The Kenya Law Reports App is Now Available at the Samsung App Store

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The Kenya Law Reports app is now available on the Samsung App store.The Kenya Law app  provides a wealth of information on the laws of Kenya (including the constitution), judicial opinion, Kenya Gazette, key legislation and cause list. The application was developed at @iLabAfrica under the Samsung Built for Africa Research Project. Download the app here.

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Bob Collymore and Safaricom Team Visit Strathmore University

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Bob Collymore, the CEO of Safaricom and a team of managers from the telecommunication giant visited Strathmore University on the 13th of March 2014. It was all pomp, color and dance at Strathmore when the team took time off to meet and greet with excited university students, giving them a one-on-one chance to chat with Safaricom’s top management. Mr. Collymore also met with the director of @iLabAfrica, Dr. Joseph Sevilla and other members of the Strathmore community, both staff and students.

Strathmore University is home to many Safaricom sponsored programs including the Safariom Academy and @iBizAfrica, the business incubator located on the 5th floor of the Student Centre. The safaricom team had the opportunity to tour these facilities, interacting freely with staff, students and members of the business incubator.

A team from the Fanikisha na M-shwari promotion was also in Strathmore doing the rounds among the student community to push the product.

See the photo stream for this event here….

Seed Awards 2014- Call for Applications. Apply Now!

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The SEED Initiative has just launched the 2014 SEED Awards to support entrepreneurs for sustainable development.

The SEED Initiative is seeking entries from innovative start-up entrepreneurs who aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level in a country with a developing or emerging economy.

This year SEED will make available up to:

  • 30 SEED Africa Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda;
  • 12 SEED South Africa Awards to enterprises in South Africa, four of them to enterprises in the provinces of Free State, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal;
  • 10 SEED Low Carbon Awards for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Uganda and Viet Nam;
  • 3 SEED Gender Equality Awards, for enterprises in all countries that are not OECD or EU members (Kenya is eligible for this category).

Candidates can apply from 11th February 2014 and not later than 8th April 2014, 23:59 CET

Click here to read more.  Click here to apply!

Become A Google Certified Professional and Expert in Digital Advertising

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@iLabAfrica Digital Advertising Centre is now accepting applications for the newly acclaimed Digital Advertising certification course in partnership with Google and Google Partner Agencies.

The Strathmore Digital Advertising Academy is a partnership between @iLabAfrica and Google to offer digital advertising training and certification using Google’s digital advertising technology and tools.

The aim of the Academy is to provide world-class training in Digital Advertising to enable local businesses, institutions, organizations, startups and Advertising agencies maximize their presence in the digital space.

The Academy will also see students from Strathmore University and interested professionals in the market acquire the necessary skills and competencies for digital advertising professionals, to meet the demand for qualified digital marketing personnel in Kenya and Africa at large.

Learners will be trained on how to use Google’s cutting-edge technologies for digital advertising and online marketing like Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google Adwords API, and others.

Mode of Delivery

  1. Evening (3 evenings per week) classes
  2. Hands-on practical training on Google tools for Digital Advertising.

Who should attend?

4th year graduating students, marketing and sales professionals or individuals interested in developing digital advertising skills.

Prequalification

The certification is open to graduating 4th Year University students, or professionals who have attained a Bachelor’s degree in IT, Business or a related field and eager to diversify their professional experience.

A pre-qualification online entrance exam will be taken to ensure the right level of candidates participate.  Thereafter face-to-face interviews will be scheduled for successful participants.

Online Basics Entrance exam

Link to the Online Basics Exam preparation materials  Online Basics materials

Link to the Online Basics Exam Online Basics Exam

Dates

Start: 15th July 2014

Online Registration Link

Click here to register!

Cost

Students: KES. 20,000/-

Professionals and non-students: KES. 75,000/- NOTE: Offer for professionals! PAY by 15th July and save KES. 10,000/-

Why take the Courses at Strathmore?

  •  @iLabAfrica is a Google Partner and a Center of Excellence in Digital Advertising at Strathmore University.
  •  Our Digital Advertising Course is offered in collaboration with Google, the world leader in digital advertising.
  •  The Digital Advertising Faculty at @iLabAfrica is comprised of experts trained at Google HQ from Europe and Middle East in Dublin Ireland as well as guest trainers from Google.
  •  We offer hands-on training in Digital Advertising.

Duration

5 Weeks (3 hours per evening, total 45 hours)

Exam and Certification

Learners will be required to sit for the Adwords Fundamentals exam and at least one Advanced Adwords exam to become Google Certified Digital Advertising professionals.

Learners who sit for and pass the exam within two weeks of completing the course will be receive a Google Certificate and  @iLabAfrica Digital Advertising Academy course completion certificate.

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!

WananCHI, Kenyan Chapter of SIGCHI First Meet-Up at @iLabAfrica

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The Kenyan chapter on SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction) dubbed WananCHI held its first meetup at @iLabAfrica on the 26th of February 2014. This came as Samatha Merrit a visiting research fellow at iHub and doctorate scholar at the University of Indiana visited Strathmore University to train students on Participatory Design. Participatory design is an approach to design attempting to actively involve all stakeholders in the design process in order to help ensure the product designed meets their needs and is usable.

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Students were exposed to various participatory design concepts and techniques including story-boarding and wire-framing. Samantha explored the origin of participatory design, the meaning of participatory design and what can be accomplished through the technology design approach. With this design concept you can produce technology that is more appropriate to the needs of the users by getting them to participate in designing the solution. The approach puts the user first and allows for their input to drive the solution design. Researchers may conduct participatory design to better understand a group of users or to allow the users to participate in the actual design of the technological solution.

The SIGCHI, Kenyan chapter aims to pioneer a culture of designing solutions that meet the actual needs of the users among Kenyan technology innovators and software developers, through participatory design.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction is the world’s largest association of professionals who work in the research and practice of computer-human interaction. SIGCHI is part of the ACM.

Learn more about SIGCH

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