As part of a fast growing technology scene, Kenya has come a long way in the gadget world.Today, the country celebrates an own conceptualized and assembled laptop; Taifa laptop is a maiden product of the Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park (NITP), a subsidiary of JKUAT.
The computer device conceived and designed under the TAIFA Brand becomes the first to hit the Kenyan market poised to transform the country’s technological landscape, as well as enhancing our sense of national pride in Kenyan products.
This is a product of collaborative research output by progressive stakeholders including the Government of Kenya, who have a shared vision of making the country, not only a robust economy in the region and Africa, but also home to technological innovation. The device will also offer an opportunity to Kenyans to buy a homegrown innovation.
Taifa Laptop actualized in partnership with Inspur, an international firm based in China, where the currently retailing devices were assembled attests to the versatility of the Kenyan innovations and it affirms the country’s capacity to harness the vast knowledge in ICT and manufacturing to develop highly competitive products in the global market.
The product, whose conceptualization and subsequent production begun three years ago, and now available to the Kenyan consumers will be sold through appointed agents and retailers across the county. So far, 4,000 units have been assembled and are available for purchase at a competitive price.
The Project is modeled along a cost-effective production and manufacturing framework that involves importation of custom design and general design parts then locally assembling them into whole units within the TAIFA range of products.
According to the functional team, eventually, research, innovation and commercialization of locally and internationally generated intellectual property will lead to local manufacturing of the parts (in varying percentages and in recognition of best-fit partnerships.
TAIFA Brand is the conceptual name that shelters a range of products that will be unveiled to the Kenyan market aimed at addressing specific market needs and also spur the country’s economic growth especially in ICT equipment manufacturing.
In his remarks, JKUAT ICT Director – who is also the Technical Project Lead for the TAIFA Brand – Mr. Kiula Mwirigi said, the Taifa Laptop has been designed to offer great user experience and derives from the latest computing technologies available in the market