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Why you should register for the IoT & 3D Printing course

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From 17th to 28th September 2018, @iLabAfrica and Kuunda 3D will hold a two-week certificate course on the fundamentals of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D Printing. The course will cover practical skills in both technologies and how their convergence can be harnessed for the development of creative and marketable solutions. It is aimed at training students and interested industry professionals and offers participants the opportunity to network with IoT and 3D printing enthusiasts and experts.

3D printing is one of the latest trends in design technology and it is poised to revolutionise how we create useful objects—such as electronic devices. Traditional manufacturing of electrical devices entails designing industrial machinery and setting up dedicated assembly lines within manufacturing plants to produce and assemble specific products. Building new manufacturing plants or redesigning old ones for new products is time-consuming, expensive and requires considerable expertise. This impedes flexibility in industry and bars creative individuals from developing their own electronic devices. In new and rapidly developing markets—such as those created by the growing popularity of the IoT—the ability to quickly design, produce and introduce new electronic devices to market is invaluable.

With 3D printing, parts for electronic devices can be created from scratch using digital designs. Combined with the increasing availability and decreasing prices of electronic components, 3D printing holds the potential to revolutionise the manufacture of electronic devices. Electronic devices are, after all, reducible to electronic components integrated and housed in specifically designed casings. This empowering combination of readily available electronic components and 3D printing is an opportunity waiting to be realised as the emerging IoT market is ripe for innovative electronic devices custom-built to provide creative solutions to every-day problems. It is equally valuable to general manufacturing, emergent fields such as drone technology and automated prosthetics, and the development of automated stations.

The IoT and 3D Printing course by @iLab and Kuunda 3D is tailored to equip participants with skills and hands-on experience in the use of both technologies. The lessons include:

  1. The parts of a 3D printer and how they work using Ultimaker and MakerBot 3D printers;
  2. 3D modelling and design with Tinker CAD and 123D design software;
  3. The slicing process by which 3D designs are converted into 3D-printable formats;
  4. An overview of IoT including machine-to-machine technology, the market value of IoT, IoT Architecture, and the place of IoT in big data and monetization;
  5. An introduction to micro-controllers and programming using C/C++, integrated development environment (IDE) applications, and electronic prototyping on the Arduino platform;
  6. Communication technologies, protocols and utilising Cloud Platform in IoT; and
  7. A hands-on guide to developing a complete Internet of Things solution.

The interdisciplinary course places focus on the nexus between the two technologies and how they can be combined to convert an idea into a working model and then into a viable business case providing customised solutions. Participants will learn how to create their own 3D models and apply foundational IoT skills to creative problem-solving and rapid prototyping. Successful completion earns each participant a certificate.

The two-week course will be held in @iLabAfrica in Strathmore University from Monday the 17th to Friday the 28th of September, 2018. Sessions will run in the evening from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The programme cost is KES 35,000 per participant, which covers the training, laboratory and certificate fees.

Applications are currently open and can be made online at

For more information, contact Getrude Gichuhi at (Tel. +254 727280214) or Joseph Shitote at (Tel. +254 714954904).


Autism Tech participants offered internship at Safaricom

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Two participants who graduated 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 months 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 kenya 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 Safaricom heard about the @iLabAfrica Autism Tech Training program, Safaricom was 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 Autism 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 Autism Tech 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





Ethical Hacking Talk by Farheen Mohiuddin of EC Council

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@iLabAfrica welcomes students and staff interested in Ethical Hacking and computer security for a talk by Farheen Mohiuddin from the EC Council

Venue: @iLabAfrica, 4th floor Student Centre building

Date: 4th March 2014

Time: 11:00 am to 12:00pm.


A Date with IT Forensic Security Guru!

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@iLabAfrica will hold a short workshop on IT forensic Security from the 16th to 18th January 2014. We shall be hosting a guest expert IT Forensic Security , Hans-Peter Merkel (Eng.) who will conduct a live demo on hacking as well as a hand-on training on hacking and computer security.


Hans is an Expert in Computer and Data Forensics. He is a lecturer at the University of Cooperative Education, Lörrach, Faculty of Information & Software Technology, as well as a Consultant in his area of expertise. Hans has published widely in the Linux Magazine on various topics in Computer Forensic. He is also the founder of Linux4africa Project. More Information:

The workshop is open to Students in Computer Science and Information Technology, software developers, IT and Network Security professionals and law enforcement agencies.

Venue: Strathmore University

Dates, Cost and Time:

  • 16th January 2014

              Time: 9am-12pm

  1. Setting up a hacking platform (Command and Control Centre)
  2. Taking over victims camera and microphone to monitor confidential meetings
  3. Countermeasures

 Cost: KES 1000/=

  • 17th to 18th January 2014

          Time: 9am-4pm

  1. Detecting Malware like high-end trojans (Stuxnet/Zeus).
  2. Getting access to password protected computers and smartphones.
  3. Detecting forensic evidence (pictures, documents, GPS coordinates etc.) in Android based systems.

Cost: KES 5000 per person per day. Total cost of day 2 and 3 KES 10,000/-

 Registration Fees must be sent to M-Pesa Number: 0725 422 498 . Kindly click on the register button below to sign up for this workshop.


Register Now for CEH @iLabAfrica

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Certified Ethical Hacker is a professional certification offered by the EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants).

The course exposes learners to standard hacking practices with the aim of giving them hands-on-experience on identifying, counteracting and preventing these attacks. Upon completion of the certification examination, learners become Certified Ethical Hackers.

Who should Attend CEH Training?

CEH training is for IT professionals and students who want to become Certified experts in ethical hacking. It is ideal for individuals who want to gain hands-on-experience on identifying, counteracting and preventing IT Security attacks.


60 Hours (Three Weeks) – Evening Classes

(Special arrangements can be made to offer the course to corporates in the form of an intense boot camp)

Why CEH at Strathmore?

@iLabAfrica – Strathmore University, is a center for Excellence in IT Security. We have partnered with the best of Industry in IT Security, to ensure you get industry standard skills and training.

Learners will be exposed to an entirely different way of achieving optimal information security posture in their organisations. With this training, they will scan, hack and secure their own systems on a virtual environment.


Following the training, learners will be able to take the certification exam in Strathmore University and receive the internationally recognised certification Certified Ethical Hacker.

Start Date

24th February 2014


· Strathmore Students: KShs. 30,000

· Professionals: KShs. 100,000/

Download the Course brochure here.

Register Here!

@iLabAfrica to Offer Certified Ethical Hacker Course

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@iLabAfrica-Strathmore University will be offering Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training courses for Students (in Strathmore University) and professionals (external), under the IT Security Centre in @iLabAfrica. Globally, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a highly sought certification.

The University will also be an examination center where anyone will be able to take the exam and attain the certification.

Students currently pursuing any course in the university will be able to enroll for the course at a highly subsidized fee following our Academia Partnership with the EC Council. Professionals will also be able to enroll at a professional rate.

More information on the dates of the training and exams will be communicated to you in due time.