After 12 hour bus trip from Kampala to Nairobi I arrived to Nairobi at 5am in the morning. It was my first contact to the country side and real African people. I had change to talk with side road people when bus stopped and also had change to have talks with local people in the bus. People seem to have positive feeling about their future, especially Kenyans. Nairobi’s morning reminded me of chilly Finnish summer mornings while I headed to my hotel to get ready to meet Jussi Impiö from Nokia Research Center. Jussi gave me valuable designer and anthropological perspective on mobile services and people’s everyday life. Finally he answered best way to my question I have been looking answer: Why mobile innovations are now coming from developing countries? “In developed countries we need to innovate on problems (needs), here we don’t have to do that!”

Next day I went to visit Jessica Colaco in iHub. We met with Jessica last month in Mobile Africa event I was organizing in Helsinki and now was my turn to finally see what is this place called iHub that everyone is talking about. IHub really is a nice place situated in fifth floor of new building with lot of sun light and with great view over the city, and moreover armed with fastest connection in the region. However, most importantly it was nice to see a group of enthusiastic young people wondering around and talking about new ideas while master mind Whiteafrican A.K.A Erik Hersman was sitting with his laptop in the middle of the space like father bear keeping watch on younger generation romping around. Here comes the capacity to solve the problems Jussi was indicating! Kenya matters! We initialy talked with Jessica to start cooperation on mobile learning. See the demo on learning dictionary Ledi we developed last spring in Aalto Service Camp with students from design, technology and business backgrounds.

Even most of the iHub member seem to be university students, my biggest worry is that iHub is located far away from universities making day to day informal encounter less likely to happen with non-core people. The same applies to big companies. Even companies such as Nokia, Google and Microsoft have been actively participating to iHub activities actual corporate offices lay far away. Last I was surprised that there were no small companies or start-up representatives hanging around or located to same building. Well, this will change soon in the future if culture and activities keep developing with same speed as lately.

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