Digital Communities

iHub - Nairobi's Innovation Hub

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Cyberarts 2012 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2012

Kenya has set up a robust telecommunications infrastructure and high-capacity international gateways. The country has also made remarkable progress putting an ICT policy framework and implementation strategy in place, complete with measurable outcomes and time-frames. 

In conjunction with this rapidly growing number of mobile and Internet users, supporting government policy and infrastructure, the number of computer science and IT students graduating each year continues to increase both in public and private universities. This seems to indicate great potential in ICT not only for current growth in the country but sustained future growth as well. 

One quickly emerging digital community is iHub, which was opened in March 2010. iHub can boast of more than 6,000 virtual members, who interact via the web platform, 240 green members, who physically access the space, and nine red members, who pay for a semi-permanent desk space for a period of six to 12 months. iHub is a network and meeting place that enables Kenya’s innovators to bring their ideas to fruition. Through iHub, the technology community, industry, academia, investors and venture capitalists can meet, share ideas and collaborate. The centre is the first of its kind to operate in Africa. It allows technologies to progress from the ideas stage to becoming real products and the key to its effectiveness is open innovation—the process of combining internal and external ideas, as well as internal and external paths to market, to advance the development of new technologies.