iHub Hosts First HackerX Event in Kenya

By Lincoln Njogu
  Published 03 Jul 2018
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Last week, we hosted HackerX (first of its kind in Nairobi).HackerX is the world’s largest invite-only networking & recruiting event for developers.

HackerX has hosted over 150 events, working with over 1,000 companies and 100,000+ developers in over 125 cities every year! They have worked with world top brands like; Uber, SpaceX, Google, Shazam etc.

The event was fun and engaging for developers and employers alike. It took a fresh approach to recruiting and networking by establishing real relationships through a fun and casual event.

How it went down:

The event saw 10 companies having Speed-Dating interviews (5 Minute face-to-face) with over 60 developers present, followed by an open networking session.

Participating Companies:

IHUB NAIROBI (HOST) – iHub is a globally recognized organization that is deeply steeped in the local tech innovation culture. It is fair to say that the iHub has been both the main catalyst for regional tech acceleration and a role model for tech hubs across emerging markets. We are nurturing the best innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem; one that constantly challenges and influences technology; one that can be replicated across the continent, as we believe that African innovation will play a critical role in shaping future technology globally.

From the left: Lincoln (iHub), Daliso (HackerX) and James (iHub)

CELLULANT (GOLD SPONSOR) –  Cellulant is a premier African digital payment platform for every sector; providing a reliable, realtime link to all things digital payments across Africa.

Cellulant Desk speed dating with a dev

TWIGA FOODS (SILVER SPONSOR) – Twiga Foods is a supplier of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables based in Nairobi, Kenya that uses technology to collect and manage information in real-time across the value chain to build a modern, data-driven, efficient, scalable business.

Caine and Chencha from Twiga Foods interviewing a dev

KOKO NETWORKS – KOKO Networks is a venture-backed technology company operating in East Africa and India. They build and deploy dense Networks of physical e-commerce kiosks in urban Africa, which serve as consumer access points for goods and services delivered in partnership with major suppliers. Their first Network is live in Nairobi, and delivers liquid ethanol cooking fuel as an affordable, clean and safe alternative to charcoal and kerosene.

KOKO desk

ANGAZA – Angaza creates Pay-As-You-Go technology that enables businesses to provide affordable solar energy products to the 1.2 billion people living off grid.

Angaza Speed-Dating desk

PULA – Pula is radically restructuring agricultural insurance, using technology to insure the previously unbanked, uninsured, untapped market of 1.5 billion smallholders worldwide. They work in eight countries across Africa and Asia, and in 2017 alone, they facilitated crop and livestock insurance cover to 611,000 farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Malawi.

Pula team interviewing a dev

SENDY – Sendy is a marketplace that connects delivery service providers and customers who need the service in a simple, transparent and user focused way. Their goal is to be the preferred delivery service provider in Africa.

MUMSVILLAGE – MumsVillage is a digital media and ecommerce platform that enables African mothers to access and share locally relevant content and products through peer-to-peer communities.

VCARGO CLOUD – is a leading Infocomm Technology (ICT) solution and service provider, specializing in offering trade and logistics related solutions to governments and enterprises worldwide. Founded in 2013, VCC is one of the fastest-growing tech companies in Singapore, with offices strategically located in China, Indonesia and Kenya.

VCargo Cloud desk

INCENTRO AFRICA – Incentro is an innovative online service provider founded by passion and happiness of its employees.

Incentro team

To learn more about HackerX, visit their websitewww.hackerx.org.

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