The day is tomorrow and the talk of town, at least tech wise will be iHub which will be officially launching tomorrow, Wednesday, 3rd of March 2010 from 5.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. The launch will take place on the 4th floor of the new Bishop Magua Centre (directly opposite the Ngong Uchumi Hyper) on Ngong Road.
So, what is iHub you ask?
From the website, iHub is described as
…an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers and designers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator.
But really, what is iHub?
Concept-wise, iHub is designed to be a place that enables ideas to take root, start-ups to germinate and then go and grow elsewhere with the backing of investors and venture capitalists while other tech start-up seeds with potential for growth take up their space.
iHub to me represents the future of Kenya as far as content creation is concerned. It represents the birth place of Kenya’s young tech millionaires. It represents a pilot project for the many iHubs that will start coming up across the country emulating its successes and learning from its failures. It represents an entrepreneurial HotSpot for Kenya, where finally we can search and find truly and highly quality Kenyan content that we have for so long looked elsewhere for.
iHub will definitely mean different things to different groups but hopefully ensure a profitable outcome for all stakeholders involved…
For the talented developers, designers and programmers, iHub will be the geek haven. It will be the place where you can spew codes, recite php, speak java or COBOL, converse css, and talk any other programming and coding language and yet still fit right in. iHub will provide those people who have had the ideas and resolve but no capacity with the means to actualize their dreams. It is actually the ideal place for developers because surrounded with other developers, each with their skills sets, abilities, and experiences, work groups can be developed and start-ups emerge around the various combinations of competencies.
iHub should also be of great interest to investors especially Venture Capitalists. Kenya and the greater Africa have been lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of content creation. Times are however changing and the iHub concept is about to take things a step further. VCs in Kenya should have their ears on the iHub grounds because with the setup that they have provided for young Kenyans to be creative around, soon enough, there will be great monetize-able content coming out of iHub and VCs who are ready to give seed money and nurture these great ideas straight out iHub will stand to benefit the most. Reading through TechCrunch every other day, I have noticed that none of these social networks and great APIs would have been possible were it not for the seed monies provided by VCs. VCs therefore will play a critical role in ensuring that the talent at iHub grows to join the big leagues.
I strongly believe that very few entrepreneurial advents today and in future will be devoid of a technology angle to them. Most entrepreneurs are thinkers and the technical skills of doing some things are usually lacking. iHub presents itself as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to seek partnerships. Due to the quality of people that iHub will let through its doors, I believe that entrepreneurs can approach any one of them with their ideas with the aim of forming business partnerships that revolve around each persons competencies; business and tech acumen. And if not partnership, iHub will still be the place for starting entrepreneurs to look for tech people to handle either their web designs, API designs, UIs etc on a contract basis.
In some respect, I am looking at iHub as a gallery of technologies that will emerge to revolutionize the Kenyan Business scene. I also expect the iHub website to add further to this by outlining the best that is coming out of iHub be it in terms of providing a catalogue of ready to use Designs and Applications that have come out of iHub so that the larger public can skim through and see if there is anything which can meet their needs. If close, contacts to the developers could be provided for customization requests… This can work in the same way as Gizmodo and Afrigadget .
iHub is launching tomorrow and you register here via EventBrite if you are interested in attending.
What will iHub mean for you?