@iLabAfrica, SBS and Strathmore Faculty trained for Digital Marketing in Ireland

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The final stage in preparing iLabAfrica to become the first Google certified digital advertising Academy in Africa, was finalised at Google’s HQ for Europe, Middle East and Africa in Dublin Ireland.

Strathmore Team in Dublin, Ireland
Strathmore Team in Dublin, Ireland

The team of 11 from Faculty of IT, School of Management and Commerce, Strathmore Business School and iLabAfrica were trained by dedicated and passionate experts from Google on AdWords and Google Analytics between 5th and 11th Dec. 2013. Adwords and Analytics are Google technologies for digital marketing and web tracking.

The five days training was conducted across four Google offices in Dublin. The training entailed hands-on Advanced Awords, Analytics, Conversion Tracking, YouTube and Google +.

The collaboration between Google and Strathmore University is expected to bare fruits when the first class for Digital Advertising kicks off early next quarter. The program will build capacity for qualified digital advertising personnel in Kenya by training students, professionals and corporate organizations in digital advertising.


Applications are now open for the Intel Student Partner Program

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What is the Intel Student Partner Program?
The Intel Student Partner Program – Africa is an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Intel and their universities.

These partners:

  • Learn about innovative Intel products and programs.
  • Plan and host fun events on campus.
  • Act as a campus contact for Intel teams.
  • Help Intel better understand each university’s culture.

Why was it created?
The program was developed enable Intel to engage more actively and more effectively with large student bodies across Africa.

How do you apply?
Program Participants (Participants) can apply to be part of the Intel Student Partner Program (Program) by submitting an application here. Application deadline is December 15th, 2013. 

During the Phase 1 Participants will need to demonstrate the following values in their application:

  • University status: Participants must be enrolled in a full time program at a recognized university in Kenya, South Africa or Nigeria (Recognised and Registered as an Institution of Higher Learning by a Government Body).
  • Academic excellence: Participants must have a grade point average of minimum B (or equivalent) from their university. Proof of grade point average in the form of academic transcripts is required.
  • Leadership experience: Participants must demonstrate that they have previously organized and led other students in running or implementing a project or event that is of value to the University community. Proof for this should be provided in the form of reference letters from the organization for which they implemented the program.
  • Intel Developer Zone: Participants must be registered members of the Intel® Developer Zone (IDZ). IDZ membership will be verified by including IDZ username in the application process.

Program Duration
Starting from November 15th 2013 Participants can apply at any time during the duration of the Program and will be notified within 1 month of their application date regarding the status of their application. Intel, at its sole discretion, may determine the end date of the Program.

Partner Benefits
Partners will receive the following benefits:

  • Profiling within the Intel® Developer Zone (within regional sections dedicated for Africa as a Partner).
  • Opportunity to participate in certain Intel events locally and internationally. For any event that requires travel, Intel will cover all associated, reasonable costs (transport, accommodation and board) on behalf of the Partner based on actually incurred costs only which must be supported by a valid proof of payment.
  • Sneak peeks at some development tools, and industry-defining software applications that are public but may not be readily available in your specific market.
  • Access to mentors within Intel to support Partners to build their global network and career skillset.
  • Monthly stipend of $50 (Stipend) payable in equivalent local currency. The Stipend will only be available for months of Partners’ full time enrolment at the University, excluding University holiday months, (Eligible Months). The Stipend will be subject to additional contractual obligations to be signed by the Partners with the Agency.
  • Branded Intel merchandise (Merchandise): 1 branded jacket, 1 branded T-shirt, 1 branded laptop bag, 1 branded laptop cover of a total value of approximately $200.

Partner Obligations during Partnership Year

The Partners will be required to:

  • spend at least 2 hours a week meeting, talking and promoting Intel programs on Campus. The Partners will be required to send weekly reports providing work breakdown of how the 2 hours were spent.
  • disclose that their activities are supported by Intel.
  • provide weekly update to Intel on any university events in which they took part during the previous week and on upcoming events which the university is conducting that could be of interest to Intel.
  • with prior notice from Intel, arrange for a tour at the university for Intel visitors to showcase Partners initiatives at the university.
  • be available to assist with planning and logistics whenever Intel has major events in Partner’s country. For such assistance standard daily rates will be paid, equivalent to the rates paid to regular promoters (Event Assistance Pay).
  • provide content such as one blog entry of at least 200 words , every 3 months, for the Intel Student Partner program website. The provided content should, for example, include information regarding recent events they have participated in.

