Nairobi set to get innovation boost
Nairobi will benefit from a partnership between Liquid Telecom and AfriLabs in a move to explore new ways to support local start-ups and promote sustainable innovation across Africa.
“As part of a new agreement, Liquid Telecom will deliver connectivity to AfriLabs innovation centers located within its fiber footprint, which includes Nairobi Garage in Kenya, Bongo hive in Zambia, BUNI in Tanzania and many more,” said the statement sent to newsrooms today.
From digital skills training and workshops to accelerator competitions, Liquid Telecom and AfriLabs will launch a new series of joint programmes designed to accelerate growth within the region’s tech start-up communities, ultimately helping to stimulate economic growth.
In the statement on Wednesday, Liquid Telecom Group CTIO, Ben Roberts said that Cloud computing is the foundation for all technology innovation and Liquid Telecom will provide start-ups with access to critical development tools by leveraging the Microsoft Azure platform, as well as the software developer platform, GitHub, which was recently acquired by Microsoft.
AfriLabs affiliate hub members will also be able to access Liquid Telecom’s digital skills training platform, which focuses on key 4th Industrial Revolution skills, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), game development and cloud computing
“Liquid Telecom is passionate about scaling start-ups across Africa. Through our Innovation Partnerships initiative, we’ve already supported many inspirational start-ups over the last year, who are using technology to help solve African problems,” said Ben.
Roberts said that this new partnership with AfriLabs will really help push their initiative to the next level, both in terms of raising Liquid Telecom’s profile within Africa’s tech ecosystem and improving our ability to support the region’s start-ups with the resources they need to successfully bring solutions to market
Roberts is presenting at the third edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering, which will be held this year in Tanzania on October 11-13 under the theme ‘Innovation in the Data Age’. Over 100 technology and innovation hubs and over 600 key stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, corporate organizations, government and developmental agencies, will attend the event.
AfriLabs was founded in 2011 to build a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs – innovation spaces that serve as meeting points and communities for developers, entrepreneurs and investors. It has since grown to become the largest network of African technology hubs with over 200,000 community members.
By Alice Gworo