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About Me

Jessica Colaço is a Researcher, Mobile Technology Evangelist, Founder of Mobile Boot Camp Kenya, Co-founder of AkiraChix and a Bass guitarist in Nairobi, Kenya. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009 and 2011. She has organized several Mobile Boot Camps in Kenya as well as the first Facebook Developer Garage in Kenya in 2008. She has been featured by CNN Labs, Wired UK and other mainstream media.

Jessica Colaço is the Manager at iHub – Nairobi’s Tech Innovation Hub. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile Technology and Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. As an undergraduate Computer Science student, she had been exploring the possibility of studying mobile GIS (Geographic Information Systems) systems for her thesis work. She developed a mobile application known as Wireless Map Service (WMS), which received great accolade from the public during the 10th annual IEEE Engineering Students Exhibition in September 2007.

She is a certified researcher and has carried out various research studies in conjunction with Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the Research Leader at Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) at Strathmore University and used her position to spearhead and manage the research projects within the company.

She has spoken about her work at various conferences including IDRC’s Africa's New Frontier: Innovation, Technology and Prosperity and Relief 2.0 in Haiti at Stanford and TEDxSanto Domingo. She has spoken about Innovation and Technology in Kenya during the Mobile Monday Summit and Mobile Brain Bank in Helsinki, Finland in September 2010.

Her endeavour is to put Kenya on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country.

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More About Me

I'm passionate about

Using technology and research to help the society around to better their lives as my motto is to make the world a better place through the use of global technological solutions.

An idea worth spreading

is the history of Ushahidi. Ushahidi means means ''testimony'' in Swahili and was developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. It is being developed by a group of volunteer developers and designers, hailing primarily from Africa.

This is a real live testimony of people around the world, working together for the good of others and using global technological solutions to make the world a better place. I would like to encourage everyone out there, both young and old to work together to better the lives of those around you! Viva USHAHIDI!

Talk to me about

Technology - Mobile
Culture - Coin and Stamp Collecting
Wildlife and Nature - I love watching the fabulous documentaries on National Geographic
Sports - Football (Man Utd!), Athletics, Horse Riding

People don't know that I'm good at

Playing the guitar - rhythm, lead and bass guitar. Sometimes it is vice versa, people do not know that I am a Mobile guru :)

My TED Story

It is an unforgettable, mind-boggling and intoxicating experience. One feels as if they are walking on air and dreams are no longer dreams, but realities that can be achieved!


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