Nairobi Tech Week
#NTW2017 was the hashtag buzzing the 4-day event between 22nd March and 25th March 2017 all over social media. This year’s event was arguably the best one yet as it united local and global software and industry leaders, coupled with developer workshops and challenges, as well as informative panel discussions, all of which had a huge impact to all attendees.
After opening keynotes from Facebook, Moringa School and @iBizAfrica – Strathmore University representatives the NTW2017 participants were introduced to the event with very interesting sessions. The first one was a Scrum Training aimed at teaching participants on the development and deployment of resilient financial USSD applications. Occurring concurrently was a workshop by Safaricom that educated the participants on Intellectual Property and it’s importance in today’s technology space. Google also had a very interesting workshop on building scalable web applications through the Google Cloud Platform.
After the lunch break the participants had a hard time on deciding which workshop to attend as they all looked exciting.
JUMO WORLD facilitated one session on MOB Programming, Moringa School had theirs on designing for Mobile and Intel enlightened attendees on the fundamentals of Machine Learning, Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence. It wasn’t any easier in the evening as Brave Ventures in their workshop challenged the participants to think like Data Scientists.
Participants who attended the Dalberg workshop learnt how to create an effective relationship between Developers and Designers, while those who attended the Facebook workshop got to understand the business opportunity on the Facebook Messenger platform and how to leverage and maximize on the Messenger Bot API.
Day 2 commenced with the kickoff of the Angel Hack Hackathon with Facebook and JUMO which challenged developers to unite and come up with innovative mobile solutions.
Developers were so engrossed in the hackathon as they were ready to stay overnight developing their applications. They did! There was the promise of mind-blowing prizes and opportunities for the winners on each challenge, which kept them highly motivated.
In the meantime, there were several workshops and panel discussions as well. Industry experts from Twiga Foods, Cellulant, Seven Seas Technology, Summit Recruitment and Frontline SMS consisted of a panel that enlightened the attendees on the best ways to acquire developer talent in Sub Saharan Africa. Up next was another illuminating panel and workshop facilitated by Dalberg, Brave Ventures, BRCK and Mercy Corps representatives on bringing UX (user experience) to new startups. The day was concluded with the Developer-Startup Speed Networking event. The hackathon continued overnight and on to the third day.
The third day began with a panel and workshop on Cyber Security. Representatives from KPMG, Ernst & Young, Euclid Consultancy as well as the Government discussed various issues on security facing the society such as lack of proper awareness, social engineering, IoT security and ransomware. They also advised the attendees on some practical things they can do to protect themselves and their organizations. The afternoon session was yet another educative workshop and panel discussion on The Do’s and The Don’ts of Product Management. There was also a TechTalk event which entailed the Previous, Present and Future of Technology.
By the time it was Day 4, the attendees were very informed and knowledgeable. Little did they know how promising the final day would be. It started off with a CTO panel discussion on scaling products into new markets, from both the operational and technological perspectives. The panel consisted Chief Technology Officers from JUMO, Safaricom, Cellulant and Facebook. They enlightened the participants how companies build products for scale, considerations they make as well as their challenges and experiences on the matter.
The next panel consisted of representatives of Eneza, BRCK, M-Shule and @iLabAfrica who discussed how developers can build tech products that uniquely serve the education sector. Liquid Telecom, Chimera, @iLabAfrica and MKOPA were also involved in another panel discussion concerning the Internet of Things (IoT) and its numerous applications. The final panel discussions before lunch break was the applications of Data Science in Fintech (with speakers from Eclectics, Juntos, IBM, Neveru, Busara and Intellipro) and how Technology is revolutionizing and disrupting traditional industries, with great emphasis on logistics; by TechMoran, Lori, Sendi, Vitumob and SokoWatch.
The afternoon sessions included a discussion by speakers from Techweez, Bithub Africa, Kimwatu and Crypto Assets on bitcoin and the implications of Blockchain technology in Africa. A panel with speakers from Intel, Microsoft, ProLabs and M-Changa engaged with the attendees on Artificial Intelligence and how it has taken the world by storm, with greater focus on Africa.
NMG, Twiga Foods, Gro Intelligence, WeFarm and FarmDrive on their panel discussion talked about agriculture and what technology can do to enhance agriculture. An E-commerce panel of representatives from Jumia, Mookh, Jumia Market and BuyRentKenya shared their experiences, strategies and challenges of e-commerce demands and supply chain and logistics.
Net Neutrality in Kenya was also a topic of discussion in another session. The final panel discussion of the day was on the role of corporates in supporting developers and SMEs by Moringa School, JUMO, Liquid Telecom and Facebook.
The 4-day event was concluded with a closing keynote from the various companies as well as announcing the winners of the AngelHack Hackathon. This years winners of NairobiTech week was PesaPocket. @iBizAfrica will offer 3 months free Incubation services to the top 3 winners of the Nairobi Tech Week
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.
We are proud to be hosting Nairobi Tech Week from 27th to 30th April 2016.
Nairobi Tech Week is a new tech event series where CTOs and top developers, tech entrepreneurs and various stakeholders in Sub Saharan Africa’s tech industry come together in a blowout event. This is going to be Sub Saharan Africa’s largest tech event – from both the Twitter Developer Relations team and AngelHack partnering with Moringa to have their first events in Africa ever.
- Top developers and CTOs in East Africa
- Thought leaders/movers and shakers
- Successful tech CEOs of various industries
- Meet and engage with to developers who can transform your business
- Exchange ideas with thought leaders on where the tech industry in East Africa is heading
- Global meets local/expertise from Silicon Valley (AngelHack and Twitter first ever event in Africa)
- Community driven (content is crowd-sourced)
- Bridging the gap
- Learning and solution oriented
Date: Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th April
Venue: @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University
Tickets: Get your ticket here
See you there.