energy EFFICIENCY in buildings

Update: The final challenge statements for Nairobi Negawatt.

Currently, 54% of the world’s total population lives in urban centers, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. This growth will introduce another 2.5 billion people to urban areas worldwide and African economies where this growth is concentrated will be particularly impacted given the magnitude of unresolved urban challenges in the sectors of energy, infrastructure, transportation, housing, and employment. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception to this trend and is struggling to maintain quality municipal services the capital city of Nairobi. Among the many challenges associated with rapid urbanization, the energy sector requires immediate attention because energy demand has outpaced generation. While only around 30 percent of Kenyans have access to electricity, around 60 percent of all electricity is consumed in Nairobi. In an attempt to mainstream green growth through improved energy efficiency while relying on bottom-up citizen engagement, the World Bank’s Global ICT Practice launched the Negawatt Challenge to identify relevant hardware, software, and business solutions to tackle the relevant energy challenges currently facing Nairobi. To deliver the challenge, the World Bank has partnered with Nairobi’s IHub and Strathmore University’s @ILab Africa to host the series of events in this exciting and innovative challenge competition.



Attract Venture Capitalists to your start up 

November 24, 2015 (@iHub)


New developments in Oil, Gas and Electricity (Kenya)

October 22, 2015 (@iHub) 


Opportunities and Challenges in the Energy Sector

September 3, 2015 (@iHub)

Demo day

May 30 (@iLabAfrica)

Negawatt Weekend

March 21-22, 2015 (@iLabAfrica)


National Instruments Negawatt Meet-Up: Energy Issues & How Technologies Can Best Solve Them!

March 13, 2015 (@iHub)


January 29, 2015 (@iHub)


Energy & Energy efficiency, as well as opportunities in the local Energy Sector

January 27, 2015 (@iHub)

challenge definition day

January 29, 2015 (@iHub)



The iHub is a tech hub that exists to catalyse the growth of the Kenyan tech community. It does this by connecting people, by supporting startups and by surfacing information. We are nurturing the best innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem; one that constantly challenges and influences technology; one that can be replicated across the continent, as we believe that African innovation will play a critical role in shaping future technology globally.


4th floor, Bishop Magua Centre opposite Uchumi Hyper, off Ngong Road

@iLabAfrica is a leading research and innovation centre at Strathmore University, Nairobi Kenya. @iLabAfrica was founded in 2011 to pioneer research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT for development ecosystem. The mission of @iLabAfrica is to provide an envir­on­ment that pro­motes tech­no­lo­gical innov­a­tion and provides busi­ness sup­port struc­tures and policy dir­ec­tion to har­ness the poten­tial of ICT as a   genu­ine tool for sus­tain­able development in Africa. 

@iLabAfrica runs a business incubator-@iBizAfrica-that seeks to provide a nurturing environment that builds on the potential of the youth to develop ICT solutions and businesses that work for the common good in society. @iBizAfrica provides support for startups in the form of office space, mentoring and coaching, an environment that inspires innovation, and opportunities to forge partnerships and access investors. 


Strath­more Stu­dent Centre Build­ing (4th Floor), Keri Road, Madaraka Estate.


P.O Box 59857 00200 City Square


local project managers



@JessicaColaco /

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. 
She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of  WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya’s business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. 
She is currently pursing a Masters Degree in Applied Computing at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. 
She is a certified researcher and has carried out various research studies in conjunction with Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, and iHub Research in Nairobi, Kenya for companies and organizations, such as World Council of Credit Unions, Rockefeller, World Bank, Google, GSMA, and Africa Innovation Foundation.

Gladys Kitony

@gkitony /

With a stellar record in technology and innovation, Gladys Kitony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information technology from Strathmore University, Kenya and a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Practice from Lancaster University Management School, UK (Commonwealth Scholar). She is currently a Programs Manager at iHub.

Aside from technology and innovation, Gladys is passionate about accelerating SME growth and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth. She has thus played an active role in the growth of many start-ups in Kenya and the UK, at both strategic and advisory level. Gladys has been keen to understand entrepreneurship and innovation in the ecosystem, an interest that directed her research role at iHub Research prior to her Masters degree. 

Additionally, she co-founded AkiraChix - an organisation that inspires girls into tech.




Bernard Chiira

@startupnanny  /


Bernard Chiira is the business incubator manager at Strathmore University's @iLabAfrica. He has experience in managing startups, project management, digital marketing and research. He has also worked as an instructor in Strathmore University's Faculty of IT and Digital Advertising Academy.  Bernard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Information Technology, and a Master Degree in Mobile Telecommunication and Innovation from Strathmore University. 

Bernard is passionate about innovation, mentorship and supporting startups to succeed in Africa. 

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Tabitha Mberi


Tabitha Mberi is currently the Digital Content Manger at @iLabAfrica. She holds a Master degree in Mobile Telecommunication and Innovation and is also a graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where she pursued her Bachelor degree In Business Information technology.

She is a project coordinator and has been involved in various projects focused on various research areas including Finance, Health, Women empowerment, ICT and entrepreneurship. Aside from that, she is involved in lecturing students on Digital Advertising. She is also an entrepreneur with focus on businesses powered by technology and has a great passion for online advertising.