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Nairobi Tech Week

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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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Innovation Prize Africa Info Session

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@iLabAfrica will hold an info session about Innovation Prize Africa on 4th September 2014. The Innovation Prize Africa (IPA) is an initiative of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) started in 2011. IPA honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa.

The info session will be conducted by Robinson Esialimba the IPA process manager. Applications are currently open for IPA 2015. The deadline for application is 31st October 2014.

Up to 150, 000 USD will be awarded to innovators who develop applications with:

  1. Best innovation based on marketability, originality, scalability, social impact, scientific/technical aspect and clear business potential.
  2. Best commercial/business potential.
  3. Highest social impact in the community/country

Who Should Attend? Students, innovators and anyone intending to submit an application.

Date: 4th September 2014

Time: 4:15 pm

Venue: @iLabAfrica, Safaricom classroom.
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Aljazeera is Looking for Global Fellows, Deadline 1st August 2014

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Aljazeerza is looking for digital story tellers and social media enthusiasts. The media giant is on the hunt for six seriously stellar young people from around the globe to make up the first class of AJ+ Fellows.

AJ+ is a new digital-only project at AlJazeera based in San Francisco, launched in June. AJ+ is behind some of those cool AJ YouTube videos that have been circulating on Facebook recently.

“It’s a one-year fellowship, it’s paid, and it’s an opportunity unlike anything else, an opportunity to be at the heart of the next generation of storytellers. Throughout the year, you’ll work with and learn from our core AJ+ team. You’ll join us in our adventure as we introduce AJ+ to the world, and you’ll be a valuable part of making sure this introduction unfolds with fireworks.”

Deadline is August 1. More at http://ajplus.net/fellows/

The Safaricom App Wiz Challenge is Back!

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The Safaricom App Wiz Challenge 2014 edition will be launched on the 16th July 2014. This is definitely one of the biggest startup competition in East Africa and just like last year, its going to be big and highly competitive.

The Challenge is designed as a springboard for developers to form start-ups and create partnerships with industry players in offering enterprise solutions. Last the competition ran for 6 months, attracting over 1,500 applications and sprouting 274 mobile-based ideas 48 of which were shortlisted for hack-a-thon sessions. At these sessions, 18 teams won places in a 3 month incubation process. More than 3.7 million Kenya shillings prize money was awarded to six early stages IT companies that emerged victorious in the competition.

This year’s edition will be launched on the 16th July at the Michael Joseph Centre from 10:00 am. If you are looking to launch a new startup and win big bucks it is game on!

Details on how to take part in this competition will be published in this blog soon!

 

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.

 

BitPesa Team to give Talk at Strathmore University

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bitcoinA team from BitPesa will give a talk at @iLabAfrica about Bicoin technology and Bitpesa. BitPesa is a new outlook on money transfers to East Africa. IT uses next generation of payment system infrastructure to offer guaranteed same-day delivery at a third of the cost of bank transfers or other money transfer services.

Date: 28th Feb 2014

Time: 11:30 (Talk with @iBizAfrica entrepreneurs) and 2:30 (Talk with Strathmore University students and staff)

Venue: @iBizAfrica, 5th floor Student Centre building at 11:30 and MSB 5, MSB building at 2:30pm

All are welcome!

Navvi.com Beta Testing at iLabAfrica

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@iLabAfrica is working with Navvi.com, an information-mapping platform that aggregates, filters, and connects content through location and subject. Through this collaboration, Strathmore University students are participating in a beta test for Navvi.com. More than 60 students have already tested the application at Strathmore University. The testing was coordinated by Andy Sternberg and Elizabeth Gibbs, both from Navvi.com.

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In line with promoting the new platform in Kenya, two students from Strathmore University have been appointed as Navvi ambassadors. These are Robert from the Strathmore University Law School and Antony Wainaina a Telecommunications Student from the faculty of IT.

Navvi.com allows users to map, post, and share and read news that matters. It combines mapping technology with a blogging and social networking-feel to give users a unique experience in discovering topics, trends and news that matters to them in real-time. It works as a crowd sourced citizen reporting platform with a special interest in water, food, infrastructure, energy and ideology.

The platform will be launched in the first quarter of 2014 in Kenya. Kenya was chosen due to its strategic position as an emerging leader in ICT in Africa. Navvi.com is also being tested in the USA and India. The beta test users will help improve and develop new features for the platform whose aim is to provide accurate and relevant information to various groups of users in real-time.

Navvi.com is a product of BrightBox Global Inc and was founded by Natalie Spencer.

Click here to view pictures of Navvi.com Beta Testing at Strathmore University.