Meet the Rebel Dev. Group from the @iBizAfrica Business Incubator

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Please introduce the Rebel Dev Group

My name is Kenneth Mbuthia, I am a student here at Strathmore university taking BBIT. I am currently in my 3rd year. I am one of the co-founders of Rebel Dev. Group. Rebel Dev Group is a team of young techies who started out in November 2012. We started developing apps and websites for fun. Initially we were four, all students. I started together with Marvin Njoroge, Samuel Ngoda and Joe Muthoka who were all undergraduate students then. We are all still students at the moment. The team has since grown and now we are eight.

What motivated you to start Rebel Dev Group?

We love coding. Initially we were just coding for fun until we discovered @iBizAfrica. At the business incubator we learned that we can code for fun and money too!

Tell us about the first application you developed as Rebel Dev?

The first application we did was Pesa Manager, an Android mobile wallet application. The app keeps track of all your mobile money payment. The application is a utility for storing, backing up, restoring and sorting mobile transaction messages. With this application, you will never have to worry about keeping track of your business mobile transaction payments if you lose your phone or if your inbox thread gets deleted.

How can one get access to this application and what is unique about it?

The application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Pesa Manager is unique in that it supports multiple mobile payment services. Currently we support M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Equity Bank, COP Bank and KCB.

What other applications has Rebel Dev Group developed?

We also have two more spectacular apps out on the store. First is Eclan (Event Clan), an events application that keeps you up to date with detail on what’s going on around you. The app Provides details about events in a clean and user friendly way. The application works for any location around the world.

We have also developed an application that helps users locate disability centers in Mauritius. The app is called GRF and is available for free download on the Google Play Store. This app was special to us because we developed it for the Global Rainbow Foundation, a charitable trust that supports persons with disabilities in Mauritius.

How has your experience been at @iBizAfrica?

@BizAfrica has helped us focus! We now have plans to make money and have expanded our developer team. The business Incubator has provided us with a great environment for our work.

Why the name Rebel Dev Group?

The name Rebel Dev Group signifies a different, unique and new perspective in the way we develop apps. We like to inspire people to think differently and that is the philosophy we follow in our work.

What are your future plans?

In the short term, we expect to do more aggressive marketing for our brand and applications. We also intend to buy dedicated server space as we scale and get more clients. In the long term we want to have our own building and become a Research and Development powerhouse in Kenya.

Startup Weekend is Back! Novem­ber 22nd –24th

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What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is an event that brings together programmers, developers, marketers, designers, startup enthusiasts among other diverse groups, to form groups and develop viable business ideas in 54 hours. It is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds- the other half have business backgrounds.

Startup Weekend is an NGO based in San Francisco, US, and has so far organized startup 500+ events in 110 countries and 120 cities.

Startup Weekend Nairobi

Startup Weekend Nairobi will look to not only bring together technology entrepreneurs, but also individuals from sectors such as agriculture, education, communication, among others.

Startup Weekend Nairobi will be held on November 22nd -24th, 2013, and will offer exciting prizes for the winners of the challenge.

Why should YOU attend?

●     Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning.  Expect to learn a new skill, a new programming or business language and more so, a new way of thinking.

●     Enlarged network:  Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high-quality, driven entrepreneurs – like you! You will create relationships that last long past the weekend.

●     Learn how to launch a business: The goal of the weekend is for you to go from idea to launch in 54 hours.

●     Get face time with local and international mentors: Tech and start-up leaders mentor and participate in Startup Weekends. They interact with event participants sharing experiences and giving business related advice.

●     Get access to valuable start-up resources: By participating in Startup Weekend, you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed.

The 3-day event will be held at the Strathmore University @iLabAfrica, which is on the 5th floor of Strathmore University Student center, Ole Sangale road.

The participatory fee for the event is Kes 1,500.  For those attending the event finale on 24th November only, the entrance fee will be Kes 500. The ticket will cater for your food during the event. Register here for your ticket.

Startup Weekend Nairobi is being organized by, Evelyn Mwangi, Louis Majanja, Kenfield Griffith, Alieu Fofanah and Barbara Okeyo. To learn more about this event, you can contact us on nairobi@startupweekend.org. You can also check us out on:

Website:              www.nairobi.startupweekend.org

Facebook Page:    Startup Weekend

Twitter:                @SWKenya

Sponsors:

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App Wiz Challenge Apps Presentation

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The Safaricom AppWiz Challenge is finally coming to an end. @iBizAfrica and Safaricom invite you to the Appwiz Apps Presentation. 17 mobile application development companies will showcase their latest innovative mobile apps and give Demos to participants. Come and Applaud our innovators!

Apps in the following categories will be showcased:

  1. Financial
  2. Health
  3. Education
  4. Gaming
  5. Public Utilities
  6. Agriculture

The event will take place at Strathmore University Auditorium on 29th October from 9am to 1pm. You are welcome to come along and bring your friends too!!

Kindly register your participation at this link: https://appwizpresentation.eventbrite.com

Oracle Software Powers The Internet – Event at Crown Plaza

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Oracle is in most enterprises we feel are Kenyan in their narrative. However, very few of us know where Oracle “plays”. So on the 25th October 2013 at Crown Plaza, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Oracle Kenya will show what they have been doing both in the public and private enterprise space. All Java users and developers are welcome.

To attend, register for the Kenya Java Day here.

Below is the program for the day:

9.00 am – 9.30 a.m.

Introduction – Oracle in the Enterprise?

9.30 a.m – 10.10 a.m.

Partnering with Oracle in the Public Sector – MinOFinance / Counties

10.10 a.m – 11.00 a.m

Partnering with Oracle in the Private Sector – Integration of Safcom Systems, and Equity Bank.

