Nairobi equals mobile; the Nairobi mobile market is highly active, very innovative and eclectic. Startup companies like MoDE, named IBM Global Entrepreneur of the year 2013, is an example of the startup companies one sees in Nairobi.
Many of them are built around the USSD and SMS standards, and focused on the feature phone market, which still is dominant in Kenya and the rest of Africa.
But that is changing. There are electronics store everywhere featuring the very latest smartphones and tablet and 4G is being rolled out as well.
So the interest in IBM's Worklight was high when we taught two classes at the Innovation Center in Nairobi.
Over 40 students showed up at short notice and tore into the class materials as if there was no tomorrow.
After two hours it was time to ask if the students were ready to proceed to lab 2. The answer was not holy unexpected. "Lab 2? we are already on lab 3 and 4".
Smart programmers, a mobile culture and the IBM Innovation Center combine to make the Nairobi mobile marked a natural for Worklight and the iBM MobileFirst portfolio of products.