Two participants who graduation from the Autism tech programme in November last year have been given an internship opportunity at Safaricom
The participants who graduated from the Autism tech training which runs for 4 month and trains students on IT and other computer/web packages will be joining the Safaricom team in April.
The participants Arnold Kanywuiro and Eric Thongori, were picked by Safaricom which has a diversity and inclusion program which aims to employ people with disabilities. Their program mainly included people with physical disabilities but is now expanding to employ and offer internships even to those with learning disabilities such as Autism.
“When they heard about the @iLabAfrica Autism Tech Training program, they were interested in hiring participants for a 3-month internship program that will see them showcase their skills in the IT department dealing with Software testing among other roles.” Said Irene Gitangu the program manager of Aitusm tech @iLabAfrica.
When asked about his view on the internship at Safaricom Arnold Kanywuiro had this to say. “It would be an honor for me to work with Safaricom because it was a dream for me to experience and to learn the activities the company has to offer. Safaricom is not only known in Kenya but also it is known globally and it is the best company in Africa. The technology they are using M-pesa one can be able to do money transaction. A Person can also save in his/her M-pesa account. The company was previously ran by Michael Joseph and now it is at the able hands of Bob Collymore. Safaricom is the company with many opportunities that one cannot afford to miss them but to be excited to learn them and become better. Safaricom is my dream company and it is the company that can build a great future for all Kenyans.”
Project Autistech was conceived in November 2015 as a possible means to addressing the problem of unemployment amongst capable individuals in the Autism Spectrum within the field of software testing. This specific area was selected because it is a model that has been successfully proven in all continents of the world except in Africa.
@iLabAfrica Research Centre in Strathmore University, was selected by the Project pioneer to partner in the execution of the pilot project. This project has seen the participants grow in the Field of IT and has helped them build their confidence in the delivery of their projects and overall as students
The project sought to create an environment whereby individuals on the Autism Spectrum could be trained and get employment on the basis of their areas of strength. Software Testing & Quality assurance is one such area where people with Autism have been known to excel and thus the project was borne.
Reports show that Autism affects an estimated 70 million people and is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world, with a startling growth rate of around 57% since 2002. About 80% of affected people live in developing countries where knowledge and resources are scarce, with very few opportunities even for diagnosis, much less for management and treatment.
Research suggests that employers are missing out on abilities that people on the autism spectrum have in greater abundance than neuro-typical workers do – such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail. In all the other continents, except Africa, people with Autism have been gainfully employed especially in IT.
The project has a long-term goal of creating a social enterprise that would provide sustainable employment to qualified individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as those with other learning disabilities.
For more information on the program contact Irene on firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiambu county has launched a cashless payment system to improve its revenue collection. The payment system designed by @iLabAfrica Research Centre in Strathmore University through its other arm- Strathmore Research and consultancy center (SRCC) is designed to ensure that revenue collection in the county is a citizen centric automated system contributing to enhanced income streams and provision of services.
The Launch took place on the 2nd of March 2017 and was attended by the Kiambu Governor, Hon. Ferdinand Waititu his Deputy James Nyoro, @iLabAfrica Director Dr. Joseph Sevilla and county executives (CEC’s), and major stakeholders.
Speaking during the launch Governor Waititu said that the county collects up to Sh46 million a week and projects collections are expected to shoot up with the cashless system. “The revenue collected goes directly to our account. This eliminates middlemen who are an extra cost to the County and ensures accountability of the citizens’ revenue”; he said. The governor further noted that they had launched a USSD code that will help Kiambu locals to pay for various services offered in the county.
“We have launched our USSD code *419# through Safaricom Kenya Limited which will assist Kiambu residents to pay for some services like parking, market fee, single business permits renewal among others”; Waititu said. “The USSD code is faster and people can pay their taxes wherever they are without going to county offices,” he said.
The county has partnered with Cooperative Bank to collect the revenue and residents will get a payment confirmation. With the launch, the governor noted that this implementation was a way that his administration would enhance revenue collection.
“These are some of the steps my county has undertaken to enhance revenue collection. Improved revenue collection will translate to more development projects for Kiambu citizens. This money is meant for development. We have reviewed all licenses and fees and have lowered them to help Kiambu residents conduct their business without high charges,” Waititu said.
