Garage48 Kenya 2011

When 30 Sep-2 Oct, 2011

Where Nairobi, Kenya

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Founder of Garage48 Ragnar Sass have said: “Kenya has one of the most active IT and startup communities in Africa with plenty of talented developers. Garage48 is sure that in recent years we will hear more and more successful companies that are launched thanks to an idea to make the world a better place.”

     Garage48 organizers and mentors arrive directly from Silicon Valley, New York and Europe to bring and share their knowledge and experience with Garage48 participants in Africa. The event is sponsored and mentored by Google and Nokia who provide world-class support by mentors and jury members and sponsorship to make the event happen.

    Together with Google, Nokia and Blackberry, Garage48’s international web development competition heads to Kenya Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica for 2011’s Garage48 Nairobi and Garage48 Kampala.

    Spanning three intense days during 2 weekends in September this extreme “hack-a-thon” for web entrepreneurs, technology professionals, and marketers is the fourth event to be hosted by Garage48 in Africa, following successful events in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda.

    With Kenya’s growing and active community of talented IT and start-up communities, Nairobi is a fitting location for Garage48, an international event known for its intense focus, emphasis on teambuilding, and achievement in bringing ideas off the drawing board and into the real world.

    Garage48 team is really excited to have the event @iLabAfrica. It is a new Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Incubation, and Policy Research for Africa, an independent entity in the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) at Strathmore University.

    Richard from Garage48 Kampala organization team says: "Garage48 will go a long way in promoting the entrepreneurship spirit and the “getting things done” attitude among local participants. More to that, it will provide a platform for growth through networking and the pitch sessions, access to additional funding through the Garage48 brand."

    Make your ideas work!

     Garage48 Nairobi will take place at Strathmore University

    Strathmore University is a leading not-for profit private university operating in Kenya, which aims at serving the Kenyan society to the best of its ability. Specializing in commerce and information technology, Strathmore holds a peerless reputation for quality in both academic and professional education and personal formation.

    Garage48 Nairobi will be held at @iLabAfrica Research Centre.
    "Conference Hall"
    Strathmore University
    Keri Road Madaraka Estate
    00200 City Square
    Nairobi, Kenya 

    @iLabAfrica is a new Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Incubation, and Policy Research for Africa, an independent entity in the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) at Strathmore University.
    @iLabAfrica has been established to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contribute toward Kenya’s Vision 2030, as a research centre dedicated to leveraging the benefits of innovations in ICT, promoting entrepreneurship through nurturing and mentoring of young innovators via adequate training programmes and incubation facilities, as well as promoting a conducive environment in Africa through policy research. Our main aim is to foster capacity development, identify and support technological innovations that have the potential to become viable businesses and may have a social impact reaching the bottom of the pyramid. The centre also advises policy-makers on the policies that may be initiated to transform ICT into a genuine tool for sustainable development.
     Garage48 events have flexible agenda and changes are likely to happen. 

    Friday, 30th of September
    • 16:00 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    • 17:00 - Opening remarks
    • 17:30 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    • 18:30 - Refreshment Break
    • 18:45 - Pitching ideas (continues)
    • 19:30 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favorite idea
    • 20:00 - Teamwork begins, lets start the hard work!
    • ..... - you can stay @iLab Africa for the night to continue working
    Saturday, 1st of October
    • 09:00 - Doors open. We offer light breakfast. Development work continues...
    • 10:00 - Checkpoint no 1
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 13:45 - Product development...
    • 16:00 - Checkpoint no 2
    • 16:00-17:00 - Guest speakers and product demos from our sponsors
    • 19:00 - Dinner
    • 19:45 - Product development continues 
    • ... you can stay @iLab Africa for the night to continue working
    Sunday, 2nd of october
    • 09:00 - Doors open. We offer coffee and light breakfast. Product development continues
    • 10:00 - Checkpoint no 3
    • 13:00 - Lunch 
    • 13:45 - Product development...
    • 14:00 - Finalize preparing your product demo / presentation
    • 14:30 - Demo practice with mentors / jury members (10min per team)
    • 16:30 - Coffee break with light meal / snacks
    • 17:00 - Final event: presentation of finished products/services to jury and audience.
    • 20:00 - Announcement of winners, Wrap-up, networking...


    The Mentors 

    Michael Wakahe
    Founder at Shujaa Solutions
    Michael Weitzel
    Sr. Application Development Consultant - Africa at BlackBerry
    Jens Kasemets
    Project Manager at Wire
    Paul Mwachi
    Country Manager at Isys Software (K) Ltd
    Mike Macharia
    Founder & Group CEO -Seven Seas Technologies Group
    Phares Kaboro
    Co-founder at AnganiLTD
    Aaron Mbowa
    Founder and CTO of dataposIT
    Jessica Colaco
    Director of Partnerships at iHub Nairobi
    Conrad Akunga
    Director & Co-Founder at Innova Limited


    Helen Kokk
    UI/UX expert and Graphic Designer at Made By
    Ragnar Sass
    Co-founder of Garage48, Pipedrive co-founder & President.
    Elise Sass
    CEE Startup Lead @ Microsoft
    Andres Lindemann
    Spatial Planning Specialist of the Rail Baltic at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
    Lillian Nduati
    Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder at Red Cape Consult, StartupAcademyKe


     Thanks to our great sponsors for helping us to make this event become reality.

    Google is the Platinum sponsor for Garage48 Nairobi and Garage48 Kampala

    Blackberry is the sponsor for Garage48 Nairobi

    Nokia is the sponsor for Garage48 Nairobi and Garage48 Kampala

    Our partners are Edicy, ArcticStartup, Seedcamp


    If you are an organization or company working with startups and interested in supporting Garage48 Nairobi, Kenya, please enquire about our sponsorship opportunities from