Venue: iHub, Senteu Plaza, 6th Floor, Galana Rd

Date: 26th September 2019

Time: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm



DevCraft is an event curated by the iHub, with an audience of software engineers, project managers, product managers, quality assurance experts, data scientists, and UI/UX experts in Nairobi, Kenya.


Our goal is to bring together bright minds involved in the software development space to give talks and workshops. The aim of these sessions is to raise the quality of the software craft in Kenya by providing access to a community that champions good software design and development practices. We recognize that to improve, we need each other.


User Experience and Design, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Blockchain and its applications, Infrastructure and Scale, Tools & Practices, Web and Mobile Development, Enterprise Software, Product Management and Academia


8.30 am – 9.00 am: Arrival & Registration

9.00 am – 9.30 am: Opening Address from iHub/ Keynote Speaker

9.30am – 10.15am: Panel Discussion: “What it takes to be a modern software developer”

Come learn about Front-end/ backend software technologies; UX best practices for development; CI/CD tools, DevOps tools & practices

Panelists: Kate Kimani, Ahmed Ali, Marvin Collins & Joe Ng’ethe (Moderator:Dennis Muthuri)

10.15 am – 11.00am: Sponsor Slot (Humanitec)

“Thinking Security in Software Development Process” (presented by Aurlus Wedava)

11.00 am – 11.30am: Networking/ Tea Break

11.30am – 12.45pm: Break out sessions (Talk/ Workshop)

Option A “Unlocking New Web Capabilities Keeping The Web Instant, Powerful and Safe” by Edwin Maye

Option B “Backend development essentials” by Dennis Muturia

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch Break

1.30 pm – 2.00pm: Sponsor Slot (BRCK)

Session by BRCK

2.00pm – 2.45pm: Break out sessions (Talk/ Workshop)

Option A “Cultivating Healthy Developer/Customer Relationships” by Mercy Deche

Option B “Bias and Ethics in artificial intelligence, why we need to care” by Alfred Ongere

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Break out sessions (Talk/ Workshop)

Option A “Creating products that delights the customer” by Ken Kahiri

Option B “Easy CI/CD pipeline for your Kubernetes workloads with Google Cloud Build” by James Mwai

3.30pm – 4.15pm: Panel Discussion: “The interesting journey of a dev/ IT practitioner”

What paths are out there that the dev/ IT practitioner can opt for? What skills will be needed? IP and the software dev, Will everyone end up as a CTO/ developer lead?

Panelists: Mugethi Gitau, Janet Othero, Brian Wangila, Gareth Lloyd (Moderator: Frank tamre)

4.15pm – 4.30: Closing Remarks

4.30pm – 6.00pm: Networking/ Tea Break


Edwin Maye

Maye Edwin is a Software Developer, Technical Writer and Technology Advocate. He’s also passionate about Developer Community building and leads GDG Eldoret. He has spoken globally (East Africa, Southern Africa and the United States of America) about Technology and Software Engineering in various conferences invited by companies such as Google. His passion for Technology and its Possibilities has seen him being invited globally to share his knowledge and skills to people from different industries adopting Technology at all levels.

Janet Othero

Janet Othero is a senior associate currently practicing in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology department at TripleOKLaw LLP Advocates,  a firm that offers legal support and partnership to various financial institutions, telecommunication entities, private and government innovation hubs, and private investment entities. She has experience in negotiating, drafting and advising on sourcing agreements, strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, integration agreements and other critical agreements that enable businesses and public bodies to accomplish their commercial objectives.

Frank Tamre

Frank Tamre is an instructor, Software Engineer,  Mentor and entrepreneur who is passionate about improving the capacity of people. He worked at Intel as an Application Engineer & co-Founded Moringa School. His passion to teach saw him then start EarlyCamp that shows young children aged 4-18years old how to solve problems with Technology. He co-organizes Android254(largest Android Developer Community in Africa) and KotlinKenya. He is the droidcon Global Kenya Lead organizer for droidconKE the largest and only running Android developer focussed conference in Africa.

Alfred Ongere

Alfred Ongere is the founder and current team lead of Ai Kenya. He has been leading capacity development and industry insights in artificial intelligence in Kenya. Alfred is a product of High Impact Entrepreneurship Training in Boston University, under the TrepCamp Program and also the host of the Ai Kenya Podcast. Among his top achievements in Artificial Intelligence, he received a honorary mention under the Maathai Impact Award in 2018, which recognizes work by African innovators in the field of machine learning and Artificial intelligence.

