IBM Innovation Centre Opens in Kenya
Continuing with its expansion into Africa, IBM has announced the opening of its new IBM Innovation Centre in Nairobi.

According to IBM, the centre, the first IBM Innovation Centre 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".

"The new IBM Innovation Center is an important milestone in our expansion and work in East Africa," said Tony Mwai, country general manager IBM East Africa. "The advanced IT and business recourses at the Center will strengthen our climate of innovation and get new East African Solutions into the global marketplace."

The goal of the new IBM Innovation Centre is to nurture and grow regional IT innovation and help bring start-ups and new business IT solutions to market faster.

It 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.

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," said Mugo Kibati, chief executive officer, Kenya Vision 2030. "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."

The Nairobi Centre joins a worldwide network of 40 other IBM Innovation Centres in 33 countries, including Morocco and South Africa.

Image: The Country General Manager for IBM East Africa Tony Mwai (L) from Nairobi, 50, and the Research Director of iHub Jessica Colaco (R), 30, from Nairobi, chat in front of a map of Nairobi on display at the newly-opened IBM Innovation Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, 08 May 2013. (DAI KUROKAWA/FEATURE PHOTO SERVICE FOR IBM) ©

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