August 14, 2014 Njeri

Art Meets Tech

Art Meets Tech, a round-table discussion that explores how the arts and technology can work together for social commentary and tackling issues in our country.

This will be an opportunity for techies (coders, designers, project managers, tech entrepreneurs) to mix with artists (singers, painters, designers, actors, sculptors, photographers) and find synergies in their work. As can already been seen from the lists of techies and artists, tech and art are not mutually exclusive. We are yet however to make a deliberate effort to bring the two together their for mutual benefit.

Come join panelists in an engaging thought provoking discussion!

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The Panelists:

Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi)

Boniface is the founder of and team leader at Pawa254. He is an award winning Kenyan photo-activist

He has been recognized as a Magnum Photography Fellow, Acumen Fund East Africa Fellow, TED Fellow, and twice as the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year,Global Post Person of the Year 2012, Africa’s Top 30 Most Inspirational Young People 2013, Temple University USA-Society of Emerging African Leaders Award 2013, among other awards. Boniface recently received the Prince Claus Award and is now a senior TED fellow.

He is also an avid motorcycle rider.

 

Blinky Bill (@247blink)

Bill Sellanga also known as Blinky Bill is a Kenyan music producer,performer and DJ affiliated to genre bending sonic pioneeers Just A Band. He started dabbling in music with his band mates in 2003 in Kenyatta University where he was studying Sports Science.

He is also working on his own solo projects including a collaboration project with some South African House producers also slated for 2015. Bill has played at many prestigious festivals around the world including SXSW, SummerStage in New York City, Paleo Festival in Switzerland amongst others. He has recently been selected as a TEDGlobal 2014 fellow and is also joining the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo in October 2014.

 

Patricia Kihoro (@misskihoro)

Patricia Kihoro is a Kenyan actress, singer, and radio personality who loves coffee, bacon, Kitenge fabric and laughter. She is a Best Actress Kalasha Award Nominee for her role as “Juliette” in “Miss Nobody”. Her other films roles include “Alina” in “Homecoming” which was featured in African Metropolis

She began her professional acting career in musical theatre productions including” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, ” Malaika”, “From Your Side of the Family”, and “Rainqueen”.On TV she played”Petronilla ‘Pet’ Nanjala” on the Mnet production Changes and “Bisquit” in “Groove Theory”, Africa’s first musical TV series.She has featured in dramatized music videos for Kenyan musicians such as Just A Band’s, “Ha-He” and “If I Could”, Muthoni DQ’s “Mikono Kwenye Hewa”, and Sauti Sol’s award winning “Coming Home”.Patricia has written, directed and produced a stage show, “Life in the Single Lane”, a narrative involving interactive storytelling, acting and singing.

Patricia is also a radio host on HBR 103.5 Saturday show Afro Central.

 

Erik Hersman (@WhiteAfrican)

Erik Hersman is an international technology influencer with a keen eye on the impact of web and mobile technology innovation across Africa. Raised in Sudan and Kenya, Erik brings unique energy and insight to the world of technology and innovation – bridging the gap between Africa and Silicon Valley.As part of the Ushahidi strategy he has been building the iHub (Nairobi’s innovation hub) , a place that has grown to 3000+ Kenyan developers, designers, and entrepreneurs with connections in the corporate, academic and investor sectors.

An avid blogger, Erik writes two different technology-related blogs – AfriGadget and WhiteAfrican. He is a TED Senior Fellow, a PopTech Faculty Fellow, sits on the Safaricom Innovation Board and is a founding organizer of Maker Faire Africa.

Mark Kamau (@Mark_Kamau)

Mark Kamau is a designer at heart and is passionate about design. He has been teaching design for over a decade and has international experience both in the continent and in Europe. He is passionate and excited about Africa and believes Africa should engage intelligently to solve her own socio-economic problems. He believes smart design truly has power to change Africa!

Mark is the founding lead of the iHub UX (User experience) Lab, first of it’s kind in Sub-Saharan Africa which teaches design thinking (also referred to as user centered design or human centered design) and carries out user testing on prototypes.

 

Tosh Juma (@iTosh)

Tosh is a renowned digital designer, brand strategist & consultant based in Nairobi and specializes in branding and digital convergence. He has over 8 years industry experience working with leading media agencies.

Today, in addition to lecturing and contributing to a variety of cultural and educational initiatives, Tosh works independently on private commissions on commercial projects for a diverse range of clients. He is based at the Watungaji design studio. The studio hosts 4 awesome designers and plans workshops for local designers in Nairobi. Tosh is also the founder of the Watungaji Studios and partner in each of their operations, his insight, methodology and appetite for excellence inform every aspect of their work. He is also the founder and partner of Mateeshoh.com

Largely a self-taught designer, Tosh has previously worked with the iHub as the Community Manager until recently where he left to concentrate on consultancy.

The roundtable shall be moderated by Elsaphan Njora (@squirecurtis)

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