Other counties where @iLabAfrica Research Centre has implemented revenue collection
systems are; Taita Taveta County, Busia County, Mombasa County and Kilifi County.
This step of implementing revenue collection systems is a move by the commission on Revenue Allocation, the ICT Authority of Kenya and implementers of financial management and policies in all 47 counties.
For more information about the system visit www.ilabafrica.com
The Microsoft Excel training moderated by the Sunesis Consulting came to a close on 16th May.
The two-day training held at @iLabAfrica themed the ‘Power of Dashboard Reporting in Excel‘, marked the first ever partnership between Sunesis and @iLabAfrica, an IT research lab, at Strathmore University.
The training aimed at making easy the use of MS Excel as a business intelligence tool. This is because MS Excel, which is part of Microsoft Office Suite, is readily available and accessible, however research shows that its funtionalities are under-utilized by users.
Giving a general overview, data analyst Mark Munyiri, of Sunesis confirms that about 65% of practitioners who prepare financial statements and reports on a regular basis, either under-utilize the program features or they do not use them at all, in spite of all benefits and adaptability to what one wants.
It was to address these gaps that Sunesis Kenya started partnering with business firms in offering training for managerial reporting since 2006. The IT consultancy firm deals with training, data solutions and data analysis. In doing this, they aim at maximizing on managerial reporting which is efficient enabling data presentations that are easily understood by all users, be they experts or otherwise.
These aims are accomplished through training of essential components such as dashboard reporting in Excel where one is able to analyze the profits and revenues of the organization.
According to Munyiri, if the data input is correct, then the output is correct as well. It is therefore essential that users , especially those in finance sector, harness and refine data collection and correct data presentation.
The event was successful as it left participants in this training drawn from different managerial departments enlightened and empowered.
The training finally came to a close with the program manager Mr. Patrick Ngotho thanking all the participants as they were were awarded certificates of participation by Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director of@iLabAfrica.
Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica and Sunesis LTD will conduct a two day’s intense practical training on Dashboard Reporting Using Excel from the 15th to the 16th of May. The main aim of this training is to help learners become more efficient in the process of “Data to Decision. It is mainly intended for people who are in a decision making capacity. These may include Business Analysts, Financial Managers [CFOs], HR professionals, Accountants, Sales Managers, etc.
The two day’s training will focus on key challenges that come about while implementing an Excel Dashboard. These include:
- how to bring data into your Excel spreadsheets;
- how to manage the data and link it to the dashboard objects, like charts and tables;
- how to design the dashboard report;
The program will be delivered in two parts: the first part covers the theory of dashboard reporting, ground rules of building interactive dashboards for different KPIs, as well as a focus on some Excel functions and features that are useful for developing a dashboard. In the second part, delegates will build their own dashboard to bring a practical application to the skills they have learnt.
15th to 16th May 2014
Participants must register online to attend this training. The registration form can be accessed here.
Cancellations made at least 10 working days prior to the course will be refunded in full. If a booking is cancelled 10 to 7 working days before a course, a Cancellation Fee of 25% of the course fee is payable. For cancellations made within 7 working days, no refunds can be given. Cancellations must be confirmed by email. Substitutions may be made at any time.
Click here to view more information about this training including training schedule and speakers.
Health-E-Net, a social enterprise that provides patients in undeserved communities with high quality second medical opinion has won 100k USD (KShs. 8.6 M) in funding, in the Stars in Global Health Awards. The Awards are run by Grand Challenges Canada an NGO funded by the Government of Canada and is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health.
Health-E-Net is currently incubated at the iBizAfrica business incubator. It is run by Dr. Pratap Kumar, Meghan Bruce and Kavin Otieno. Dr. Pratap is a neuroscientist and health economist with extensive experience in diverse aspects of healthcare. Bruce is graduate of Princeton University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with extensive experience in managing health interventions. Kavin is an expert on the Kenyan health system. He has worked with the healthcare system from within, as a strategist at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, and from without, as Senior Program Officer for the GIZ. He was most recently the manager of the healthcare programs offered at Strathmore Business School and is responsible for business development in health-E-net.