Against a backdrop of crime and general lack in the slums of Nairobi, Mark Kamau, born in 1980, grew up not only dreaming of a better future but also grabbing every chance that came his way to create the future of which he dreamed. This happened in 2000 when he managed to register himself at web design school NairoBits (founded by the Dutch foundation Butterfly Works).
He jumped at the chance, starting as one of the first web design students in East Africa although he had never touched a keyboard before, studying design, technique and African culture. He moved from creating his first website for an international client, to becoming a trainer at NairoBits, to setting up his own web company, then becoming the manager of Kilimanjaro Film Institute in neighboring Tanzania and now back to Nairobi to become the manager of NairoBits (now a hub of technological innovation). In 10 years, Mark (and many NairoBits students like him) has shown, what talent can achieve given exposure and fertile ground. Mark is excited about the future.