*iHub in collaboration with Intel was in Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology for a 2 day outreach. 263 students and 6 lecturers turned up for the outreach with the Dean Faculty of Science Prof. Thomas Sakwa gracing the event.This outreach comprised of training on Intel XDK to build an HTML5 web app or a hybrid app for all of the major app stores. The training, facilitated by Fredrick Odhiambo and Frank Tamre saw a total of 19 apps developed.
The winner of the mini competition was awarded with an Acer Iconia W5 series courtesy of Intel. There were a lot of give a ways and the students were really excited about this initiative.
Some of the students who participated
Day 2 started with presentations by James Ndiga who talked about the*iHub, its initiatives and opportunities for the students in the space. He also talked about Akirachix which is a revolution for African women in technology and whose aim is to inspire and develop a successful force of women in technology that will change Africa’s future. Finally he emphasized on the need of students being active on Mzalendo which is a non-partisan project started in 2005 whose mission is to keep an eye on the Kenyan parliament. He encouraged students to be active in politics by providing relevant information about their legislators.
Paul Bomett talked about m:lab East Africa and called for applications for the upcoming Pivot East competition mid this year, which is an East African premier mobile startups pitching competition and conference held annually.
Moses Kioko, business development manager and a developer at Mobidev solutions Kenya - a start up incubated at m: lab noted that ICT entrepreneurship is not an easy journey, there a lot of challenges, failures, opportunities and disappointments but what keeps one going is the passion, dedication, discipline and committed team since you can’t do it alone. Moreover he emphasized on the need of developing problem solving apps and are income generating.
Finally, m:lab graduates Joseph Murgor and Eric Mungai facilitated training on Android and windows phone app studio. With an energized crowd with a lot of potential it wasn’t an easy job.Students and 2 lecturers were taught basic developing skills on both platforms and how to publish apps. At the end of the session the students and the administration were really excited about this outreach initiative.
The organizing committee with the *iHub and m:lab team
The administration is now keen to collaborate with *iHub and m:lab to assist them in setting up a facility where more similar events will be held. They are also looking forward to organize more trainings and regional hackthons to ensure that students are up to date with emerging technologies in ICT and there aredeveloping problem solving apps other than award winning.
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