Kenyan Developer Wins Nokia’s $1 Million Innovation Award

John Waibochi who is the CEO of Virtual City Kenya has won the Nokia Growth Economy Innovation Challenge Award. The $1 Million award was initiated by Nokia is to invest $1 million in an innovator with the greatest on how people can use their Nokia phones better and also simplify and improve their lives. John was competing with innovators from more than 30 countries.

The solution developed by John supports small and micro enterprises in emerging markets. John Waibochi will receive $1 million (USD) in venture capital and commitment from Nokia to help turn his idea into a business reality. Virtual City Ltd developed a Mobile Distributor Solution aimed at simplifying the supply chain.

John Waibochi is one of the few doers and not noise makers and lickers in the Kenyan tech industry. You might never have even heard of him because he is not so much a crowds guy but has steered Virtual City with greater innovations. After being announced the winner, John was personally presented with the award by Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop.

What do you think of John winning the award? Leave your comments below.

Written by Robert

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @RobertAlai or Facebook page (


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