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Pwani Innovation Week: Stimulating the Digital Economy in Kenya’s coastal region
In an effort to foster innovation and create sustainable solutions in the Coast, Swahilipot Hub and Partners to host the Pwani Innovation Week on December 3 -6, 2019
Mombasa, Kenya (November 6, 2019); Leading Coast-based innovation hub, Swahilipot, will host the 2nd Pwani Innovation Week scheduled for December 3-6th, 2019; followed by the Blue Hackathon on 8 and 9 December. The event, being the largest innovation event of the year taking place along the coastal strip, is a consolidated effort by the Hub and its partners to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the coastal region. The Hub, through the event, also intends to enhance the development of innovative ideas and capabilities. “This year we will take and be present in all the six coastal counties, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Mombasa, and Taita Taveta. With our partners, we have committed to providing much sort skills to youths and residents, who ordinarily would never have access to the resource people we have assembled from around the country and globally, said Swahili Pot Hub Board Chairman Mahmoud Noor.

Themed on the Digital Economy on the realization that technology has disrupted almost every single aspect of our lives, the event targets emerging technologies that are changing the way we engage, work and do business. In addition, the event will also see the unique collaboration of Pwani Innovation Week with the Blue Hackathon, leading up to the Jumuiya Agriculture and the Blue Economy Investment Conference (JABEIC). This critical partnership will ensure discussions on policy implications through to investment opportunities are addressed at the event.

Noor further stated that “Activities are being rolled out across all the counties of the Coast with varying events and programs, to cater to a wide range of demographics and interests. At our main venue and the week, we will feature Hack-a-thons, training, and workshops; keynote speakers from industry and thought leaders, and boot camps, and our famed Pwani Gat Talent too.”
Coming on board to partner with Swahilipot for this event include diverse partners, namely Cellulant, Seacom, Huawei, Cisco, Liquid Telecom; and government and non-government agencies such as the ICT

authority, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, National Museum of Kenya, Kenya Red Cross Society, International Center for Humanitarian Affairs, Jumuiya, Konza Technology, Mombasa
County, Thunderbird Business School, Innovus, Sera Africa and the British High Commission in Nairobi, through various British agencies.
Details of the event are available on the Pwani Innovation Week website:

About Pwani Innovation Week
Pwani Innovation Week is a consolidated effort by Swahilipot Hub, and its partners to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the coastal counties of Kenya – Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River, Taita Taveta.
Scheduled for December 3 – 6, 2019 in Mombasa at the Swahilipot Hub, the event is aimed at stimulating the Innovation ecosystem in the Pwani region.
Details of the event are available on the Pwani Innovation Week website:

Swahilipot Hub
Swahilipot hub is a modern community-based innovative-creative hub that focuses on inspiring and helping communities thrive. It brings together changemakers, technologists, artists of all caliber, technologists, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, investors, and donors; providing them an opportunity to share knowledge, learn, find mentors and expound on ideas that will lead to the development of sustainable growth in Kenya and globally at large.
To learn more about Swahilipot Hub, visit

Cellulant is a leading Pan-African financial technology company that organizes Africa’s marketplaces by connecting buyers, sellers and other critical stakeholders with an underlying payment solution that enables them to make and receive payments. Cellulant provides a single digital payment solution, Tingg-  a digital commerce and financial services platform runs an ecosystem of consumers, retailers, merchants, banks, mobile network operators, Governments and International Development Partners. Today, Tingg hosts 120 of the largest banks in Africa, 40 mobile money operators, 600 local and international merchants; and is connected to 220M consumers across 34 countries.

For more information, visit

Today SEACOM is the preferred partner for African businesses, network carriers, and service providers. SEACOM launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the continent’s eastern and Southern coasts in 2009. Through its ownership of Africa’s most extensive ICT data infrastructure – including multiple subsea cables and a resilient, continent-wide IP-MPLS network – SEACOM provides a full suite of flexible, scalable and high-quality communications and cloud solutions that enable the growth of the continent’s economy.

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. We have nearly 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.
Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions, and services is both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes. At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward.

Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, in the center of Silicon Valley. Cisco develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products.

Liquid Telecom
Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fiber optic, satellite, and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions and retailers, as well as award-winning data storage and communication solutions to businesses across Africa and beyond.

ICT Authority
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Authority is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology. The corporation was established in August 2013. The Authority is tasked with rationalizing and streamlining the management of all Government of Kenya ICT functions. Our broad mandate entails enforcing ICT standards in Government and enhancing the supervision of its electronic communication. We also promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise in line with the Kenya National ICT Masterplan 2017.

Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology
The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) have responsibility for formulating, administering, managing and developing the Information, Broadcasting and Communication policy. In May 2016, through an Executive Order No. 1/2016, the Ministry was split into two state Departments.
The State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications and The State Department of ICT and Innovation.
The mandate of the Ministry as derived from Presidential Executive Order No.1/2016 of May 2016 comprises the formulation of policies and laws that regulate standards and services in the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) sector, Telecommunications, and the Media industry. It is also charged with the responsibility of developing and administering  ICT standards, building capacity of mass media and ICT, and the dissemination of public information through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

National Museum of Kenya,
National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is a state corporation established by an Act of Parliament, the Museums and Heritage Act 2006. NMK is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. This is for the purposes of enhancing knowledge, appreciation, respect and sustainable utilization of these resources for the benefit of Kenya and the world, for now, and posterity. NMK’s mutual concern for the welfare of mankind and the conservation of the biological diversity of the East African region and that of the entire planet demands success in such efforts.
In addition, NMK manages many Regional Museums, Sites, and Monuments of national and international importance alongside priceless collections of Kenya’s living cultural and natural heritage. As an institution that must respond to the growing needs of the society, NMK is striving to contribute in a unique way to the task of national development.

Kenya Red Cross Society
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was established on 21 December 1965 through the Kenya Red Cross Society Act. (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya). Its Constitution is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 to which Kenya is a signatory.
The National Society was officially recognized by the Government in the Kenya Red Cross Society Act (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya) as a voluntary aid Society auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and as the only National Red Cross Society that carries out its activities in the Kenyan territory.
Over the years, KRCS has remained the leading humanitarian agency and the strongest humanitarian brand in Kenya, the East Africa region and Africa. This is evident with the level of expectation and confidence that the communities in Kenya have bestowed on the Society. At the national level, operations are spearheaded by a management team led by the Secretary-General while at the county level, KRCS is governed by boards and administratively managed by a Regional Manager.

International Center for Humanitarian Affairs
The International Center for Humanitarian Affairs’ core mission is to contribute extensive knowledge that will help alleviate human suffering through building safe, resilient and sustainable communities. Its main activities are:
⦁ Research, evidence & knowledge generation
⦁ Knowledge management
⦁ Data collection, analysis & use
⦁ Evidence-based public policy advocacy
⦁ Tailored made training & capacity development
⦁ Co-designing innovative solutions with
More information on:

Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP)
JKP aspires to be a social Innovation partnership network focused on enabling the Workforce and the MSMEs. The vision is aimed at changing the story of the Coast region by transforming the region into a high middle-income regional population with a special focus on the youth and women through employment and wealth creation. This is through the creation of a workforce and an MSME incubator that seeks to create employment and wealth and the identification and creation of Regional Flagship Projects phased for high impact delivery. This shall be anchored by A PPP special purpose vehicle to catalyze social impact investments.

Konza Technology
Konza Technopolis, previously called Konza Technology City, is a large technology hub planned by the Government of Kenya to be built 64 km south of Nairobi on the way to the port city of Mombasa. It is marketed as a key driver of Kenya’s national development plan, known as Kenya Vision 2030

Mombasa County
Mombasa County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya. Its capital and the only city in the county is Mombasa. Initially, it was one of the former districts of Kenya but in 2013 it was reconstituted as a county, on the same boundaries. It is the smallest county in Kenya, covering an area of 229.7 km2 excluding 65 km2 of water mass. The county is situated in the southeastern part of the former Coast Province. It borders Kilifi County to the north, Kwale County to the southwest and the Indian Ocean to the east. Administratively, the county is divided into seven divisions, eighteen locations, and thirty sub-locations.

Thunderbird Business School
Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is a global management school in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1946 as an independent, private institution, it was acquired by Arizona State University in 2014.

Innovus is founded and led by a team of networked experts with strategic insight and industry-gained experience in business and technology including financial management, ICT risk, and strategy, business strategy planning, and execution.
Our areas of expertise also include tax advisory and compliance, business development and marketing, customer relationship management, business startups, and turnarounds, corporate training and business thought leadership.

