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Nairobi Tech Week is Back!

iBizAfrica together with Moringa School is excited to host the 3rd Edition of Nairobi Tech Week, Sub Saharan Africa’s largest tech event, whose aim is to bring all actors and influencers in the tech ecosystem in one space, fostering conversations and learning around various relevant technology-related topics.

The event will be taking place from Thursday 19th April to Saturday 21st April 2018 at iBizAfrica, Strathmore University. This year’s theme will be “The Role of Technology in Problem Solving for Africa’s Future.”

Nairobi Tech Week presents a 3-day event packed with panel discussions, workshops and a hackathon with incredible prizes to be won.

“Our aim is to launch a community-driven tech event focused on developers, thought leaders within the tech space as well as the best innovations in Sub Saharan Africa” says Sandra Mukidza, NTW’s main event organiser.

 

For the first time, Nairobi Tech Week will host Nairobi Tech week Awards, in a bid to recognise companies playing influential roles and driving impact within Silicon Savannah.

​The title sponsor this year is Microsoft , other sponsors include Visa, Facebook, Safaricom JUMO, Github, Liquid Telecom, Google and iBiz Africa-Strathmore University.

 

Several key organisations have come forward to partner with Nairobi Tech Week; iHub, Africa’s Talking, Swahili Box, AngelHack, M-Power, CBO and Metta. In previous years Nairobi Tech Week has had global title sponsors like Facebook and Twitter

 

Applications for Nairobi Tech Week opened on March 19th 2018 as well as nominations for the Tech Week Awards.

Apply for your ticket to this years Nairobi Tech Week 2018 here and also place your Tech Week Awards nomination here.

For more information contact Bernard on bchiira@strathmore.edu

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HOLIDAY BOOTCAMP FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Kids Unleash Impressive Creativity at @iLabAfrica Holiday Bootcamp

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We all love holidays! No one can tell you the value of a holiday better than kids in primary and secondary schools in Kenya.  More so the ones in boarding schools. Its a break from the early morning preps and the strict routine that has to be endured for a whole term.

School holidays in Kenya are usually during the months of April, August and December. During these times parents are happy to be reunited with their children but they dread one thing- Idleness! Every parent wants their kids to enjoy the holidays but at the same time they want them occupied with positive activities that engage them mentally and physically so as not to fall into wayward activities, bad company or boredom! This is where the @iLabAfrica Holiday Bootcamp comes in!

The @iLabAfrica  Hol­i­day Boot­camp is an ini­ti­at­ive  star­ted in 2014 for school-going chil­dren in primary and sec­ond­ary schools. The pro­gram seeks to intro­duce IT to children at an early age through fun and inter­act­ive activ­it­ies such as devel­op­ing games, blogs, websites and anim­a­tions using vari­ous tools and technologies. And the icing on the cake- mentorship and career coaching! IT professionals from blue-chip  IT firms in Kenya engage the kids offering mentorship and guidance on careers in IT.

The bootcamp which ran for the second time this year between 11th and 15th August attracted kids from various primary and secondary schools in Kenya. The young ones were eager to learn right from day one. They worked on group and individual projects on blogging, web development and animations under the guidance of Peter Njoroge, the lead holiday bootcamp instructor at @iLabAfrica.

On the final day of the training the kids had developed mind blowing web applications and animations. They were awarded with certificates and prizes for their hard work. One of the best applications was from Mezmure Dawit, a primary school pupil who created a website using WordPress and blog using Wix, about his favorite football team- FC Barcelona, as well as an animated pirates game. Other works of the students can be seen here.

Oracle Kenya also provided mentorship and career coaching for the August holiday edition of the bootcamp. “I was impressed to hear one of the pupils ask me for my email address so that he could send me links to  his blog and website! It is very encouraging when kids have this kind of exposure to technology and we are very happy to see what @iLabAfrica is doing with these kids” , explained Mr. David Owino from Oracle Kenya.

@iLabAfrica hopes to continue offering these holiday bootcamps and improving them to offer school-going children a worthwhile experience during vacation.

Refer a child and learn more about the @iLabAfrica Holiday Bootcamp here.