Tech incubator Nailab, in conjunction with JKUAT and the ICT Authority, will on September 20th and 21st organize the first Hackathon in Mombasa. This is after the Kenyan government, through the ICT Authority (formerly ICT Board) launched a $1.6 million public-private sector partnership with Nailab to create a Tech Business Incubation program that supports Kenyan ICT startups.
The hackathon, themed â€œIncubation without Bordersâ€, aims to bring together developers, designers, people with good ideas, business â€“heads, tech community influencers and students from the Coast region. The event is aimed at encouraging the innovators on building of new ideas out of nothing and tackling the problems that just need fixing to create fun and revolutionary products.
The event will be at JKUAT Mombasa campus from 8:00am to 5:00pm. It will be culminated by an award ceremony from which the best ideas presented from the 2 hack sessions will be rewarded.
Nailab plans to hold such events across the country in order to encourage entrepreneurship in the tech community across the country.
â€œAs we roll out the incubation program through out the country, with the support of the ICT Authority, we are keen to engage tech-preneurs to understand the different challenges they are facing in their localities to ensure that the program will work specifically to mitigate this challenges and ensure that our tech-preneurs are well prepared for the market,â€ says Sam Gichuru, Nailab CEO.
â€œIn order to ensure that the Kenya vision 2030 is achieved through technology, we have to empower the youth who are the key drivers of the economy and todays leaders,â€ Victor Kyalo, Acting ICT Authority CEO