Mugethi Gitau

Mugethi Gitau is an experienced digital strategist and community builder. Her experience ranges from a medical research organization, humanitarian organizations, a youth serving non profit organization, and the iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub. She also runs a social business, Mugzie’s Naturals that aims to make the natural lifestyle accessible and affordable to Kenyans by creating a line of all natural products for the, body, lips, and beard providing natural hair/skincare information and a forum on which to discuss issues surrounding natural hair

Joy Kendi

Joy Kendi is a Product & Service designer at iHub Consulting. She is passionate about technology and design thinking’s ability to bring together diverse groups of people to co-create the right solutions to many of Africa’s challenges. She has worked with startups, corporates and NGOs across Africa to conduct UX research, facilitate design workshops and manage the delivery of digital products using agile methodologies.

Mercy Deche

Mercy is a technology project manager at Medic Mobile. She is passionate about finding more efficient and economic ways to do product development work. She is an advocate for agile values and is always looking for opportunities to improve business and process agility. 

Marvin Collins

Marvin Hosea CEO and Software developer at Apps:Lab Limited, co-organizer at Android254 and droidconKE. Graduated from Moi University with Bachelor of science in computer science. He is a developer advocate and passionate about software product design.

Dennis Muturia

Dennis an articulate, competent and ambitious Software Developer currently working at DT ONE. He is enthusiastic for knowledge of new technology is what drives him everyday because it keeps on changing and improving each and everyday. He has a strong background in Java Programming.

Dennis Muthuri

Currently the Head of Engineering at iHub Software Consulting, Dennis has 5+ years of software development experience in diverse tech stacks, in addition to adopting a design led approach to building software. He has worked with diverse teams to deliver projects in the E-commerce, Humanitarian, Social Governance and Agriculture Industry. He is passionate about building a product mindset and taking products from ideation to market while being open to mentoring the next generation of junior developers.

Kate Kimani

Kate is a software engineer with 9 years of industry experience working for leading technology companies in Kenya (Cellulant, M-KOPA Solar & Lendable) in various roles as a manager and individual contributor. She holds a BSc. in Software Engineering from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and beingpassionate about entrepreneurship, spent a year training at MEST, an incubation program forAfrican software entrepreneurs based in Ghana. She is a volunteer with the Python Nairobi user groupwhere she helps plan the PyConKE conferences and Python meetups.

Brian Wangila

Brian Wangila is the Co-founder and CTO of Skyline Design Limited, a digital agency whose sole purpose is to create meaningful solutions using design and technology. He earned his ropes as software engineer then transitioned to leading product teams consisting of UX researchers, designers and developers creating award-winning products for companies such as Safaricom, Nation Media Group, BRCK, Aga Khan University and Code for Africa.He is passionate about solving problems and helping mentor the next generation.

Ken Kahiri

Ken Kahiri is a UX designer who aims creating products that meets user needs. He has worked across various industries in Non-profit, consulting, and for profit. He’s well versed in conducting UX research and coming up with solutions that addresses user needs.

Aurlus Wedava

Aurlus is a software engineer with considerable experience working on software systems for various domain problems. He currently holds a senior backend engineer role at Humanitec GmbH and previously held the same at Twiga Foods. He has also co-founded a software consultancy and long worked as a software systems consultant for some tech firms in Nairobi & on Upwork Inc. He is also an active open-source contributor and co-founded a Google developer group. He has a keen interest on contributing to and growing with the vibrant technology ecosystem in Kenya.

Gareth Lloyd

Gareth Lloyd is a startup CTO with a focus on engineering practices and software quality. Over the past five years, as CTO at Housekeep, he’s built a cleaning technology platform from idea stage to over £10m annual recurring revenue. Housekeep now has tens of thousands of customers and cleaners in London, and was named 6th fastest growing company in Europe by the Financial Times. This year, he has moved to Nairobi to explore the city’s tech scene, and focus more deeply on coding web and mobile applications. Gareth loves Python, Typescript and thinking about how great teams can work together.

James Mwai

James is a software engineer, mentor and entrepreneur with over 8 years experience in design and implementation of mobile and web-based software systems and is actively involved in the Kenyan tech community where he has participated in many technology events both as an organiser and a speaker. James’ key technical skills are Python, Django and Cloud Architecture and during his career, he has worked on many web apps, mobile apps and information systems. James currently works as the Co-Founder & CTO of eCommerce startup Sky.Garden in Nairobi and is a Google Developer Expert for Cloud.

Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali is a software engineer and Scrum Master at FrontlineSMS. He studied Civil Engineering in China and later joined Moringa School where he followed his software engineering passion. Ahmed is a nerd for software engineering principles, tools and processes and has used this to become a strong contributor to high performing dev teams.

Lincoln Njogu

Lincoln Njogu is a tech enthusiast with over 8 years of experience working directly with computer technology with an inclination to entrepreneurship. His specific role at iHub includes technological advice for programs, projects & coaching to community members. He is also involved in the planning & implementation of iHub tech infrastructure.




DevCraft is an event being curated by the iHub, with an audience of software engineers, project managers, product managers, quality assurance experts, data scientists, and UI/UX experts in Nairobi, Kenya