@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
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.
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.
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.
Did you know you can develop Android Games optimized to run on the Intel Platform?
Would you like to learn game programming for Android?
Strathmore University, in partnership with Intel Corporation will roll out a fully sponsored 8 week Training Program focused on enabling programmers to learn how to develop Games on Android. The program offers participants step-by-step training through the development of complete games.
Who should Attend?
The course is aimed at anyone who has a great game idea, but who lacks the opportunity, skills or experience to be able to turn their idea into reality.
Previous experience programming in either C++ or Java is desirable but not mandatory.
- Previous experience programming in either C++ or Java is desirable but not mandatory.
- Be available to participate in a full-time 8-week program
Competition and Prizes
At the end of the training we will hold a Hackathon and reward the winning game developers.
1st Prize- Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Inch device with Intel Inside
2nd Prize- Asus Fonepad with Intel Inside.
Dates and Time
-22nd October 2013– 16th December In 2013
From 9: 00 am to 5:00 pm
Register Here to attend this training.
Download the poster for this event here
The Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge
The Pitch Video Challenge closes on October 25—that’s just 2 weeks away. Then, on October 28, the Project Blueprint Challenge opens. Get access to great blogs that include even more resources to help with the challenges and competitions. So if you haven’t already, take a minute to set up your account today and get started!
About Pitch Video Challenge
You’ve got five minutes to change your life. Are you dreaming of the next great technology innovation? Got an idea for a video game you just can’t stop thinking about? Have you looked at a global problem in the news and thought you had a solution?
Then grab your webcam or your phone and start talking! Young software developers around the world are asked every year to pitch their project to investors, partners, customers, publishers, and even potential teammates. It’s how you share your vision, how you persuade people that you don’t just have the right idea. You’re also the right person to make it happen. Read More….
Applications have been invited for the Innovation Challenge to be held at this year’s AITEC East Africa ICT Summit at Oshwal Centre over 20 – 21 November. AITEC has partnered with @iLabAfrica to host the Challenge at the Summit to provide a platform for innovators to showcase their products and compete for awards.
Developers and start-ups are invited to submit applications to make innovation presentations in the following sectors:
- Financial Services
- Government/Public Service
- Transport and Logistics
The top three innovations in each category, as judged by an independent panel of judges drawn from industry leaders, will be awarded a four-month incubation period at @iBizAfrica, the business incubation Centre at @iLabAfrica. Up to three team members for each winning innovation will be included in the project.
Dr Joseph Sevilla, the Director of @iLabAfrica, welcomed the opportunity to identify and develop new talent and product ideas, “We are delighted to be partnering with AITEC for the Innovation Challenge. There is a huge amount of talent with innovative ideas across East Africa and we want to first of all identify the most promising and then help them develop their ideas to a level where they can take them to market on a sound technological and business basis.”
Innovators wanting to enter the Challenge should submit their application at http://bit.ly/16PwBzs
The deadline for submission is 1st November 2013.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has finally admitted that forcing users to press the Control-Alt-Delete key combination to log into a PC was a mistake. more stories at this link http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/26/4772680/bill-gates-admits-ctrl-alt-del-was-a-mistake#!
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