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.
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@iLabAfrica-Strathmore University will be offering Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training courses for Students (in Strathmore University) and professionals (external), under the IT Security Centre in @iLabAfrica. Globally, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a highly sought certification.
The University will also be an examination center where anyone will be able to take the exam and attain the certification.
Students currently pursuing any course in the university will be able to enroll for the course at a highly subsidized fee following our Academia Partnership with the EC Council. Professionals will also be able to enroll at a professional rate.
More information on the dates of the training and exams will be communicated to you in due time.
Not so many people would get a business idea from observing a child run to and fro the kitchen asking the mom inquisitive questions about the difference between orange the color and orange the fruit! Kevin Mukhwana’s idea bulb immediately lit up after he observed this interesting phenomenon during a visit to his cousin who has a young daughter in class one. “The child kept running to the mom who was cooking and she asked one question after the other until the mom gave the kid her mobile phone to play a game. This was the only trick that kept her from burning the food she was preparing to crisp with the constant interruptions from the knowledge thirsty young princes”, explained Kevin, one of the founders Tichaa. When Kevin shared this with Allan and Jacqueline, they brainstormed and knew they were onto something.
Allan Mukhwana, Jacqueline Njue & Kevin Mukhwana are one of the participants in the Safaricom App Wiz Challenge currently running at @iBizAfrica, the business incubation center of @iLabAfrica Strathmore University. The six months long competition is at its final stage, the incubation stage where participants are developing products to be launched in market by October 2013.
Kevin remembers receiving a call from Safaricom, informing him about the competition. He was contacted as a past participant in the Safaricom App Star challenge. “As a past participant in the developers’ completion, I felt this was another great opportunity to try my luck at building another super application and win some good money in the process. However, the competition has really changed my outlook towards application development because now they have introduced a business aspect to it”, narrated Kevin, a techie with his own web and software development company called Webstar Kenya.
Kevin got the idea to join the competition as a team with his brother, Allan and their friend Jacqueline. Together they enrolled and were among the 18 startups that made it through to the final stage of the completion. Allan, a third year computer science student at JKUAT recalls how they made it through the submission and hackathon stages of the competition. On his take about the competition, Allan said “the competition was really tough because many young techies had brilliant ideas and were very good at coding. We made it through tough interviews and practical programming tests. It’s been a challenging but amazing experience. We are really grateful for all the business skills we have learnt here on how to monetize mobile applications”.
Tichaa is a really simple puzzle game, targeting children between the ages of 3 to 9 years. It runs on any Android mobile phone and tablet. The child will see an outline of an image. She will be required to slide and snap colorful puzzle pieces into place to reveal the image.
Once the kid completes the puzzle, the Swahili word will appear at the bottom of the image, a voice will read the word aloud to teach the child and the child will also be congratulated for completing the puzzle.
“We realized that there are so many educational games for kids but very few for teaching Kiswahili. Young kids learn by repeating words or sounds they have heard. Children also love games and gadgets, they love the mobile phone. We figured this was a unique opportunity to make a game that would not only be fun for the kids but an educational tool as well” explained Jacqueline a second year student at JKUAT.
“During the incubation period, we have managed to develop and test several prototypes of the application. In fact, we carried out a pilot test with some kids who gave us really cool ideas on how to improve the user experience. For example we added a sound replay feature that repeats the name of the object created in the puzzle game every time the child tapped on the complete puzzle. This helped the child to memorize the name until it stuck in the mind. Another thing we have been able to accomplish in the program is to test and measure through Analytics. This has helped us track the application usage and identify patterns of use. We now know that on average, users complete 8 puzzles per session and use it more than once a day. In just the past four days of releasing the application, we have 44 downloads” narrated a very enthusiastic Kevin.
The Lite version of Tichaa is already available for free download on the Google play store. Currently the app is free and we plan to have it in the Samsung app store as well as Amazon in the coming week. “Our product has international appeal, as Swahili is now a language of interest in other non-African Countries in Europe, Asia and America. We hope to release a paid version of the application with more features when we have established a solid user base” said Kevin in conclusion.