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All posts tagged "iHub"

  • iHub, Goethe Institut looking for art projects to fund in Kenya

    Kenyan innovation and hacker space iHub and Goethe Institut, have formed a partnership to fund creatives who use technology in their works. The programme, which is set to kick-start in the coming months, will see two applicants awarded funds to cover the productions of the artwork that they're expected to create. The artists will also be required to exhibit the artwork in a given timeframe. The organisers say that all the work must fall under the category of digital art as defined by Goethe Institut and iHub. Read more: The intersection of art and tech: we chat to Artsy’s...

  • BBC World Service announce selected teams from its hackathon in Kenya

    Two teams have been selected to help the BBC expand its reach through Africa following its hackathon held earlier in Kenya. The BBC World Service, Connected Studio and its digital innovations team joined forces to hold a hackathon at the iHub and Nairobi Garage in Nairobi. At the time of announcing the hackathon, Dmitry Shishkin, BBC World Service Group Digital Development Editor, said that the reasons for holding the hackathon in Kenya is that “the BBC wants to tap into the unique expertise of, and partner with, the Kenyan tech community to develop new innovative ways to grow the BBC's audience...

  • East African startup accelerator gets international attention

    East Africa has a new tech startup accelerator fund and it’s getting international attention. The Savannah Fund is a partnership between Mbwana Alliy, Paul Bragiel and iHub founder Erik Hersman and is “focused on finding and investing in East Africa’s highest potential pre-revenue startups”. According to Hersman, the “idea is to bring the Silicon Valley-style accelerator model to Africa, seeing what needs to be tweaked to make it work for our region”....

  • Nokia to house IMEA research centre in Nairobi

    Finnish communications giant Nokia has announced that Nairobi will be the new home of research and investment centre for the entire India Middle East and Africa (IMEA) region. The announcement was made by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop at an invite only event at the iHub, a well known tech incubator in Nairobi. Prominent blogger and iHub co-founder Erik Hersman broke the story with a tweet: Nokia has made a decision...

  • The reason Nairobi’s iHub works

    The iHub is Nairobi’s nerve centre for technology; a place where people can grab coffee, create apps, find funders and build businesses. It's where the community of web and mobile programmers connect with each other, businesses, the government and academia. A brief history There was a discussion at Barcamp Nairobi 2008 about how valuable it would be for the Kenyan tech community to have a static space of its own. No one...

  • Afrilabs provide a model for African innovation, collaboration

    In 2008 a couple of tech guys sitting around a table after Barcamp Nairobi first discussed the idea that eventually would become the heart of Kenyan innovation, iHub. In January 2010 there was another group, this time of people trying to setup their own labs, hubs and co-working environments in other countries across the continent. It was there that the idea for Afrilabs was born: An association of these facilities across the continent. The association is for linking the spaces for learning and growth, and to provide greater mass for the entrepreneurs that we work with. The labs serve as an...

  • African innovation truly coming of age

    A couple of years ago you didn’t hear the words "Africa" and "innovation" paired up quite as much as you do today. But just look at my schedule for the coming week, and you'll see how much things have changed. On Saturday I speak at TEDxAntananarivo in Madagascar, and my theme will be on the equal spread of innovation globally. On Monday I get back to Nairobi, only to shoot off to Naivasha for 3 days of the Open Innovation Africa Summit. The last year I’ve spent building out the Nairobi iHub (Innovation Hub). The Maker Faire Africa events in Ghana and...

  • Research finds Nokia still dominates mobile in Africa

    India has sent a clear message that it is watching Africa closely, especially after the impressive US$10.7-billion move by Indian telecoms giant Bharti Airtel to take over Zain Africa's mobile operations in 15 countries. Speaking recently at Kenya's technology centre, iHub, Ankit Rawal, head of African advertising for mobile advertiser inMobi, spent some time explaining why Africa is at the centre of mobile's global growth, backing it up with solid research . Ad Impressions From its July 2010 statistics, InMobi reveals that Africa has recorded over 2.8-billion mobile ad impressions, which is an 18.5% growth from just one month previously (June 2010). That’s an amazing...