British High Commission in Nairobi
The British High Commission in Nairobi is the diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Nairobi. It is located in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi. The current British High Commissioner to Kenya is Jane Marriott, appointed in September 2019.
Kenya was a colony of the United Kingdom, therefore diplomatic relations were established with the creation of the Kenya Colony in 1920. The United Kingdom was represented in Kenya by a governor. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963, with both countries establishing high commissions as fellow members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Press Contact
Contact: Shufaa Ali
Phone: +254 731 347 434

For more information about Pwani Innovation Week, startups, exhibitions, sessions, training, application for speakers and registration to attend, check out, or email

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Swahilipot Hub x AWS

Swahilipot Hub has joined the AWS Activate program. Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS.

What does this mean for startups within the community? Eligible startups will receive:

$5,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years
1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $5,000).
80 credits for Self-Paced Labs ($80 value)

Are you startup within the community and your startup with gain significantly in access to the AWS offerings? Fill this form

Britone Mwasaru

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Announcing the Community Council

277 days have gone by since 20th December 2017 when we formally launched a Community Governance Initiative at Swahilipot Hub. This initiative was intended to achieve two things:

grant community members the opportunity to share their experiences on engaging with Swahilipot
create an opportunity for members to participate in drafting and implementing ideas to grow and strengthen Swahilipot Hub
Since then, a Community Governance committee has surveyed the community to identify needs and criticisms that we could respond to. These responses were summarized into a report and actioned by various sub-committees. More details on this process is described in this previous blog post.

I’m grateful to the committee that has led this process this far. Thank you to Mwanahamisi Adam, Francis Ikoha, Vincent Ouma, Jamila Hassan Awadh, Kelvin Omondi (Ohms Law Montana), Simon Adeya, Rajab Salim (Malenga 001), Britone Mwasaru and Angela Mumbi.

Community Governance Transition into a Community Council
After reflecting on the lessons resulting from this process and after discussions with community members and the board, Swahilipot Hub has decided to conclude the Community Governance Initiative by adding a Community Council to our governance structure.

Our intention in creating this council is to strengthen Swahilpot Hub’s governance by giving community members a platform to participate in decision making.

We are putting our community members fully in charge of the health, growth and governance of our community.

So what does the Community Council look like and how does it work?

The Swahilipot Hub Community Council is comprised of people who care about their community and want to make it more vibrant and active. These individuals are themselves active in Swahilipot Hub community activities and programs.

The council will be composed of 5 elected councillors and 1 Executive Committee member in the person of the Director of Community and Engagement.

To be nominated to stand for election as a candidate for Councillor, one must:

be 18 years of age or over (by the date of the close of nomination)
have his/her name appearing on the current register of community members
have been an active member of Swahilipot Hub for a period not less than six months
have no criminal record
show a record of activities one has been involved that has benefited the community in one way or another
be nominated by 10 registered community members who have been active for at least six months
Once elected, Community Councillors will serve a one year term.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Community Council
Resolve community conflicts and handle disciplinary cases.
It is common for a community that lives and works together to have conflicts arise among its members. The council shall convene to listen to and resolve the arising conflicts. They will do this guided by the Swahilipot conflict resolution document.
Conduct community surveys to determine arising issues and respond to them.
The needs of the community are bound to evolve. It is therefore the mandate of the council to constantly determine the changing need and plan suitably to meet them.
Conduct crowdfunding sessions for community programs.
The community members often come up with projects that are steered towards helping them grow and develop in their respective talents. It is therefore the responsibility of the council through various means to avail the most basic of resources to ensure their success.
Organize community programs and activities e.g Team building, Charity, Tournaments.
To attain the goal of a vibrant community, activities are very important. It is therefore important for the council to plan for activities that bring the community together. Examples of activities they can plan for are team building, charity events, tournaments and activities to mark the world celebration days like International day of peace, world tree planting day, etc
Highlight success stories.
Creating success stories is a key goal of Swahilipot Hub. Its however unfortunate that some of the stories go unnoticed. It will be the responsibility of the council to identify and highlight the stories of growth and success among the members.
Spearhead the sensitization of community members.
An informed community is a resourceful community. It will be on the shoulders of the council to ensure that the community get all the necessary information they need to grow.
Other roles and responsibilities will be adopted as ideas from candidate manifestos receive acceptance and endorsement from community members

Community Council Elections
Community Council elections will be held annually and will follow a one year cycle. Where necessary, By-Elections will be conducted to fill vacancies that arise.

The first Community Council Elections will be held in December 2018 and will be conducted by the Director of Community and Engagement.


There are many innovation hub’s and communities and Kenya and the larger East Africa but we believe we are one of the few, if not the only hub that has empowered our community members and strengthened our governance by giving community members a decision making role.

