Nairobi 2010 Event Highlights

We are back from Nairobi where we had 2 amazing days organising Africa Gathering 2010. Thank you all for your support during this year, we could not do it without you.

Thank you to the ihub team for kindly hosting and sponsoring the event.

Friday was highlighted with our appearance on Kenya’s Biggest News TV station with Larry Madowo. Thanks to all who attended, watched and responded to the “Africa Innovating in ICT” conference

Before we had the privileged to be interviewed by Larry Modowo on his Business Bulletin, we had three workshops; the first one was on governance and transparency where Aly-Khan Satchu led the Q&A discussion.

Aly-Khan is a prominent Business figure in Kenya, he supports and mentors young entrepreneurs and Businesses with excellent workshops called Mindspeak, he ran our Business making your ideas happen workshop.
Mark Kaigwa and Marieme Jamme delighted us with an ambient workshop on Social Media and the impact it could have in Kenya. Mark, a social media strategist, encouraged the audience to look into social media more as many Kenyans are now going online and Marieme shared with our audience the Visibility, credibility and profitability formula and importance in telling stories and generating content. She said “If you don’t tell your story no one else will do it for you”

Erik Hersman aka @Whiteafrican on twitter gave a Key Note speech on entrepreneurship in Kenya and briefed us on the potential of the Ihub to spur Innovation in Kenya.

We were then joined by the BBC Africa have your say, where they explained how they are engaging with Africans. The Show is very active on twitter as part of their new media strategy. Miriam and Alex shared with us how they are using twitter to engage with the Diaspora and African countries.
@chrisbrogan joined us from the US, but sadly for technical reasons we could not hear him. We enjoyed his video however.

We finished the day with Q&A where interesting questions were asked about Social Media in Africa.

Day 2 was a beautiful day in Kenya. Acumen Fund Buju Mondearas shared their Vision for East Africa, by highlighting the investment they made in projects like ikotoilet and how they are supporting the Kibera Slum with small projects.

Nine more speakers joined Buju during the day including Nimbus ltd, MGI, Freedomfone with their famous voicemail gadget.

Some of the projects presented by our speakers varied from Social Entrepreneurship, Mobile Technologies, Transformational Games, Climate Change issues and Social Change.

Faith Karimi from CNN joined us from Atlanta via skype to talk to us about how there are embracing new media. Ms Karimi told our audience that CNN is engaging with readers, twitters and bloggers to bring new media within their organisation. New Media is Key to CNN.

Jessica Colaco the ihub Manager shared her passion in making change and show us the amazing AkiraChix team.
The girls are 20 and 25, Kenyan born coders in java language, php, c++ and dot.net. What was amazing to see was the future Kenya has with those amazing individuals no one is talking about.  We are honoured to have had them on the Africa Gathering platform and are looking forward in meeting them in the near future. They are coding for M-farm a new platform that will help farmers connect. They spoke to Marieme Jamme, we will share the video with you when it’s ready.

Before closing the Event, Mariéme Jamme, Co-Founder of Africa Gathering, joined by Guy Collender and David Nahinga (New Country Director) shared their 2011 vision by explaining the Africa Gathering journey. Marieme thanked the team in Kenya for their hard work, the sponsors such as Indigo Trust and the Omidyar network for their support and interviewed our speakers which you will find on the website on the video section.

On behalf of the entire Africa Gathering team, we would like to thank you for your support from day one and wish you wonderful 2010 festive period. See you all next year for another amazing conference series.

More details of where Africa Gathering will be coming soon shall be posted on the Events page!

Asante Sana!

Africa Gathering Team

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