Who am I?
Jessica Colaço is a Researcher, Mobile and Robotics Technology Evangelist, Founder of Mobile Boot Camp Kenya, Co-founder of AkiraChix, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica, TEDGlobal Fellow 2009 and a Bass guitarist in Nairobi, Kenya. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya’s business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. She has organized several Mobile Boot Camps in Kenya as well as the first Facebook Developer Garage in Kenya in 2008. She has been featured by CNN Labs, Wired UK and other mainstream media.
Jessica Colaço is the Research Lead at iHub Research and Founding Manager at iHub between 2010 and 2011. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology and Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. As an undergraduate Computer Science student, she had been exploring the possibility of studying mobile GIS (Geographic Information Systems) systems for her thesis work. She developed a mobile application known as Wireless Map Service (WMS), which received great accolade from the public during the 10th annual IEEE Engineering Students Exhibition in September 2007.
She is a certified researcher and has carried out various research studies in conjunction with Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the Research Leader at Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) at Strathmore University and used her position to spearhead and manage the research projects within the company.
Her endeavour is to put Kenya on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country. She loves Science and Technology, Football (Man UTD for life!!), Athletics, Horse Riding, Music, Nature and Wildlife, Stamp Collecting, Coin Collecting…