On Saturday 7th March, the iHub celebrated its 5th Anniversary at the Nairobi Arboretum Park. The event which seemed more like a tech festival started from as early as mid-day and was attended by thousands of Kenyans in the Tech space.
The event which had a host of activities such as the Jobs fair and the actual party, hosted various startup companies as well various corporate companies that have supported the iHub over the years. The highlight of the event for me was in the evening, soon after the short speeches were made. 100 individuals including a few entities were awarded for their contribution in making the Kenyan Technology space what it is now through their hard work in the various fields of ICT .
The list was made up of names that were both submitted by the community as well as people that the iHub Advisory Board added. Each of the award winners was given an asterisk shaped iHub trophy with the inscriptions ” iHub 5 Year Community Award”
15 Kenyan Women in Tech and 2 Tech entities started and run by women were awarded for their valuable contribution in what is still largely a male dominated field. We appreciate and applaud these women who are trailblazers for all women aspiring for careers in Tech not just in Kenya but in Africa.
Dr. Shikoh Gitau-Nyaga – Researcher, ex-Google, Mentor, Entrepreneur
Dorcas Muthoni – Entrepreneur, Mentoring and Training school girls in Tech
Grace Githaiga – Getting people talking policy stuff on KICTANET
Rebecca Wanjiku – One of the great tech journalist of Kenya, and a proven entrepreneur building Fireside Communications
Dr. Monica Kerretts-Makau – For representing the tech ecosystem at CCK/CAK and Strathmore
Hilda Moraa – Passion for supporting startups, helping start iHub Research, Wezatele Cofounder
Akirachix – For getting more young women involved in tech in Kenya
Wambura Kimunyu– One of the great voices of reason, a true operator that has made great things of Cheki and Cellulant
Njeri Chelimo – For having the courage to build something like the Nairobi Dev School while still in her teens
Agatha Gikunda – Working with the tech community from her days at Nokia and now Intel
M-Farm – Starting as 3 women in the iHub in 2010, now a 30-person company bridging the world of agriculture and tech
Jessica Colaco – First iHub Manager, started iHub Research
Ory Okolloh – Early blogger, Ushahidi co-founder and policy work at Google
Juliana Rotich – For mentoring many of the women in tech in the iHub community, Ushahidi and many more things
Angela Okune – For growing iHub research into a powerhouse of technology research in the region
Sylvia Mulinge – One of the great proponents of women in tech, getting Safaricom to start “women in tech” talks series, women in entreprenuership
Isis Nyongo – Early Google Kenya team, and a long-time champion of the tech community and entrepreneurship in it.