In addition Partners activities on-campus will include:

  • setting up a booth that showcases Intel technologies and programs locally. Intel will provide physical booth, as well as the items to be shown.
  • The Partners will be responsible for arranging an introduction meeting between Intel representatives and a relevant person at the university to facilitate obtaining of any required permissions for the space use at the university campus.
  • running “What’s New” sessions to inform students about the latest news from Intel.
  • arranging a periodic meeting between Intel representatives and university faculties leaders with the aim to discuss possible collaboration areas. At a minimum there should be 1 meeting per quarter.

All activities that incur costs will need a prior approval from Intel and a valid proof of payment.

Intel may, at its sole discretion, refuse to cover any costs which were not explicitly approved by Intel or for which there is no proof of payment.

Apply now to be part of the Intel Student Partner Program.

Written by: Rachel Gichinga | Twitter: @Raaheli

StartUp Weekend Nairobi @ iLabAfrica

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Startup Weekend

The past weekend of  22nd to 24th November the Startup Weekend Nairobi version was held at iLabAfrica. This is a global event that aims at bringing together programmers, developers, marketers, designers, start-up enthusiasts among other diverse groups, to form groups and develop viable business ideas in 54 hours.

The event was facilitated by Julian Ferr from South Africa. Also in attendance was  Njeri Rionge, one of the founders of Wananchi Online and a globally renowned entrepreneur in Kenya. Njeri was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of Africa’s most successful serial entrepreneurs. In her key note speech, Njeri noted that Investors are looking for startups with a clear business model backed by passionate people who understand product and market.

There were 25 ideas pitched during the 60 secs elevator pitch session. This required one to convince the audience on the viability of the idea. The pitches were followed by a voting session where the audience would vote for the best idea and the top seven ideas would proceed to the next round. The voting system provided by Mservey was quite effective and real time. The top seven ideas (in no particular order were):

  • Local DM :- Aims at availing affordable housing in the slums areas.
  • PesaApp:- Creating a mobile money transfer module that would seem money transfer between all banks and telecoms
  • Tunajali:- An online platform that provides designers a marketplace to sell their stuff and at the same time supports good causes
  • OverPlusSports:- An application that aims at being a one stop shop for sports news, betting and anything to do with sports
  • DereMjanja:- A mobile game for kids aged 10-18yrs that helps them learn traffics rules.
  • WorkPoint BPM :- Simplifying business by eliminating paper work
  • SooTano:- A microjobs site where all jobs go for 500/=

The teams went ahead and built on their ideas through the weekend to Sunday and the final pitches were done on Sunday evening. Judges voted for the the top two ideas that would proceed to the next level of the competition. These two were PesaApp and SooTano . SooTano a microjobs site that connects people for accomplishing jobs and tasks at Ksh. 500 carried the day, becoming the grand winners. PesaApp took the runner up position while Local DM scooped the social award.

iBizAfrica will offer incubation to the top 5 idea of the Startup Weekend for a chance to nature them into fully-fledged  businesses over the next few months.

Written by: Njuru Mwangi |Twitter: @Njurus

@iBizAfrica Startup Wins 100k USD Funding in Stars in Global Health Awards

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healthenetHealth-E-Net, a social enterprise that  provides patients in undeserved communities with high quality second medical opinion has won 100k USD (KShs. 8.6 M) in funding, in the Stars in Global Health Awards. The Awards are run by Grand Challenges Canada an NGO  funded by the Government of Canada and is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health.

Health-E-Net is currently incubated at the iBizAfrica business incubator. It is run by Dr. Pratap Kumar, Meghan Bruce and Kavin Otieno. Dr. Pratap is a neuroscientist and health economist with extensive experience in diverse aspects of healthcare. Bruce is graduate of Princeton University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with extensive experience in managing health interventions. Kavin is an expert on the Kenyan health system. He has worked with the healthcare system from within, as a strategist at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, and from without, as Senior Program Officer for the GIZ. He was most recently the manager of the healthcare programs offered at Strathmore Business School and is responsible for business development in health-E-net.

Register Now for CEH @iLabAfrica

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Certified Ethical Hacker is a professional certification offered by the EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants).

The course exposes learners to standard hacking practices with the aim of giving them hands-on-experience on identifying, counteracting and preventing these attacks. Upon completion of the certification examination, learners become Certified Ethical Hackers.

