Twitter, iHub to incubate Kenyan smart city startups

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Kenyan innovation space iHub and Twitter have teamed up for the #SmartCityNairobi Challenge, which will take place at the Nairobi Tech Week and rewards innovative ideas with cash prizes and incubation.

Disrupt Africa reported Nairobi Tech Week, hosted by the iHub and Moringa School, would take place on April 27-30, bringing together the tech community to “network, pitch products and services, and learn”.

Attendees will be invited to take part in the #SmartCityNairobi Challenge, a hackathon aimed at creating solutions to problems in Nairobi using Twitter’s API with the support of Twitter’s Developer Relations Team.

At the end of the hackathon, the best three ideas will receive a US$2,000 cash prize and the opportunity to continue on a six-week programme that includes red membership at the iHub, support and mentorship from the Twitter and iHub teams, and a final presentation to technology experts to further the development of their idea.

The overall winner will then receive a cash prize of US$10,000, with first runner-up and second runner-up taking home US$7,000 and US$5,000 respectively.

“We look forward to seeing what is possible when the best developers in Nairobi use technology to build solutions to make our city economically sustainable, to improve the quality of life, to improve service delivery and so on – possibilities are endless,” the iHub said.

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