with m:lab East Africa, will conduct a mobile game development training with Unity 3D. The training will run from the 12th of January, 2015 till the 6th of February 2015. The training will be conducted at the m:lab training room and […]

28 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Guest Post By: Mzalendo  Nairobi, 28th November 2014 – Mzalendo Trust has today launched the People’s Shujaaz Awards - an initiative to celebrate Parliamentarians that have excelled in championing issues of great public interest in Parliament – the National Assembly and Senate. The Parliamentarians were selected based on bills moved, contributions to bills, motions raised and statements issued from […]

26 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Intel Corporation has a new and exciting initiative in Kenya. The company has brought together 7 leading PC vendors to sell under one roof and offer very attractive discounts. This event is the first of its kind where schools, consumers and businesses will have an opportunity to get up to 30% discounts on selected PCs. […]

25 November 2014 » iHub Blog

To learn more about digital jobs in Kenya, read our full report here Kenya is known as “Africa’s economic powerhouse” and is now classified as a middle income country. The country is known as Africa’s “Silicon Savannah” and a successful tech sector is contributing an estimated 12 per cent to the country’s GDP every year. Yet over 40% of Kenyan […]

24 November 2014 » iHub Blog

For the past year, iHub Research has been conducting a study on the impact of ICTs on governance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Specifically, we set out to assess how ICTs are facilitating interaction between governments and citizens in the areas of civic participation (transparency and accountability), access to information, monitoring government service delivery (health, […]

23 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Guest Post:  Minerva Schools Based in San Francisco, Minerva was founded by a stellar team of educationists and entrepreneurs as the first Ivy-league Caliber University launched in 100 years. The Minerva Schools at KGI provide an extraordinary education for the world’s brightest and most motivated students; reimagining higher education to be uniquely global, rigorous, and accessible through: […]

23 November 2014 » iHub Blog

In this Thursday’s edition of TechTrend, BitPesa, a FinTech company offering international money transfers to Kenya through the use of the digital crypto currencies and Bitcoin Protocol, would like to demonstrate to Kenyan developers, startups and online businesses how they can easily, cheaply and quickly monetize their applications by accepting Bitcoin. Indeed Kenyan developers have had […]

21 November 2014 » iHub Blog

With 10 days to go until the deadline for implementation of the Cashless PSV system in Kenya, we want to revisit the issues at play and inquire as to our readiness as a country. Have you found any cashless systems installed on your routes? What has your experience using the system been? Share with us […]

20 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Two of the world’s foremost incubators join forces to identify Kenya’s most promising startups as part of global competition Challenge Cup 2015, is a global competition that spans 16 cities in 11 countries to identify the most promising startups with the best ideas to solve the world’s biggest challenges. The Nairobi event, which will be […]

19 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Guest Blog:  Michael Kimani  What is Bitcoin? – A puzzling question posed by everyone coming across Bitcoin for the first time. The Bitcoin Kenya Meet up group regularly convenes at the iHub for monthly open discussions on this subject. The discussion on November 5 was ‘BitLegal Status Around the World’ – a cursory look at what regulators […]

18 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Early this year, the UXlab conducted a Practical UX Skills training. The three month programme was open to designers, developers and those involved in Product Development. The lab, which is almost two years old now has organized events and other activities to encourage the practice of User Experience methods and increase awareness of UX. These include an […]

18 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Guest Post By: Paul Birkelo Calling all inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, hackers, and makers of things in the name of designing and building great stuff right here in Nairobi! Gearbox is hosting our first (of many) Hardware Innovators Meetups at Pete’s Coffee on the ground floor of the Bishop Magua building (below the iHub) this Thursday (the […]

17 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Just last week, iHub Consulting announced its new batch of consultants. iHub Consulting coordinates teams to work on exciting projects. Orchestras, though certainly not the teams being referred to here, are some of the best-organized outfits, churning out successful projects year in, year out. I have found, in my experience, playing an instrument requires a […]

16 November 2014 » iHub Blog

Chamasoft is an investment group management software that aims at streamline the operations of chamas. The software enables Chamas to overcome challenges they face such as lack of transparency, poor communication and the lack of a simple system where members can check their balances and receive automated reminders on group activities. A  chama is an […]

16 November 2014 » iHub Blog

The AMPION Bus is coming to town and would like to meet the Nairobi tech community!AMPION is the start-up road trip, an entrenpreneurial boot-camp on wheels. The AMPION East Africa is taking place from November 15th to November 19th 2014 and will bring together entrepreneurs from the region. We will be driving in a bus through […]

14 November 2014 » iHub Blog

The ICT and Governance in East Africa study explores the various ways in which ICT tools can/have successfully facilitated or hindered two way interaction between government and citizens towards effective public service delivery, curbing corruption, rights/access to information, as well as increasing transparency and accountability. After successful interviews and Focus Group Discussions in Uganda and […]

14 November 2014 » iHub Blog

iHub Consulting is pleased to announce its new batch of consultants. It has been a long journey selecting this new group. The applicants had to go through the following steps: Application – we did a call for application on the 2nd of October 2014. We received 64 applications. A more detailed post about the call […]

14 November 2014 » iHub Blog

There is a pitch competition coming up and could be very interesting for many of you:   - Pitches can be done via videoconferencing - There is no fee for participation - Applications can be submitted in English, German, French, or Italian - You don’t need to be Swiss to participate   Swiss Innovation Challenge […]

14 November 2014 » iHub Blog

The Waza Experience Program closed off this year with a bang, some puffs of smoke and tons of excitement. This year saw the Waza students grow in leaps and bounds, with the kids learning and working through exciting social challenges they face and how technology can be used to solve for these. Going from empathy […]