Nairobi Tech Week 2016 recap
The largest tech event in sub-Saharan Africa took place last week in Nairobi, Kenya. The Nairobi Tech Week ran from April 27 to April 30 and was a networking and learning event all in one. A partnership between Twitter Developer Relations team, AngelHack, and the Moringa School, the week-long event worked towards strengthening Kenya’s tech sector. It brought together diverse actors and influencers in the tech industry to share knowledge and insight on tech trends with upcoming developers.
Taking place in Nairobi’s Strathmore University, Nairobi Tech Week featured developer and design workshops, panels. as well as opportunities to pitch products and services. Developer workshops were run by Microsoft and Google, among others. The AngelHack team in its first event in sub-Saharan Africa hosted a two-day hackathon on innovating around smart cities. Hackers competed for the winning prize, which included cash and an expense paid trip to Silicon Valley for the AngelHack HACKcelerator program. AngelHack is a global hacker community that is said to be the world’s largest and most diverse.
Meanwhile, the Twitter Developer Relations team hosted Twitter’s #HelloWorld Nairobi Tour. This brought Twitter developers together with their Kenyan counterparts and involved knowledge sharing on how the social media application utilizes tech. Topics for coverage drawn from crowd-sourcing were discussed in panels of user groups, leading developers, tech bloggers, and investors. Innovation and technology in the African tech industry was part of the symposium including trends in finance, education, and other sectors as they intersect with tech.
The Nairobi Tech Week was not only a chance for interested developers to learn from industry leaders, it also provided a platform for networking and connecting. It was hosted by Moringa School, which runs a programming boot camp.
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