We are eager to implement the council and share lessons of this process with other institutions as our contribution to developing a strong innovation ecosystem in the region.

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Swahilipot Hub joins Afrilabs


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Swahilipot Hub has joined Afrilabs. AfriLabs is a network organization of 100 innovation centers across 30 African countries. It supports hubs to raise successful entrepreneurs that will create jobs and develop innovative solutions to African problems.

For Swahilipot Hub community, this is an opportunity to learn and share experiences with the community around the continent. The network will help us achieve our main goal which is to help the community members help themselves. The Afrilabs shares resources and opportunities that will benefit and grow our community.

We look forward to meet  and learn from the network members while attending the annual Afrilabs gathering this year.

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Changes to Swahilipot Hub

On Wednesday 9th May, 2018, the Swahilipot team led by the board held a half day Strategy Retreat at Hotel EnglishPoint to consider three things: the organization and its mission, the Executive team, and the programs we undertake.

We made a number of changes with regard to these three themes so let’s look at them in depth.

The Organization

After reflecting on our role and unique position in the innovation ecosystem, we unanimously agreed to change the mission to the following:

Swahilipot hub exists to help the community to develop themselves.

What this means concretely is that Swahilipot Hub aims to help the community grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate in their skills, character or with their ideas.

How will we do this?

Success stories – We will work to develop more successes from the ideas and initiatives that community members work on.
Avail resources – We will work to avail more resources to community members that will help them achieve their ends.
Vibrant community – We will work to create a supportive community with a strong collaboration culture so that you can work with others to advance your goals.

The Team

Over the past year the board and team have worked to Swahilipot Hubs’ efficiency by putting in place structures and systems. These systems are only as good as the people who oversee them and as such, we decided to make the following changes to the team so that we’re better able to meet our targets.

== Executive Team ==

*Please Note: All Executive Team members report to the Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board.

Executive Director – Fatma Mkwariza
Chief of Staff (Legal, HR, Operations) – Asma Al-Amin
Director of Technology – Britone Mwasaru
Director of Arts – Stephanie Maseki
Director of Community & Engagement – Angela Mumbi
Director of Marketing & Communications – Jamila El-Jabry
Director of Development – Ruth Kaveke
Director of Finance – Robert Katavi
Technical Director – Joab Kose
Administrative Director – Francis Ikoha

== Subordinate Staff ==

*Please Note: Subordinate Staff are not members of the Executive Team

Mumina Saad – Receptionist (Reporting to Asma Al-Amin)
Sakina Malik – Receptionist (Reporting to Asma Al-Amin)
Issa Ziri – Programs Assistant – Technology (Reporting to Britone Mwasaru)
Hussein A. Hussein – Programs Assistant – Arts. Also responsible for Security and Protocol. (Reporting to Stephanie Maseki and Francis Ikoha)
Shufaa Yakut – Communications Assistant (Reporting to Jamila El-Jabry)
Simon Adeya – Administrative Assistant. Also responsible for Safety. (Reporting to Francis Ikoha)

Note: All these roles are voluntary.

Please join me in congratulating these men and women on their roles and supporting them in achieving our mission to help the community develop themselves.

We’ve relieved 5 people of their roles and responsibilities at Swahilipot Hub. They are Paul Akwabi, Joscar Oriaro, Nelson Nthiani, Emmanuel Mutheki and Kelvin Mayieka. This decision is not a negative reflection on them or their dedication to Swahilipot Hub. We sincerely appreciate every hour they have set aside to help us achieve our mission and we hope they continue to do so as members of the community.

Programs & Activities

Swahilipot Hub has been host to many programs – initiated both by staff and community members alike. We’re also increasingly working and collaborating with other organizations.

To provide a better experience for everyone, we’ll be cutting down on programs and activities that are not aligned with our new mission. We will also be putting in place guidelines that will help us more easily determine whether we should pursue a certain program or partnership.

This also filters down to the community level. The Community Governance Initiative has a sub-committee working on programs and events led by Krispy and DJ Lenium. It is our hope that you, through this committee, will help develop guidelines and standards that will guide community initiatives at Swahilipot Hub.

Some of you may have questions or concerns on these changes. Kindly channel them to Fatma Mkwariza, Executive Director, Swahilipot Hub. She will forward them to the board.

We sincerely hope that these changes will positively benefit Swahilipot Hub and the community and we seek your partnership through collaboration to make it happen.

For and on behalf of the Swahilipot Hub Board,

Simeon Oriko

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