Nairobi is a tech hub, not like the big stuff we see in the US and UK, but its starting and we are on our way there. Big innovations have been born here, and had a great impact in the world and the society. Tech thrives, commands business, improves business. PAYING for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. Launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile-network operator, it is now used by over 17m Kenyans, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the adult population; around 25% of the country’s gross national product flows through it. M-PESA lets people transfer cash using their phones, and is by far the most successful scheme of its type on earth. “Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money”? This was a question in The Economist.
Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, has transformed into a technology epicentre. An agile mobile banking system has created new market opportunities for digital entrepreneurs. 4G internet connections became more and more affordable and still are mobile payment services are booming up and the promising startup scene and ecosystem constantly is reinventing their offerings. Silicon Savannah has positioned itself as an epicentre of startup weekends, innovations meet ups, accelerators, incubator events and investors get together. True to that form, Nairobi has one of East Africa’s highest concentrations of US dollar millionaires accounting for 8400 in number as of 2016.
Kenya government at the forefront of technology development – investors are being lured to invest in Nairobi, and are heeding the call positively so and the city has positioned itself as an investor friendly city by being open to aid agencies, development funds and foreign NGO’s. The birth of M-Pesa revolution by Vodafone in 2003 and subsequent launch by Safaricom in 2007. This revolution inspired many to be tech entrepreneurs and proactively launch startups. The launch of iHub in 2010 – as an open space for startups, positioned Kenya’s capital, Nairobi as the future of startups, technology and innovation. Since then, we have seen the growth in shared spaces around the city.
@iLabAfrica is a Centre of Excellence in ICT innovation and Development based at Strathmore University. It was established to address the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) and to contribute toward Kenya’s Vision 2030. The research center is involved in interdisciplinary research, students engagement, collaboration with government, industry and other funding agencies. With a client list that includes some of the largest software engineering and telecommunications companies in the world, you can rest assured that your product development endeavors are in good hands with @iLabAfrica Whether you’re looking to augment your existing engineering team, or completely outsource your software engineering, you’ll find that iLabAfrica provides cost-effective solutions, custom tailored to meet the needs of your business.
This will be the home of our fourth edition of Joomla Day Kenya, #jdayke16 which will be on 17th September 2016. The Secretariat for JDKE is proud to be working with @iLabafrica in making this event a success. Joomla day events brings together tech enthusiasts, developers, programmers and designers to a table of networking, interaction and learning. With great support from OSM, Joomla day events have thrived and increased in cities all over the world. We welcome you to this great event, and we would like to thank our great sponsors without them it will not be possible to have this event. Open source Matters for great leadership and support for our Joomla Day Event, Akeeba Backup, Web357, NorrNext, Kenya Website Experts, Netrix Business Systems, Joomlashack and cmsafrica. @iLabafrica our host and venue sponsors for their great support. For those out there who wish to partner with us, our door is still open for you.
See you at the #jdayke16