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What mentorship and guidance leads to…

As a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist in Kenya, I have been mentoring and working with engineering students over the last one year. In their own eyes, this is what they have done and achieved over the last one year:

Kids Hacker Camp – November Edition 2013 from iHubNairobi on Vimeo.

 

July Build Night with sugru!!

Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. They are partnering with sugru for the July 2013 build night. Sugru is the exciting new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It molds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. We received our batch 2 weeks ago via Fedex for the July Build Night at the iHub on the 27th of July from 5pm – 9pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be available courtesy of WMIAfrica.

We will spend the evening making exciting stuff from sugru  and even fixing thingsCome and meet amazing makers and hackers in Nairobi such as Elizabeth Ondula behind the Picocopter and Peter Maina. REGISTER NOW

 

THE RISE OF THE 254MAKERTRONS AND CHUMABOT I

As a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist in Kenya, I have been mentoring and working with a group of 4 students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Technical University of Kenya for the last 3 months. These students are passionate, inspirational and eager to learn. They are natural innovators and makers – Festus, Hezron, Elizabeth and Muuo.

From Left: Hezron, Festus and Elizabeth
Photocredit: Festus

In their own words:

“We coming up with a  ‘Picopter’  which  is  basically a quadcopter similar to all the other flying drones we’ve seen before with one important difference – all the processing, from reading the sensors to computing exactly how much power to give each motor – is handled by a Raspberry Pi.

Thus the Raspberry Pi acts as the central “Brain” of the quadcopter with arduino  as the Slave controller. The Tasks of the Pi are to deal with logic, control and RC input processing whereas the arduino is used as an interface board for Pi, to read RC inputs and output motor control signals.”
Liz with the Picopter 
Photo credit: @whiteafrican
I will be nurturing these innovators and makers in the next few weeks. Every Saturday morning from 11am – 12pm starting July 6th 2013 for one month. I will be teaching a course on Product Design and Entrepreneurship.
If you are intested in joining this session, shoot me an email: robotics@ihub.co.ke with the subject Product Design and Entrepreneurship and in 5 bullet points tell me what you are building and why you would like to attend this course.
On Saturday, the 8th of June 2013, I met Peter Mbiria Maina (Watch video below). This inspired me to create the group 254MakerTrons  and give rise to  “ChumaBot I” . We will be working on “ChumaBot I” every Saturday after the Product Design and Entrepreneurship class.

254Makertrons from iHubNairobi on Vimeo.

ENTER THE YOUNG INNOVATORS COMPETITION BY ITU

ITU

ITU Telecom World 2013, organized by ITU, the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology, is looking for the next generation of social entrepreneurs for its Young Innovators Competition.Are you brave enough to transform your idea into a successful enterprise? Can your concept or startup address one of our Global Challenges? If you are aged between 18 and 26 and feel technology is your second nature, enter the Young Innovators Competition.

You could win a chance to take part in ITU Telecom World 2013 event in Bangkok plus benefits including:

  • Up to USD 10,000 in prize money for start-ups and up to USD 5,000 for concepts; both need to address one of the Global Challenges
  • High level industry mentorship for a year
  • A chance to exhibit on the showfl oor and network with high level delegates
  • Hands-on workshop training focusing on entrepreneurial skills

For details on how to enter the competition, visit world2013.itu.int/event/innovation/ or contact them at young.innovators@itu.int

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JUNE 30TH, 2013

iHub Team visits Konza city

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Categories: Innovation, Kenya, Technology

Applications for TED2013 Fellows

June 20, 2012 1 comment

Applications for TED2013 Fellows are due by Friday, July 13, 2012 11:59pm US/Eastern. Click here to apply! Here are some of the Kenyan Fellows from 2010 – todate:

Juliana Rotich (Kenya/US) – Co-founder, Ushahidi.com; blogger, Afromusing and Global Voices

Erik Hersman (Kenya) – Co-founder, Ushahidi.com; blogger, AfriGadget and White African

Boniface Mwangi (Kenya) – Kenyan photojournalist and founder of Picha Mtaani, a youth-led national reconciliation initiative in Kenya

Su Kahumbu-Stephanou (Kenya) – Kenyan entrepreneur promoting the development of an organic food industry in Kenya

Alex Odira Odundo (Kenya) – Kenyan inventor of the Sisal Decorticator, a device turning sisal plant into fibre, and the Sisal Twinner, a device turning sisal fibre into rope.

Joel Jackson (UK | Kenya) – Auto innovator  – British mobility entrepreneur and founder of Mobius Motors, a Kenya-based company designing and manufacturing a first-of-its-kind affordable vehicle made expressly for the unique customer requirements and often-poor road conditions found in the developing world.

Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) – Found object artist  – Kenyan self-taught painter and sculptor who primarily uses junk materials to make his works, including striking eyewear

Jessica Colaco (Kenya) – Researcher and Mobile Tech Evangelist

 

Applications open: TED Worldwide Auditions, Nairobi

February 29, 2012 3 comments

From April-June 2012, TED will hold public auditions in 14 cities on six continents seeking to uncover new talents, voices and ideas the world needs to hear. The fourth audition is in Nairobi, Kenya on May 5th, and applications for speakers have opened.

Anyone can apply to audition, so long as they have not spoken at a TED Conference, and do not have a talk posted on TED.com. Applicants will be encouraged to include a short video of themselves and we will be inviting around 30 of the best applicants to each audition.

TED is looking for:

THE INVENTOR  … sharing an innovation with world-changing potential
THE TEACHER  … sharing valuable knowledge in a memorable way – to teenagers or adults
THE PRODIGY  … young talent ready to break out
THE ARTIST     … who can showcase their work in a compelling, new way (Don’t just talk about it. Show us your work!)
THE PERFORMER … music, dance, comedy, drama… or something entirely different
THE SAGE  … wisdom the world needs from those who have learned it the hard way
THE ENTHUSIAST … with an infectious passion about a topic they can share
THE CHANGE-AGENT … helping shape the world’s future with work that matters
THE STORY-TELLER  … vivid, original, meaningful … with a talent for connection
THE SPARK  … with a powerful idea worth spreading

For more information on the TED Worldwide Auditions, please visit the TED2013 audition website.