BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is Here!

barcamp logoBarCamp is an international network of user-generated unconferences primarily focused around technology and the Web. By definition, an unconference is a participant-driven meeting that tries to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.

BarCamps are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social software, and open data formats.

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 will be held on the 24th of August 2013 between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm collectively at the iHub, NaiLab and mLab located at the Bishop Magua Centre off Ngong Road, Opposite Uchucmi Hyper. The theme for BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is ‘The Next 50’. We aim to get the conversation going on where tech in Kenya will be in the next 50 years.

As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence this year, we have the unique and enviable opportunity to dream and contemplate what the next 50 years should look like and what role technology will play. As thinkers, technologists in various sectors, and citizens of Kenya we can begin the process of visualizing the future and shaping it.

Challenges such as access to healthcare, quality and equitable education, food security have their answers in technology and the possibilities are endless. There will come a time in the next 50 years when these issues will be non-issues so to speak. What will that future look like? What technologies will be pervasive? How will people interact and how will lives be affected and improved?

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is 100% free to attend provided you register in good time either via our web site at www.barcamp.co.ke or on EventBrite at https://barcampnbo2013.eventbrite.com/

Goodbye Mr.President

Is Kibaki still president? Yes. But as we prepare to say goodbye to the president and his family, here are some of my memorable moments of the Kibaki presidency.

1. The ‘First Lady’ on economic dressing.

2. When the President signed into law a bill giving him a hefty retirement send off package but rejected a second one that accorded MPs and other state officers almost similar comfort in retirement.

3. When the president asked us to hold dearly and permanently in our hearts, that he has only one wife, four children and relatives who are known.

4. When Mama Lucy addressed the crowd after shopping for hair products.

5. The President’s off the cuff speeches.

6. When Laban Ayieko alias “Fire” represented the President on Budget Day

Mr. President and his family provided good entertainment value. Goodbye Mr.President. Enjoy the retirement package. We ni mjanja!

What are some of your most memorable moments of the Kibaki presidency?