A growing number of artists in Kenya are working in artistic traditions as well as in new technology-based and hybrid forms. They are using the arts in increasingly diverse ways to engage and build communities and address the root causes of persistent societal problems, including issues of economic, educational and environmental injustice as well as inequities in civil and human rights.
On the 21st of August 2014 from 6pm to 9pm, iHub hosts Art Meets Tech, a round-table discussion that explores how the visual arts and technology can work together for social commentary and tackling issues in our country. You are invited to join a number of panelists in this thought-provoking discussion.
The panelists include:-
Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi)
Boniface Mwangi is a multi award-winning Kenyan photojournalist, founder and team leader at Pawa254. He is popular for his stunning images on the post-election violence that hit Kenya in 2007-2008. Boniface recently received the Prince Claus Award and is now a senior TED fellow.
Blinky Bill (@247blink)
Bill Sellanga (aka Blinky Bill) is a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer, and one fourth of Kenyan art and music collective, Just a Band. Bill has participated in BLNRB, a project bringing together electronic producers from Nairobi and Berlin, which was profiled on MTV Iggy. Bill is also the curator of the 10 Cities Project, an African-European cultural exchange program sponsored by the Goethe Institute. He has recently been selected as a TEDGlobal 2014 fellow and is also joining the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo in October 2014.
Patricia Kihoro (@misskihoro)
Patricia Kihoro is a Kenyan based actress, singer and radio personality who likes to dabble in photography and also blogs sporadically. She hosts Homeboyz Radio’s Afro Central on Saturdays. She was nominated in the ‘Best Actress’ category in the Kalasha Award for her role as Juliette in Miss Nobody. Her other films roles include Alina in Homecoming.
Erik Hersman (@WhiteAfrican)
Erik Hersman is an international technology influencer with a keen eye on the impact of web and mobile technology innovation across Africa. Raised in Sudan and Kenya, Erik brings unique energy and insight to the world of technology and innovation – bridging the gap between Africa and Silicon Valley. As part of the Ushahidi strategy he has been building Nairobi’s innovation hub, the iHub a place that has grown to 3000+ Kenyan developers, designers, and entrepreneurs with connections in the corporate, academic and investor sectors. An avid blogger, Erik writes two different technology-related blogs – AfriGadget and WhiteAfrican. He is a TED Senior Fellow, a PopTech Faculty Fellow, sits on the Safaricom Innovation Board and is a founding organizer of Maker Faire Africa.
Mark Kamau (@Mark_Kamau)
Mark Kamau is a designer at heart and is passionate about design. He has been teaching design for over a decade and has international experience both in the continent and in Europe. He is passionate and excited about Africa and believes Africa should engage intelligently to solve her own socio-economic problems.
Mark is the founding lead of the iHub UX (User experience) Lab, first of it’s kind in Sub-Saharan Africa which teaches design thinking (also referred to as user centred design or human centred design) and carries out user testing on prototypes.
Register for your ticket here.