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Featuring our community members: Joe Murithi Njeru

Joe Murithi Njeru is a true social entrepreneur and FOSS evangelist. Joe is director of J.S. Engine Ltd. - a technology solution provider based in Nairobi, Kenya. J.S. Engine Ltd. Develops platforms, software and web applications using Open Source tools and are certified MySQL Partners. Joe started the company with my partners in 2004 straight after attaining my Bsc. Computer Science degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja. The company currently has a team of eight and a diverse portfolio of solutions that utilise Open
Source tools such as an Insurance ERP solution running in clients in
Kenya and Zambia.

Aside from J.S. Engine, he has also started a New Media Consulting company - Zilojo Ltd. - which provides I.T consulting services for a select clientèle (ad agencies, web businesses). Zilojo Ltd. is also actively engaged in creating compelling African content. Its pilot project is which allows Kenyan's to read and refer to the New Constitution on their mobile phones, wherever they may be. We asked Joe, how he connected with ict@innovation and what his experience with the programme has been so far:

“My connection with the ict@innovate program is through the Linux Professional Association of Kenya (LPA). About 4 years ago, Evans Ikua, Barrack Otieno, Dorcas Muthoni, myself and others founded the LPA. Our goals were to advocate for FOSS in Kenya and offer services to our members. Through this connection I was informed of the Linux ToT program which I consequently applied for.

The program so far has been wonderful. I have engaged and interacted with my colleagues from East Africa and grown immensely. Being a staunch Pan-Africanist, it brings joy to my heart to see citizens of various African states learning and working together in harmony.

There is a bond, though unseen or unwritten, that is created between Africans that makes us brothers. If we are to solve Africa's problems we need this brotherhood to flourish. We have all the resources at our disposal. We just lack the political will to take the next step.

The facilitators have been great, helping us with the course material and using real world examples for inference. I have enjoyed the companionship and discourse with my new friends."

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