Saturday, August 24, 2013

Barcamp Nairobi 2013 live-blog

Hey guys I'm at the ihub for the Barcamp Nairobi and today I'm going to attempt a live blog. It's lunch time now and there no talks going on now but they begin in 10 mins keep this page open for updates. Catch you in 10 mun
Talking with Andrew from Ujamaa Ventures giving me advice on my application'the one I've been developing the last 3 months, hard questions with no answers :D
Now on the talk on Innovation Ecosystem by Tony
We're trying to shine on our own yet we need to work together
Things we need to do

  • Acquire knowledge from abroad and around the country
  • Create the knowledge
  • We need more social innovations we shouldn't focus on commercial application
  • Research and development
  • Learning(marrying the curriculum with the market)
Major stake holders in this are the Government, companies and Universities/R&D institutions
How do we adapt this further to involve small companies, and start ups?
14.20 Thanks Tony for the time stamp thing
Of course mpesa came up
14.22 He's had to defend his model, but to be fair he isn't done yet
14.27 Last thought on this: Each country needs to devote at least 3% of their budget to R&D

14.30 Angry birds makes you angry by Stephen
Think this many be on the evolution of games
14.32 So far evolution of the use interface from DOS to now
14.33 the same UI is being used on mobile that we had on desktop
14.36 When you touch your screen you touch the world(web)
14.40 We've programed the world to use buttons why teach people to use new interfaces? -Me
14.43 When we were young our creativity was not limited now we limit ourself to lines
14.46 Make is easy for the user to change their interface
14.48 Users won't tell you your UI sucks
14.50 Start with the user. The app has to do what they expect
14.52 Stephen was told his app UI sucks :D

14.54 Snowden, Manning and wikileaks by Gachies
14.56 One guy supports Manning's sentence, rest not so much
14.58 Malaria Research that tracked people via mobile(More on this in another post maybe)
14.59 No one in Kenya takes privacy seriously(Government, companies, individuals)
15.02 The researches had access to over 10m peoples movements
15.07 Read the T&Cs for theservices you use
15.08 We need to find ways to protect user data
15.09 There's a data protection bill in Parliament
15.11 COFEK is not doing it's job, we need to petition us to protect us
15.13 No one has the right to access someone one else information

15.15 Break!!!

15.25 Pain points by Tobias
Things that we want to change
15.30 Hyperloop
15.33 Challenge is to find our pain points and think of the solutions
15.39 Non technical solution to traffic. :D
15.44 People talking about solving traffic
15.45 Security now up
15.52 Now discussing traffic again
  • behavioral change
  • Decentralise the CBD
  • Remove the round about
  • Use the traffic lights, get rid of the cop
  • Effective public system
15.57 Through Glass by Linda
15.58 Google Glass she has a pair
16.00 What will we use Glass for?
16.01 She went to the bank with them on
16.05 How do we protect ourselves from glass?
16.06 There's only one design
16.07 They'll cost $1500 I'll never get them
16.12 Achirachix a tech group for ladies

16.27 The Plenary session
16.29 Talking about content
16.31 Do better than your best
16.36 We are wired to tell stories
16.38 Good content is expensive
16.40 You need a large market if things are to work
16.44 Understand how to enter global markets
16.46 Move from profit driven to product driven
16.54 We need to learn to consume our own crap not crap from other nations
16.58 Think of your audience

17.06 Does Africa need borders?
17.16 Border discussion is now at the point where we think about how they create boundaries
17.17 Why are we as techies worried about borders?

17.19 Who stole my idea?
17.20 Are ideas of any value?
17.21 Ghafla is doing 1.2m unique views per day
17.23 Patents have come up(I personally don't like them)
17.27 If you've got no capacity to implement, we can't talk
17.29 Biological sciences have come up now
17.31 Use your speed to innovate faster
17.32 There is nothing in Kenya to protect a NDA!!!
17.33 OpenNDA website
17.37 An idea has value!!
17.39 We need to set parameters to our ideas
17.41 Giving credit would help a lot
17.43 Through out our education we expect to picked
17.43 Who ever executes first and best holds the cards
17.46 Don't discuss your ideas
17.47 We have a law that tells us when an idea has materialised when you can sue for it

17.51 Vote of Thanks


*forgive any spelling mistakes

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is Here!

The last one of these I attended was the very first one in 2010 and it was a lot of fun I hope you'll be there...

BarCamp is an international network of user-generated unconferences primarily focused around technology and the Web. By definition, an unconference is a participant-driven meeting that tries to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.

BarCamps are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social software, and open data formats.

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 will be held on the 24th of August 2013 between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm collectively at the iHub, NaiLab and mLab located at the Bishop Magua Centre off Ngong Road, Opposite Uchucmi Hyper. The theme for BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is ‘The Next 50’. We aim to get the conversation going on where tech in Kenya will be in the next 50 years.

As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence this year, we have the unique and enviable opportunity to dream and contemplate what the next 50 years should look like and what role technology will play. As thinkers, technologists in various sectors, and citizens of Kenya we can begin the process of visualizing the future and shaping it.

Challenges such as access to healthcare, quality and equitable education, food security have their answers in technology and the possibilities are endless. There will come a time in the next 50 years when these issues will be non-issues so to speak. What will that future look like? What technologies will be pervasive? How will people interact and how will lives be affected and improved?

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is 100% free to attend provided you register in good time either via our web site at or on EventBrite at