The vision of establishing JubaHUB started in May 2013, when Lagu Stephen, the founding director of KAPITAL and the current founding executive director of JubaHUB made his first transformational journey to Europe’s premier city, Berlin to represent KAPITAL in global innovation gathering (GIG). The GIG was a perfect opportunity for Lagu to present the milestone of KAPITAL, in community transformation and the social platform-Kapital hub (kHUB) which was established to provide platform for young media producers to connect, co-work and innovate for peace and development. With floss and immaturity, Lagu quickly caught the attentions of the gathering, one whom become an ardent supporter of kHUB during and after the Young African Mind Conference in Berlin.
and in 2014, Lagu started carrying out training and advocating for Open culture and knowledge sharing, which started with only two students in his crump “Tukulu-grass thatched hut”. Later on that same year, UNESCO, provided a coworking space for Lagu and his colleagues to share what they learn from Youtube.
In 2015, transformational changes took place. Originally called kHUB, the idea was thrown to challenge by both the local and international community as limiting to Kapital Community hence in mid-July, 2015, the name #JubaHUB was given as being inclusive and to give sense of community oriented impression as the Hub emerges. “The word “Juba” in JubaHub does not mean that it is limited to Juba people, it simply means that jHUB is geographically located in Juba but has no sense of belonging to Juba community only. It is for all people who share the dreams and aspiration of the key mission of JubaHUB.
In February, 2015 when Lagu and his colleague in collaboration with r0g-agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation applied for Support and grant to Internews’ istream project, where their first project, the south Sudan #peacehackcamp was approved which gave the young organisation KAPITAL, to even increase their impact, were able to conduct professional trainings in media production and the use and initiation of open tech and entrepreneurship in South Sudan.
- The event was a huge success, it brought over 41 participants who curated and run over Can we be exact?12 hands on workshops for three days. Thereafter the vocabulary of business and entrepreneurship started to take shape and forms in Juba.
- Many young people developed their skills and some of them even started to register their own organisations. The holistic women empowerment workshop has changed the mindset and perception of many women to embrace simple technology for business operations.
- The mobile solar charging, DIY, has started trails of imitation for young south Sudanese to start technology adhocs initiatives. The event also through showcased the nascent technology initiatives such as drones building, and mechanical building initiatives.
- More importantly, this event, as the first, south Sudanese invention has been exported to colombia. The south Americans are now using the same peace innovation to build peace culture in the continent.
In December, 2015, various memorandums of understanding were signed with regional and international Hubs: k-Lab from Rwanda, icealex from Egypt, m-Lab, from Kenya, icebauhaus and Bongo-hive from Zambia and with local organization such as Women’s Union, Aggrey Jaden Cultural Centre, Data Media and Mercy home during the South Sudan peace.
In October 17th, 2015, the first charter of #JubaHUB was established under the guidance of Marcos Lemma, the co-founder of iceaddis, together with Stephen Kovats, the founding executive director of r0g-Agency and Lagu Stephen, the founding director of Kapital Movie together with couple of students of Kapital Academy who now are the pioneers of the lux members of #JubaHUB.
The fully organisational development of JubaHUB, started under two successful application to German Ministry of Economic and International Development, BMZ, through icebauhaus in collaboration with r0g-Agency. Two of these projects are “Juba Step Up Media Lab, which resulted into public launch of south Sudan peacehackcamp. The Let’s go JHUB Project was followed in 2016, to ensure the professional development and independent establishment of JubaHub to offer its service to the community.