The last 24 hours has seen an interesting tweeter debate, if you missed it then you need to follow @pkukubo (Paul Kukubo), @samgichuru (nailab), @blongwe (Brian Longwe), @kenyanpundit, @mbuguanjihia, @mikemachariaSST (Mike Macharia Seven Seas) and David Ndungu @davidndugu. On request from @agostal and @kenyanpundit and accepted by all, its time to move from behind the keypads and have a debate that can accommodate more than 140 characters
The Request: A forum that will allow you to express yourself, is government being fair in awarding MNC tenders yet claiming to develop local tech business, do we have local capacity to handle some of this contracts?, are local tech companies being recruitment centers for the MNCs? Should private business depend on government contracts for growth? Are the same local companies giving smaller Startups and SME’s similar opportunities... hard talk? maybe, the debate will be moderated by some of Kenyans best.
So on request from all the people/tweeps mentioned above, KICTB and Nailab will Co-Sponsor an intense debate limited to 80 participants on Friday Morning this week at the Nailab, you can start asking your questions on twitter using harshtag #>140friday, Get your ticket here, we have a limit of 80 Tickets FREE. - http://www.eventbrite.com/event/618723619
NB: Guest panel confirmed, So far Paul KuKubo, Linus Gitahi, Mike Macharia, Brian Longwe, have confirmed, Other proposed names on guest panel are Dan Awendo/Investor, Mbugua Njihia, Bloggers and start-up CEO's, a full list will be confirmed by Midday tomorrow the 8th.
Date: 9th Friday 2012
Location: @thenailab, Bishop Magua Center 4th Floor
Time: Start time: 7:30 – End time 10:00 (1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours,)
Proposed Moderator: Larry Madowo , Linus Gitahi & Terry Anne Chebet
Confirmed Guest Panel: Paul Kukubo, Mike Macharia, Linus Gitahi – list growing by the min.
Participants: Players and stakeholders in ICT especially Tech Entreprenuers
Media: Nation Media, Capital FM, Hope FM, … list growing by the min
Harsh tag: “#>140 Friday”
Tag Line “tech debate beyond 140 Characters”
7:20 – Moderator gets people to queue for breakfast
7:30 – Serve Breakfast and get everyone sited
8:00 – Moderator Introduces the topic and a set of rules on the format of the debate
8:20 – Guest panel give their opinions to set pace for the debate (3 mins each)
8:30 – Floor Opens to some debate well moderator for an hour
9:30 – Wrap up, some juice and Networking
10:00 – End