Dorcas Owinoh, 30

Director

LakeHub
My Story,

Experimenting with ideas

When she was only 20, Dorcas had big dreams of setting up a tech company that could solve societal problems.

In 2012, the techie developed Sokonect, a mobile app that links farmers with a ready market for their produce.

She had a good run with the company for three years before she quit and joined LakeHub in Kisumu, a space that aims to decentralise access to technology, grow entrepreneurship and innovation.

At LakeHub, Dorcas says, together with her partners, they have created a space where young developers in western Kenya can meet and find solutions to different challenges.

""I’m passionate about empowering women in technology. We have reached over 600 girls for the past three years in 13 high schools.""

“I’m passionate about empowering women in technology. We have reached over 600 girls for the past three years in 13 high schools,” says the Business Information Technology graduate.

Her greatest joy, she says, has been seeing girls from LakeHub picked to represent Africa at the Technovation Challenge, sponsored by Google, Verizon and the UN in Silicon Valley, US.

Apart from running LakeHub, exploring new places and taking care of her pets take up her free time.

In the future, the co-founder of LakeHub plans to start an innovation academy to continue teaching digital and design skills to African youth.

–Elizabeth Ojina