A 54 hour start-up event, Startup Weekend, that canvases cities around the world will be in Nairobi on February 24-26.
The events usually start with the pitching of ideas by participating start-ups on day 1, followed by teams working on their products on day 2. The final pitches taking place on day three.
Startup Weekend Nairobi contributing organizers include Linet Kwamboka (Co-Founder of Akirachix), Nailab and Growthhub. The event thus taking place in Nailab with break out sessions in Growthhub. The organizers of Nairobi are aiming to bring together technology entrepreneurs as well as participants from other sectors, like agriculture, education and communication.
The event speaker line include Paul Kukubo, Chairman of the Kenya ICT Board and John Waibochi of Virtual City in Kenya. So far, 3 mentors and 4 judges have been announced, amongst them Kenyan business tycoon Chris Kirubi.
The tech event and competition ecosystem grows to take lead in promoting young African entrepreneurs. Some of the popular startup events in East Africa include IPO48, Garage48, Mobile Monday and Mobile Web East Africa.