Nairobi Tech Week (NTW) was twitter developers relations team and Angelhack very first tech event in Africa, which was said to be the largest tech event in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa with prominent IT institutions as partners and sponsors. The partners like @iLabAfrica(Strathmore University), *iHub and Moringa school, oversaw the success of the event which aimed in bolstering the growing tech sector and culminating support in one place in just one week.
NTW brought to attention the work of Chief Technical Officers and Developers behind leading apps and services, who often get overlooked as the products they create go on to power game-changing technologies and innovations that achieve recognition and commercial success. Several industry players graced this event and discussed tech trends in finance, education, agriculture, music, e-commerce, government, health and data science. They took the crowd through the growing changes in IT and anticipated growth in the future.
The event started on the 27th of April with Moringa School’s founder, Audry Cheng and other tech influencers like Hilda Moraa, Josiah Mugambi, to name but a few giving an opening plenary and setting the ball rolling. Afterwards, breakout sessions followed. The breakout sessions served as an eye-opener for the various players in the tech sector, broadening the field of ideas for developers and young entrepreneurs. For the three days that followed, panel after panel of actors and professional developers graced the sessions advising, coaching and encouraging young developers in the field. At the end of the week, there had been a total of 36 breakout sessions and 20 panels.
Nairobi Tech Week also accommodated #HelloWorld Twitter Tour where the twitter developers interacted with Kenyan developers around the Twitter platform. AngelHack, the world’s largest and most diverse hacking community, hosted a 2 day hackathon. The #SmartCityNairobi challenge was aimed at the developer community in Nairobi in conjunction with Twitter and the *iHub. Developers had a chance to create a solution for the city using Twitter’s API to solve a problem in the city. The technology was required to bring a positive impact on the world, people, and or environment. This saw two teams, Fixmtaa and Naimotion taking the Twitter and Code4impact Awards. The Reporttaka team took the overall price making them the winners of the first ever hackathon held in Africa. They get an opportunity to turn their hackathon idea into a startup reality in a 12-week curriculum among other prices.
Wondering what happened to Team ReportTaka?? Well, they won a huge grant.