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Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage.

She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya’s business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. She was the Research Leader at Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) at Strathmore University in 2007 – 2010 and spearheaded and managed the research projects within the company. 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.

She is currently pursing a Masters Degree in Applied Computing at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. 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 and iHub Research in Nairobi, Kenya for companies such as World Council of Credit Unions, Rockefeller, World Bank, Google, GSMA and Africa Innovation Foundation.


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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

In 2013, I started the Kids Hacker Camp, which is a week-long camp hosted at iHub. The camp is aimed at kids and teens aged 7 – 18 years, who are drawn to and interested in crafting, hacking, discovering and tinkering. The camp is envisioned and designed to provide an engaging platform on which children and teens can interactively learn, explore and build; spurring them to understand the world around them, analogue and digital. This exposure and tutelage will then go on to help them build skills in design/creativity, critical & systems thinking, collaboration and self-confidence.

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Innovation, Technology, Mentorship, Energy, Robotics, Data, Coin and Stamp Collecting,
Wildlife and Nature, Sports - Football (Man Utd!), Athletics, Horse Riding, Photography...

People don't know that I'm good at

I am a upcoming musician and photographer

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