LakeHub is bringing together the tech-enthusiasts of Western Kenya, is an open community created to support individuals and businesses with an interest in technology. It brings together programmers, creatives, and entrepreneurs and connects them to resources, partners, and mentors.
Almost 2 years ago a few enthusiastic techies in the area begun with an idea to build a home for technologists in the region. That idea developed into a series of informal meetings of tech-enthusiasts who met regularly at coffee shops and in hotel lobbies. The informal gatherings pulled in wider circles and established more effective programs. Today, that community has become a full-force hub buzzing with activities day-in day-out.
They got their current co-working space in September 2014 with the intention to encourage information and technology types to walk in and look for like-minded folk so that they could talk to each other and figure out if they could work together on projects that will transform society. Six months later, LakeHub have tracked more than 400 unique walk-ins, about 80 each week. They have about 50 regular members who meet to regularly work in user groups such as those in mobile development, design, computer science, networking and entrepreneurship just to mention but a few. While these meet-ups have largely been informal, members have managed to come up with and working on projects that are destined to transform Western Kenya.
One such project is Village Code – where volunteers are going to move into schools to equip children with programming and entrepreneurial skills. Another similarly ambitious is the Kisumu Schools Online project, where Schools in Western Kenya are going to receive free websites thanks to the good work of the community. The aim of these projects is to bring as many schools as possible to the 21st century, increase connectivity and giving the world access to information on them.
LakeHub community can be seen as a game-changer in months and years to come. They have tested the interest, it is there. By formally launching their activities, they are affirming their position and commitment in transforming the counties and cities in Western Kenya and by large, Kenya; through the use of technology.