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RubyConf Kenya 2016


On the 5th to 7th May 2016, leading Ruby developers from around the world will come together to share, inspire and learn.

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Nairobi Kenya

5th-7th May 2016


RubyConf Kenya is an inclusive conference and as such strives to be welcoming and accessible to as many people as possible.


All the conference sessions will be held at Jernigan Hall, African Nazarene University, Ongata Rongai.



Ray Hightower

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Ray Hightower is a software developer, open source hardware enthusiast, founder of WisdomGroup, and organizer of ChicagoRuby, WindyCityRails, & WindyCityThings. He has visited every state in the USA and most continents on planet Earth. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his Bachelors in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Michael Kimathi

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Michael Kimathi has over 7 years experience working in innovative ecosystems and building solutions notably with BlackBerry Developer Community, Nairuby, Masomomoja, GDG, Unbound, University of Nairobi, StartupBlink, BantaMik and Atlassian. Currently, he is an entrepreneur learning from his past failures and developing better solutions which will impact the world we are living in. Previously, he was the Community Development Manager at C4DLab, where he worked closely with team C4DLab to develop innovation strategy, Partnership and change the University culture from the old status quo way of doing things to one at the forefront of innovation, he mentored startups, hosted events, organized entrepreneurship mechanics related talks with distinguished industry entrepreneurs.

Manoj Changarampatt

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Manoj is a business visionary and an independent consultant specializing in building up brands, ecosystems and executing turn-arounds. He lives in Nairobi and he has experience across East & West Africa as well as the Middle East. Having previously worked with Samsung and Nokia, he has a bias towards telecom and technology ventures but can lend support to companies that require retail and distribution expertise as well. After 25 years of corporate experience, he has delved into entrepreneurship with ventures like whilst advising entrepreneurs and startups across Nairobi.

Dr. Kendi Muchugi

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Dr. Kendi is Computer Science graduate from ANU and a holder of masters degree in Information Systems from the University of Surrey. Her doctoral research is in the field of computational neuroscience and primarily involves computational representation of visual processing within the retina, whilst simulating involvement of retina lateral neurons and allowing the convergence of Rod and Cone systems for the purpose of informing the design and development of retinal prosthesis.

Bernard Banta

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A Computer Scientist and true entrepreneur, he is the founder of Banta Technologies (BT). He has always been passionate about technology and how it can be used to leverage and transform Africa in the way we live, work, play and govern. When it comes to building, his ultimate goal is to make the world a better place. Banta is an entrepreneur and an engineer on the bleeding edge of technology.

Alvin Kato

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Introduced to programming by a close friend, Alvin abandoned an academic career as an Economist/Statistician for a keyboard and a black screen where he fell in love with ruby and the wonders of rails. His current mission is to transfer this same joy and enthusiasm for coding into the hearts of others.

Kelvin Mutuma

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FIFA Addict, novel enthusiast, adept coder, reactive and natural, ruby && general FOSS enthusiast. Abacus | GitLab

Eugene Mutai

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Eugene perceives the day he became curious with how Facebook works a calling to greatness. Since then he has self-developed skills by challenging himself with global standards set by guys like Paul Irish and the rest. Eugene has worked in tonnes of project from data analysis, hybrid html5 apps ranging from Android to Blackberry, and finally his favorite web apps. He has expansive knowledge in what it takes to build/powerful web application from architecture, technologies and tools. He is the Nairobi JavaScript Community(user-group) Lead and a consultant at iHub. Also an enthusiast in what they offer the community, thus happy in contributing all what he can.

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  • Sawo

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    Sawo is a great lover of code and the amazing things that can be done with it. He has a bias for developing

    web app usingruby on rails and currently he is the lead code slinger for BlueGate Technologies. He likes spending his weekends teaching mobile development to GDG M.M.U. His favourite quote, It's not the product, its what you can do with it. catch him

    Clement Habinshuti

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    Clement Habinshuti is a Computer Science student at the Africa Nazarene University, aspiring entrepreneur, software developer and , most importantly, a dreamer . A part from writing code and learning new things in the field of Computer Science, he also enjoys playing guitar and drawing.


    5th & 7th May at Jernigan Hall, African Nazarene University, Ongata Rongai.


    RubyConf KE Nairobi 2016 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please give them your support too.

    Ruby Sponsor

    1. GitHub

    Emerald Sponsors

    1. BantaMik
    2. Techweez

    Sapphire Sponsors

    1. Mandrill


    1. gitlab
    2. Digital Ocean
    3. Adorable
    1. pluralsight
    2. Moringa school

    Code of Conduct

    RubyConf Kenya is run under the auspices of Ruby Kenya. You can view our code of conduct. These rules must be followed by all attendees at all conference-related events.