Individuals wishing to benefit from m:lab East Africa’s mobile applications developer training have until 9th January 2012 to submit their applications. The call for applications which was opened early December 2011 is expected to attract young people from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan. Successful applicants will go through a four month intensive training course on mobile applications development and mobile entrepreneurship. The course covers both technology and business aspects of mobile entrepreneurship.
Some wisdom from past trainees
Mr. Kenneth Marete, who was among students in the first wave of training advices applicants for this course to “be open minded, be ready to be entrepreneurs, and to revisit programming languages such as Java”. Mr. Marete has a BSC in Computer Science from Makerere University. Through the m:lab East Africa training, Mr. Marete came up with more than three mobile applications including a nutrition app - providing personalised nutrition advice, an sms backup app service - for backing up crucial and important SMSes on a remote server, and an Android Applications Programmable Interface (API) to enable users share resources on one click of a button. Mr. Marete also co-founded a company called Glosoft Group with which he intends to actualise his entrepreneurship ambitions.
Another past trainee Ms. Nyambura Muhia says, “I have been trained on how to think not only like a developer but also as an entrepreneur. I've learnt how to create applications and how I can earn money from these applications”. She adds, “I have also learnt how to create applications that can satisfy the end user through the extensive user experience (UX) training.” Ms. Muhia co-founded Techne Craft Solutions Ltd in 2011. One of the company’s products was M-ARV, a mobile application to help remind people living with HIV&AIDS on taking Anti Retroviral (ARV) Medication. M-ARV was a finalist in the Pivot 25 mobile apps. competition and conference of 2011.
East Africa Focus
One of the lessons learnt from previous intakes is that successful applicants from countries outside Kenya find it difficult to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for undertaking the training which is based in Nairobi - Kenya, away from their home countries. Although tuition fees for the course is currently subsidized by infoDev, m:lab East Africa is reaching out to corporate players from Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda to sponsor qualifying students from those East African nations to cover additional non-tuition costs.
Interested individuals may apply online - here