African Startups in Nairobi for 1776 Challenge 2016

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photo credit: infodev

photo credit : infodev

The iHub is excited to be part of the 1776 Challenge for the second year in a row. The iHub’s mission is to catalyse the tech community and we do this by surfacing information, connecting people and supporting startups. We continuously spur a vibrant community of innovators and entrepreneurs to build ‘best in the world’ companies while solving the myriad of problems present in Africa and across the developing world.

The iHub and Nairobi Garage will co-host the Challenge Cup Regional Nairobi. The competing startups are winners of Challenge Cup local round events in Accra, Addis Ababa, Casablanca, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Pretoria and represent a global reach even more extensive than that.

Several Kenyan startups will also be represented including Lipacard Kenya, LishaBora Hydroponics Ltd, Angaza Boma, Boresha Limited, Moringa School Limited, Illuminum Greenhouses Kenya,, Valuraha Group and Ma3Route. Read more about the Challenge Cup startups here.

All the startups will have access to a pool of expert mentors including Duncan Onyango, Limo Taboi, Nivi Sharma, Dr. Zipporah Ali, Paul Achar and the iHub UX Team.

After two days of pitching coaching, mentor meetings, and rehearsing at the iHub and at Nairobi Garage, the competitors will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations and businesses to the judges and audience at the Kenya National Theatre on Thursday 18th February, 2016 from 6pm.

Join us for the pitching session at the Kenya National Theatre which is a public event. Come hear pitches from these high-potential companies from across Africa. Find out which world-changing startups will advance to the Global Finals of the Challenge Cup in Washington, D.C. in June 2016. This is also a great opportunity for other startups and entrepreneurs out there to learn how to attract interest and investment. It is an opportunity to meet local investors who will be in the audience looking for new deals to invest in. Register here to attend..

Who’s Your Data’s Daddy?

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Nairobi’s premier technology event is back for 2014! The 8th Barcamp Nairobi will be held on Saturday, 30th August, 2014. Barcamp is produced by Skunkworks Kenya – a disruptive collective of Kenya’s best looking and best skilled techies – and will be jointly hosted for the 2nd year by iHub, Nailab and m:Lab East Africa at Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road.

Barcamp is an unconference – participants run it. Anyone and everyone can attend. Please join us by registering here. Attendees set the agenda for what’s discussed, lead the sessions and workshops that fill the schedule, and create an environment of innovation and productive discussion.

Who should attend: the curious, the unconventional, the brilliant, the resilient, thinkers, hackers, crackers, builders, coders, techies, writers, artists, ninjas, everyone.

Come prepared to: share ideas, challenge ideas, engage with others

Bring: gadgets, code, designs, community attitude, friends, deodorant

Don’t bring: wordy powerpoint presentations, hubris, suits and ties

Hashtag #BarcampNBI

The theme for Barcamp Nairobi 2014 is:
Is privacy and security online possible in Kenya?

We entrust our most sensitive, private, and important information to private technology companies. At the same time the increasing usage of technology has attracted the attention of authorities eager to provide caveats on the openness of the Internet and the range of freedoms, which we enjoy online.

At Barcamp Nairobi 2014 we are eager to talk about privacy and surveillance, we will explore if there are any strategies and solutions that Kenyan citizens, corporations and governments are using to protect their privacy and security online.

Have time? Volunteer for Barcamp Nairobi 2014 here.

Have money? Sponsor Barcamp Nairobi 2014. Email for more information.

Want to attend? Register for Barcamp Nairobi 2014 here.

Want to speak? List your topic here.

Barcamp Nairobi 2014 is free to attend. Stay tuned to for more details.