11.30 a.m – 1.00 pm:

Enabling Enterprise Development and Deployment

Oracle JDeveloper (ecosystem) – Java EE Application Server

Oracle Exalogic server – Enterprise application infrastructure

Lunch

2.00p.m.-3.00p.m.

Mobility and Cloud – Oracle in Mobile Space

3.00 p.m. – 4.00p.m.

What does Oracle have for developers in the Cloud

4.00pm

Q and A + Mingling

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Imagine Cup 2014 Competition

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The 2014 edition of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 has kicked off. Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and gives them a chance to create inspiring projects – no matter where they’re from.

Competitions

This season Microsoft have three primary competitions: Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship.

World Citizenship: This category is most similar to past Imagine Cup contests which emphasized solving global problems in areas such as health, the environment, and human rights. Projects in this category are primarily judged based on the problem they’re addressing and the likely impact the project will have. This category tells the Imagine Cup social-good story.

Innovation: This category is not based on global problems at all. Instead Microsoft are looking for projects with a strong consumer appeal and a gee-whiz quality that will surprise and delight a broad audience. Projects in this category are primarily judged based on the creative innovation they offer. Projects in the Innovation category that attempt to address global problems do not receive any points for doing so; those projects really belong in World Citizenship and will probably not be competitive in Innovation. The Innovation category tells the Imagine Cup cutting-edge tech story.

Games: The global videogame market is now estimated at $66 billion dollars, and the number of schools with game programs or degrees has increased rapidly. The Games competition was the most popular Imagine Cup contest last year according to both student registrations and number of projects submitted to our Online Finals. Students are highly motivated to make games and with your help and support, they will do so on Microsoft platforms.

Global Online Challenges

Every year Imagine Cup offers a variety of global online challenges.

This year’s three challenges are designed to teach students about the software development lifecycle and get them started early on their projects for our three main competitions. Each challenge includes Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship categories and the top team in each category will win $3,000.

These challenges are completely optional for students. A team can do one, skip one, do them all, or skip them all, whatever. The challenges have no impact on the three core competitions. However, we expect that teams who participate in the challenges will end up with stronger projects for their chosen competition than teams who skip the challenges.

Pitch Video Challenge: Student teams create a five-minute video explaining their project.

Launch: September 13, 2013 – End: October 25, 2013

Project Blueprint Challenge: Student teams create a ten-page document presenting their project in detail.

Launch: October 29, 2013 – End: December 17, 2013

User Experience Challenge: Student teams create a set of user flows, wireframes, and a visual target for how their project will look, feel, and flow.

Launch: January 3, 2014 – End: February 21, 2014

Best of luck to Strathmore University entries.

Full terms and conditions, and competition details are available at http://www.imaginecup.com

For more details and information check out Microsoft Strathmore at http://fb.com/microsoftstrathmore and/or http://twitter.com/MicrosoftStrath

Author: Antony Wainaina

@iBizAfrica Open Day

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@iBizAfrica will have an Open Day on 23rd October 2013 from 2pm to 6pm. The day will be an opportunity for everyone interested in startups, the incubation process and entrepreneurship to come and see some of the exciting startups that are in the @iBizAfrica business Incubator. We have over 70 young entrepreneurs working on about 33 business projects set to become full business ventures in the near future.

To attend the open day register here

@iLabAfrica and Strathmore Faculty Staff among First Trained for Google Certified Partner Certification

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The Google Agency Partner Program for Kenya was launched at the Vila Rosa Kempinski Hotel on Thursday 17th Oct. 2013. The program was launched during a two days training course on Digital Advertising using Google AdWords that attracted more than 70 participants. Ad agencies from across the country were trained by Google experts from Kenya, Dublin, Croatia and Germany.  The Google team comprised of specialists from Google offices across the world. These included Rosemary Momanyi of Google Kenya, Goetz Trillhaas from Germany office, Siebe Gerbranda of Dublin Ireland Office and Ivana Grbavac from Croatia office.

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A team of faculty staff from Strathmore University and @iLabAfrica attended the launch and training on digital advertising using Google AdWords. These will become the trainers at the @iLabAfrica Digital Advertising Academy set to be launched later on this year.  Dr. Joseph Sevilla, the director of @iLabAfrica could not hide his joy and great expectations about this great initiative that will see Strathmore University become the first in Kenya and the African region to incorporate Digital Advertising in teaching curriculum. “@iLabAfrica has always aimed to be at the latest in technology and we have been seeing the lack of locally relevant digital advertising content. This partnership with Google will see us train experts in digital advertising who will fill this gap”

The training covered Introduction to AdWords, Google’s digital advertising technology. Participants were taken through a step-by-step process of how to run a digital advertising campaign using AdWords. Quizzes and inspiring videos from Google were presented at various intervals of the training, which kept the participants alert and interested. The training was part of the preparation to sit for the Google Certified Partner Fundamentals Exam.

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Google Certified Agency Partners will spear-head the digital advertising revolution in Kenya. After training and certification, participants that qualify to be Google Certified Partners are expected to bring more businesses in Kenya to the digital advertising world. Digital Advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry and Kenya is poised to achieve great economic benefits by participating in this emerging game-changer in advertising and marketing. Through @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University will be at the fore-front of this revolution by producing graduates with Google Certified Digital Advertising Skills. Students will have the opportunity to join internship programs with digital advertising Agencies where they will test their skills on real world digital advertising projects.

To become a Google Certified Partner one needs to pass the Fundamentals exam and at least one more specialization exam which can be the Search Advanced Exam or the Display Advanced Exam. Learn more about Google Certified Partner Certification here.