Yesterday (19 April), the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, along with the new head of the Department for International Development (DFID) in Kenya, Pete Vowles, paid a visit to the iHub and Gearbox in Nairobi.
Since its inception in March 2010, the iHub has grown through overcoming challenges as well as adapting toward serving the Kenyan tech community.
This has been facilitated through initiatives such as iHub Research, m:lab (in conjunction with eMobilis and University of Nairobi), Consulting, the UX Lab.
Also, working with Sanergy, Ushahidi and BRCK, Gearbox was launched in 2009. This is a design and rapid prototyping facility strategically located in the industrial area of Nairobi, with a smaller location within the iHub at Bishop Magua Centre.
Gearbox has been designed to be a unique space for members to showcase their innovative ideas, as well as share skills while providing a platform for capacity building in line with the integration of hardware skills with the vast software expertise available.
It is geared towards bringing about a shift in the way techies work by nurturing a community of members working on projects in computer technology, industrial art, robotics and electronics.
Last year, Nairobi was named as one of CNN’s 9 African tech hubs of the future.