Areas of educational interest: Jessica is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile Technology and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made solutions via the model of Open-Innovation.
Why I’m involved in EFF: EFF provides me with a platform to debate and identify key challenges for the future of technology and education, and to encourage action to address these challenges via a global audience. EFF will also encourage the idea of Open-Innovation within academia and the technology community to spur innovation and entrepreneurship with the community.
Jessica is the Manager at iHub – Nairobi’s Tech Innovation Hub and a TEDGlobal Fellow 2009. She is a researcher and a Mobile Technology Evangelist in Kenya. She is the founder of Mobile Boot Camp Kenya Edition which was recently profiled on CNN Labs. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile Technology and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made solutions.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the School of Computing and Informatics – University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Strathmore Business School. 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.
She was the Research Leader at Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) at Strathmore University and used her position to spearhead and manage the research projects within the company. She has spoken about her work at various conferences including IDRC’s Africa’s New Frontier: Innovation, Technology and Prosperity and Relief 2.0 in Haiti at Stanford in February 2010. She has spoken about Innovation and Technology in Kenya during the Mobile Monday Summit and Mobile Brain Bank in Helsinki, Finland in September 2010.
In February 2009, ‘Business Daily’ named her as one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya’s business scene. Ms Colaço is a trailblazer said the ‘Business Daily’ and she has been instrumental in connecting young software developers with multi-national ICT companies. In March 2008, Ms Colaço helped organize the first ever Nairobi Facebook Developer Garage, an event that served as a forum for students from different universities and professional developers in Kenya to learn about the Facebook programming platform.