The hub formally announced the funding news and according to them will be using the new cash infusion for the following:
- Expand their infrastructure (network and server technology) to provide the tech community with a “sandbox” to host and test their applications
- Set up a UX testing lab to provide training on design thinking and carry out UX research in the tech world
- Setup the “ExchangeBoard Project” to support high-quality G+ hangouts and display the latest newsfeeds within the tech community
- Set up an experimental super-computer cluster environment (“rackspace”) to host data intensive applications with require high performance computing
Founded about two years ago by Erik Hersman, the iHub has grown to become the go to place for all things techie in East Africa.
Other African hubs supported by Google include Nigeria’s Co-Creation Hub and the Google initiated Umbono Tech Incubator in South Africa.