Another Google Developer Expert in the Software & Design team - James Mwai

By Kennedy Kirui
iHub Consultancy
  Published 22 Jul 2016
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James Mwai, alongside Eric Asiago, are the oldest consultants in the Software and Design team at the iHub. They have been here longer than everyone else. This includes even the full-time team. To say Mwai has made a significant contribution to the Software and Design team at the iHub would be a huge understatement. When we started out, we relied heavily on the consultants in our team to define how the Software & Design team would work. Knowing that we had only recruited the best of the best, at no point were we worried that this would go wrong. Our process has been entirely developed by the consultants in our team. We are happy to let you know that James Mwai is now a Google Developer Expert.

Mwai is a senior consultant with the Software & Design team at iHub. His specialty is system design, back-end development (Python/Django), and devops. With Caine Wanjau, now the CTO at Twiga Foods, they designed our deployment architecture to reflect industry standards. It wasn’t, therefore, a surprise to us when he became a Google Developer Expert - Google Cloud Platform. He joins Kenneth Kinyanjui (GDE: Google Cloud Platforms) and Eugene Mutai (GDE: Web technologies) as the only GDEs in Kenya. Africa has a total of 14 Google Developer experts. Five of them are from South Africa, Kenya, and Egypt contributing three apiece,Nigeria contributing two and Mozambique adding one to make it 14.

Kenneth is also a back-end development and a devops consultant with the Software & Design team at the iHub. Eugene, until early last year, was part of the same team. Mwai joined the GDE program as an expert in Google Cloud Platform, Python, Kubernetes, and Cloud Architecture.

James Mwai (back facing you)  and Kenneth Kinyanjui brainstorming with Trevor from Ongair James Mwai (striped shirt) and Kenneth Kinyanjui brainstorming with Trevor from Ongair

What does this mean to us as the Software & Design team at iHub? It is a testament to the quality of people we have in our team. GDEs are experts in their respective fields. To qualify as one, you have to go through several rigorous interviews and show beyond reasonable doubt that you are really good at what you do. We are therefore proud that another consultant in our team has shown that he can go toe to toe with the rest of the world.

In the team James is the one who can do the longest uninterrupted sprint. As a result he looks this focused most times In the team James is the one who can do the longest uninterrupted sprint. As a result he looks this focused most times

What does it mean for James Mwai? First, a bit more of travel. Who would say no to that? GDEs attend a significant number of Google Developer events. This offers a good evangelism opportunity. James can now reach a bigger audience of developers and other players in the developer ecosystem. This presents a good opportunity to share knowledge and inspire more developers. GDEs also have the first contact with Google engineers ensuring they get first access to new technology by Google.

We, the Software & Design team at iHub, would like to congratulate James Mwai on this achievement. We are lucky to have you in our team.

Would you like to know more about James? Check out this interesting personal story we wrote about him a while ago. You can also check out his GDE profile and/or find him on Twitter.

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