It is now four years since @iLabAfrica partnered with Samsung Electronics for research and development work on making Samsung products that are relevant for the African market. Samsung Electronics has moved aggressively into this space, quickly becoming a market leader in electronic and mobile devices. Under the research theme “Built for Africa”, @iLabAfrica has been helping the tech giant develop products attractive to consumers in the African market, especially through product research and mobile apps development.
Six mobile applications were launched at a demo dubbed “Samsung Show and Tell” in the Samsung research lab at @iLabAfrica on the 18th February 2014. All the applications launched had local relevance, meaning they would be useful to Kenya mobile apps consumers. They included:
- Christian Church App– the Christian Church App is useful for keeping tabs with church proceedings, downloading sermons and viewing personal contributions to church activities.
- Michezo– this application provides users with information on local sports event. The app is customizable to any sport with league tables, player profiles, news feed and social commentary. With this app, sports fans can utilize a maps functionality to find directions to match and tournament venues.
- Kitoweo– Kitoweo is a crowd-sourced recipe directory that encourages users to share recipes of African dishes with friends.
- Kenya Law Reports– a rich source of Kenya law reports and publications. The KLR app can be used by layers or citizens to access a legal publications and the Kenyan constitution with great ease. Publications in this app include the Kenya Gazette, Laws of Kenya, Key Legislation and the Judicial Calendar.
- SBS Application– the SBS application is a custom mobile app for the Strathmore Business Schools. Using this application, Strathmore Business School scholars can enjoy a full learning experience using a tablet. It provides for access to e-learning resources, assignments, notes and course cases, announcements and news. The applications also has a digital rights management system to safeguard distribution of copyrighted material, assignment reminders and a booked room viewing facility to help learners schedule group meetings and classes.
- Pharmacy and Poisons Board App– The application helps users access a wealth of information regarding medication as well report and give feedback to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. Some of the features include access to lists of registered pharmacists, pharmaceutical technologists and representatives. Other key features are a search function to locate nearby pharmacies and a reporting functionality to raise alarm on suspected poor quality and counterfeit medication as well as suspected drug overdose reaction.
The launch was attended by among other guests Samsung’s COO East Africa Robert Ngeru. He noted the vast opportunities for developers in Kenya to have a stake in the 500 million plus subscribers of the Samsung app store. The director of @iLabAfrica Dr. Joseph Sevilla observed that mobile apps development is now the new trend for self-employment, citing the example of flappy bird, a recent mobile game that took the world by storm. The game was developed by a Vietnamese developer in about 3 days and earned him $50,000 a day.
The mobile apps launched are available for download on the Samsung App Store. @iLabAfrica is keen on continuing to develop and deploy apps that are consumer-driven to provide value for the users on the Samsung app store.
@iLabAfrica has been in collaboration with Samsung Electronics for research and mobile application development. There will be a launch event for some of the applications developed under this collaboration as follows:
Date: 18th Feb 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Applications to be launched:
- Find A Doc
- Christian Church App
- Kenya Law Reports
- SBS Application
- Pharmacy and Poisons Board App
On Friday 7th February 2013, @iLabAfrica hosted Modupe Ajibola a US-based innovator and entrepreneur from Nigeria. Modupe is the CEO of OTG Playa the company behind Storm, a software and hardware technology that enables users to share and access content offline through a small internet broadcast box. He was on a mission to demonstrate how the device works to a group of digital content providers interested in working with the laptops for schools project led by ADILI Corporate Limited CEO Engineer Kara Stefano Karianjahi and software engineers at @iLabAfrica.
The device, which comes in two versions, one a little smaller than your desktop CPU and the other the size of a wireless access point acts like a Wi-Fi hotspot. Users get access by connecting to the wireless network. Content providers can share content as well as sell it through credits that can be used to purchase content. Content is encoded using special encoding that converts all content into OTG format. The device provides for advanced configuration support for network, security, encryption, payment gateways and other variables making it flexible to customize as per the users’ needs.
Storm provides great support for mobile devices, meaning any mobile with internet and Wi-Fi capabilities can access digital content through a browser or mobile application. There is extensive support for Android devices where one can download apps and a special browser that provides instant and quick access to content on OTG Playa. Support for Windows and other platforms is being developed.
“We were able to test the device and it was breathtaking to see how powerful it was. We could stream content at 600 mbps, and we are talking of huge videos and music files. We see a lot of potential in this technology for schools, universities and even commercial content providers. It solves the bandwidth problem and removes many of the constraints of relying on the internet which is still not optimally reliable in Africa” commented one of the engineers at @iLabAfrica.
@iLabAfrica is looking forward to find ways in which technology like this can be used to provide secure, easy and cost effective access to digital content in Kenya in areas with poor, constrained and expensive internet access.
@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: www.hpmarkel.de
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
- Setting up a hacking platform (Command and Control Centre)
- Taking over victims camera and microphone to monitor confidential meetings
Cost: KES 1000/=
- 17th to 18th January 2014
- Detecting Malware like high-end trojans (Stuxnet/Zeus).
- Getting access to password protected computers and smartphones.
- 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.
DiploFoundation is accepting applications for the upcoming online course, Introduction to Internet Governance.
Have you been reading and worrying about the Snowden revelations? Does online surveillance concern you and your colleagues? These are important IG issues. Learning more about IG will help you understand these personal and professional issues, and what can and should be done about them. Net neutrality? Privacy in online storage? Guidelines for cross-border Internet issues? How can regulators enhance and protect without interfering with the innovative principles that are the core of the Internet?
The 10-week Introduction to Internet Governance online course introduces IG policy and covers main issues, including Infrastructure and Standardisation, Legal, Economic, Sociocultural, and Development aspects, and a section on IG processes and actors. The course covers broadband policy; management of domain names and IP addresses, including the transition from IPv4 to IPv6; network neutrality; jurisdiction, intellectual property rights, open source and piracy; privacy protection; data security and cybersecurity; child protection; human rights; content management; digital signatures; emerging issues such as policies related to social networks and cloud computing, and more, with space for regional and other issues raised by the participants.
Who Should Apply?
Diplo seeks applications from the following, from both developed and developing countries:
- Officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
- Postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
- Civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
- Journalists covering IG issues; and
- Individuals in Internet business-related fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).
This course may also be of interest to:
- Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people and others who interact with diplomats and wish to improve their understanding of diplomacy-related topics.
- Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
- Postgraduate students of diplomacy or international relations wishing to study topics not offered through their university programmes or diplomatic academies and to gain deeper insight through interaction with practising diplomats.
- Practising diplomats, civil servants, and others working in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge on the subject, under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
Application Deadline: January 13th 2014
Course Start Date: February 17th 2014
Click Here for more details about this Course.
@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.
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.
Women from Africa and the Middle East are invited to apply for the fall 2014 TechWomen program, which includes mentorships and professional exchanges at leading companies in Silicon Valley, California, and concludes with workshops, networking events and meetings in Washington, DC.
“The doors that were opened and the resources that were availed to me through the TechWomen community are amazing.”_2013 participant from Zimbabwe