IBM Innovation Center Opens in Kenya
IBM continues its expansion into Africa with the opening of a new IBM Innovation Center in Kenya.Continuing with its expansion into Africa, IBM announced the opening of a new IBM Innovation Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The new facility, the first IBM Innovation Center in East Africa, will help fuel growth and innovation in the region, providing IT partners, developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics with access to the latest enterprise software and hardware, training, and business and marketing support, IBM said. The center is co-located with a new IBM Client Center that brings the company's expertise to clients in the region. The goal of the new IBM Innovation Center is to nurture and grow regional IT innovation and help bring startups and new business IT solutions to market faster. The center is focused on solutions that use analytics, mobile and cloud technologies to solve key local and global challenges such as traffic congestion and better energy management. Center attendees will be able to participate in virtual and in-person training, test out their new products, network with peers from around the world, and receive mentoring and guidance from IT and business experts. "Technology is playing a critical role in building stronger Kenyan and East African economies," Mugo Kibati, CEO of Kenya Vision 2030, said in a statement. "IBM is an essential partner in helping us create a vibrant network of highly skilled individuals and businesses, who are driving innovation for Africa and the world."
Kenya has become something of a hotbed of technology for IBM in Africa. The company opened an IBM Research lab in Nairobi in August 2012. As IBM's first Research Lab in Africa, the Nairobi lab is driving a program of Pan-African research designed to help solve some of the continent's biggest challenges such as urbanization, next-generation public-sector and human-capacity development. Meanwhile, in February, IBM named MoDe, a Nairobi-based startup focusing on delivering credit to customers in emerging countries via prepaid mobile, IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year at the IBM SmartCamp finals in New York.