“The impact of ICT is like magic – it’s difficult to understand but fascinating to watch!”
– Tobias Grünfelder, Kenya Business Guide
On the 26thof July, the Kenya Business Guide (KBG) successfully launched its third Sector Brief on Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Decoding the Silicon Savannahhosted by Mettā Nairobi in partnership with the Strathmore University Business School.
Kenya’s technology ecosystem is significantly developed and provides an unprecedented avenue for business and socio-economic development. However, the economic prospects of ICT in Kenya have often been overstated leading to normative claims under the banner of the ‘Silicon Savannah’.
Tobias Grünfelder from the KBG opened up the session with a presentation of the ICT sector in Kenya with points drawn from the Sector Brief. There was a panel discussion moderated by Sahil Shah of the Kenya Business Guide. The panelists included: Juliana Rotich, Country Cluster Head, BASF East Africa; Monica Kerretts, Senior Faculty, Strathmore Business School; Marvin Tumbo, C.E.O. Socialight Media Limited; and Bitange Ndemo, Chairman, Blockchain & AI Taskforce. The event saw the panelists unpack the narrative of the Silicon Savannah and assess Kenya within a regional and global context in order to determine the status of the country’s ICT Sector in relation to long term trends and emerging issues.
In addition, Jacque Njeri, the first and current ‘Artist in Residency’ at the Hanns Seidel Foundation, under the KBG, presented her art of the famous ‘Maa-Sci’, which is a series of digital collages that imagines the Maasai in space.
The Sector Brief on ICT: Decoding the ‘Silicon Savannah’ can be found here