LakeHub finally boots.
Join LakeHub in celebrating the official launch of Western Kenya’s first innovation and technology hub on March 13th 2015.
Almost 2 years ago a few enthusiastic techies in the area begin with an idea to build a home for technologists in the region. That idea developed into a series of informal meetings of tech-enthusiasts who met regularly at coffee shops and in hotel lobbies. The informal gatherings pulled in wider circles and established more effective programs. Today, that community has become a full-force hub buzzing with activities day-in day-out. To celebrate the growth and success of this thriving community, we would like to invite you to a more formal launch and celebration of our current success and future path.
We got our current space in September 2014. Our intention was to encourage information and technology types to walk in and look for like-minded folk so that they could talk to each other and figure out if they could work together on projects that will transform society. Six months later, we have tracked more than 400 unique walk-ins, about 80 each week. We have about 50 regular members who meet to regularly work in user groups such as those in mobile development, design, computer science, networking and entrepreneurship just to mention but a few. While these meet-ups have largely been informal, members have managed to come up with and working on projects that are destined to transform Western Kenya.
One such project is Village Code – where volunteers are going to move into schools to equip children with programming and entrepreneurial skills. Another big project is the Kisumu Schools Online project, where Schools in Western Kenya are going to receive free websites thanks to the good work of the community. The main aim of these projects is to bring as many schools as possible to the 21st century, increase connectivity and putting giving the world access to information on them.
With the progress that we have noted, the LakeHub community can be seen as a game-changer in months and years to come. We have tested the interest, it is there. By formally launching our activities, we are affirming our position and commitment in transforming our counties and by large our country through the use of technology.
Please sign up here for the official launch here (LINK).