An IoT Event Hosted by @iLabAfrica in conjunction with the University of Edinburg and Pycom.

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Come spend the afternoon of Friday, 2nd December,2016 learning how to use the latest in IoT technology from Pycom. In this workshop, we will give an overview of the Pycom boards, talk about the magic in the socket layers and give examples of how to use the LoPy, programming it with MicroPython.

In addition, we’ll look at how to connect sensors to the LoPy, program it to act as a nano-gateway and work on examples of extended WiFi range. All of this to effectively help drive data from the field to your middleware platform and ultimately front end applications where visualisation and decision making can take place.

About IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a cluster of technologies spanning hardware devices, networking, data collection and data applications. It allows any ‘thing’ to be connected to the internet. This means that we give things a name, a job to do, and a voice. A name is some kind of unique identifier; a job will typically involve some kind of sensing of — or acting upon — the environment; a voice is a means of communicating. As an example, we could add a heat sensor to a chair so that it can report whether someone is sitting on it. If all the chairs in a given room were able to communicate this information, we could get a real-time picture of how full the room was.

To be part of the event, Register here.

Market research for startups Conducted by e-ENSURES

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Market Research

e-ENSURES would like to invite you to a presentation at @iBizAfrica about Market research for startups. e-ENSURES is the first African Online Market Research Company dedicated to assisting small & medium startups and entrepreneurs across Africa.Their focus is on offering affordable Market research to startups and entrepreneurs.

What also makes e-ENSURES unique, is its ability to help entrepreneurs expand their vision beyond their base. For example: if they work with clients in Nairobi, they want them to think about the opportunity across the East Africa region and ultimately the continent of Africa.  Additionally, e-ENSURES want to inspire the next generation of African startups and entrepreneurs who are struggling to get ideas off the ground by selling Market Research reports at very affordable prices. The advantages of e-ENSURES are:

  • Offering affordable online market research to startups and entrepreneurs
  • Helping entrepreneurs expand their vision beyond their base
  • Inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs in the pre-startup phase
  • The go-to-market research partner/advisor for startups and entrepreneurs
  • Creating a mental shift in the entrepreneurial market. Market research as a non-negotiable aspect of business strategy.

They also would like to invest in some of the startups by conducting free market research for them.

VENUE: @iBizAfrica, 5th Floor, Student Centre, Strathmore University

DATE: Thursday, 17th November 2016

TIME: 11.00 AM to 12.00 PM

The event is FREE!!!! All are invited!!!! Register here

@iLabAfrica Trains County Officials on Revenue Enhancement.

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In a decentralized system of governance, with two levels of government collecting revenue, levies and taxes from citizens, there is bound to be confusion, duplication and uncertainty. As a result, the county collections have been very low and counties are relying heavily on the revenue from the equitable share from the national government to finance their budgets.


To address the above issues, @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University, in partnership with Inspire, organized a Revenue Enhancement Training. The aim of the course was to gain insights on revamping their respective county’s revenue collection strategies. It was also meant to educate county executives on strategies to reduce county dependence on the equitable share from the national government; and methods to maximize on revenues within the general fund.


@iLabAfrica hosted County Revenue Directors for 4 days of intensive training (1st -4th November 2016). The participants came from various counties that include Turkana County, Kwale County, Kisii County, Laikipia County, Tharaka Nithi County. This course was aimed at training senior and middle managers in the revenue or the finance departments of County Governments, including Directors, Chief Officers, Sub-county Administrators, Revenue Officers, Members of the County Assembly (MCAs), in charge of the budgeting process, and professionals willing to learn advanced techniques on revenue enhancements within the devolved governance structure.

The next training is scheduled for:  21st to 24th February 2017.


Africa Tech Summit 2016- Lagos

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The MEST-hosted Africa Technology Summit (ATS) is fast becoming the marquee technology event on the continent. Following the successful inaugural event in Ghana last year, ATS is proud to make its entry into the city referred to as Africa’s Silicon Valley: Lagos. The event will take place from 6th- 7th December, 2016.

Pulling in the brightest minds in the field, and spanning across two days, ATS encourages attendees to interact and discuss using technology to achieve Africa’s goals.

We’re bringing together a who’s-who of all parts of the African technology ecosystem, including telcos, banks, the usual multinational tech giants for discussion, deal making and collaboration opportunities. All these major players will be explaining their Africa strategies, and sharing what’s next for them on the continent.

Speakers include some of the biggest names in the tech and mobile space, including representatives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Vodacom and MTN, as well as a range of African entrepreneurs young and old.

Topics covered include: 

  • Comparing Tech Landscapes Across Regions,
  • Building the Infrastructure to Support Africa’s Ambitions,
  • Leaders In Fintech,
  • Developments in Agritech,
  • Corporate Venture Capitalism,
  • Investing in African Tech.

To get more details about the event and register for it, kindly click here. See you in Lagos.

Dell EMC Regional Graduation Project Competition for Turkey, Middle East and Africa

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In 2015, Dell EMC launched its annual graduation project competition for senior undergraduate students from universities in Turkey, Middle East and Africa who are enrolled in the EMC Academic Alliance program. The competition intended to spark the creativity of students for their graduation projects to play an active role in the Transformation of IT and get the opportunity to shine and win prizes.

Dell EMC 2016- 2017 Competition Committee invites submissions to the Graduation Projects Abstracts starting from 1st of November with novel cross-cutting work in related areas . Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Cloud and Social Networking Apps
  2. Multi-Clouds and Hybrid Clouds
  3. Software-defined Data Centers and Networks
  4. Technology for Big Data Applications
  5. Domain Specific Big Data Applications
  6. Programming Techniques for High Performance Computing
  7. Applications of High Performance Computing

To learn more about the challenge visit here. You can also apply to be part of the competition by registering here. All the best!!

Lean Startup Week Livestream 2016 Hosted by @iBizAfrica

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This November, Lean Startup will bring together over 2,000 diverse thinkers and Lean Startup practitioners from all over the world to share ideas and projects that are shaping the future of business. This unparalleled conference unites intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs from government agencies, international conglomerates, boot-strapped startups, and civic organizations in their mission to create radical change in their industries.

@iBizAfrica  was named an official simulcast partner for (CITY) and will stream the entire event at @iBizAfrica , Strathmore University on November 2nd- 3rd from 6pm-9pm  free of charge.

An immersive two day event, Lean Startup Conference 2016 will unite attendees through powerful yet practical programming world renowned speakers, collaborative workshops, interactive discussions, and a collective experience that all take place at the Pier 27 campus in San Francisco.

Whether you’re new to Lean Startup methods or have been putting these practices to use in your organization, this event promises to educate and inform.

More than 100 experts will share their first-hand experiences, including:

  • Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist , Canva.
  • Irene Au, Design Partner, Khosla Ventures.
  • Tren Griffin, Senior Director, Microsoft.
  • Stanley McChrystal, Managing Partner, McChrystal Group.
  • Sonja Kresojevic, SVP, Global Product Lifecycle, Pearson.
  • Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup.

There will also be talks, panel sessions and mentorship sessions by local lean startup experts.

 To participate in the Livestream, kindly register here.