Who should Attend CEH Training?

CEH training is for IT professionals and students who want to become Certified experts in ethical hacking. It is ideal for individuals who want to gain hands-on-experience on identifying, counteracting and preventing IT Security attacks.


60 Hours (Three Weeks) – Evening Classes

(Special arrangements can be made to offer the course to corporates in the form of an intense boot camp)

Why CEH at Strathmore?

@iLabAfrica – Strathmore University, is a center for Excellence in IT Security. We have partnered with the best of Industry in IT Security, to ensure you get industry standard skills and training.

Learners will be exposed to an entirely different way of achieving optimal information security posture in their organisations. With this training, they will scan, hack and secure their own systems on a virtual environment.


Following the training, learners will be able to take the certification exam in Strathmore University and receive the internationally recognised certification Certified Ethical Hacker.

Start Date

24th February 2014


· Strathmore Students: KShs. 30,000

· Professionals: KShs. 100,000/

Download the Course brochure here.

Register Here!

MSc. MTI student Winner in Transform Africa Summit in Rwanda

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Mukeli Matei, a scholar in the Safaricom Academy MSc. MTI course emerged a winner in the recently concluded Transform Africa Summit in Rwanda. Mukeli was second Runner up in the most Innovative category.  She was among 25 startups who exhibited their innovations from 32 countries in Africa.

Mukeli Matai with President Kagame and other winners.
Mukeli Matai with President Kagame and other winners.

Mukeli’s innovation was FISHMATE, a mobile application that connects fish farmers, fishermen, fish consumer and industry players in one market place. FISHMATE app provides  a resource of aggregated location-based information on those who seek to get into fish-farming, a wealth of data and resources for those already practicing fish-farming and a market place for the public who seek to buy not from fishermen but fish-farmers near/around them.

The Transform Africa Summit is an event that aims to pool together International participants to set a new agenda for Africa to leapfrog development challenges through the use and uptake of Broadband and related services. This year’s summit was themed “Delivering the future today” which embodied the concept of having a SMART Africa.

Meet Team Bud Code

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Who is team Bud Code?

Hello, Bud Code is a team of three young Techpreneurs. My name is Sam Nujoma, I am the lead developer. I work with Lucy Wanjiru who heads Marketing and Harris Mwangi our UI/UX designer.

What is the name of your startup and what is the idea behind it?

Our startup is called Bud Code Software and we develop mobile apps to improve everyday life in our society. We are currently working on a service that helps clients to access and contact medical specialists with ease from their mobile device. We entered the application for the App Wiz challenge.

The idea came up when one of our team members, Lucy shared her difficult experience in finding a medical specialist for her problem, having seen many doctors and specialists yet the problem persisted.  We discovered there was a gap in finding information about finding the right specialist. People depend on word of mouth or directory services like the yellow pages in which case you must at least know the title of the specialist. We wanted to provide an easier, faster way of accessing medical specialists.

How does the service work?

Our solution is called Find A Specialist (or Bud Doctor) and we developed an Android application that helps clients search for medical specialists through a variety of parameters. These include by ailing body part e.g foot for a podiatrist; known medical field e.g mental health for a psychiatrist; by medical specialty if it is known to the client or by the name of the specialist. Not only can you find this specialist’s exact location but also call text or email them to book an appointment or make an enquiry. The application can be downloaded from the Google play store. We also acquired the website kenyandoctors.com. Here we list various medical specialists with their contact information and other details. The site is synchonised with the Android App such that you can access the same info through your mobile phone.

How is the usage so far?

The website records an average of 4000 hits per day, with majority being from Kenya. We have 50+ download for the mobile app.

Who is your competition?

In the challenge, we have similar teams doing apps in the health category. In Kenya we have Med Africa, directory services and the yellow pages as our competition. Safaricom also have a medical service via sms and voice dial. Our Service is however geared towards connecting people in need of specialized treatment to specialists in the fastest and easiest way possible using an Android device or the web.

What has your experience been like in the app wiz competition?

Initially it was challenging. At some point we thought our idea was not strong enough for the competition! However, after talking to people about it we got more approval than discouragement. We decided to give it a shot.

We learnt a lot about what it takes to build a successful business. We also met great mentors. We hope to win in the health category and even the grand prize.

What are your future plans beyond this competition?

We intend to bring health services closer to the people. We are in the process of finalizing the registration of our business. We also intend to work with the Kenya Medical and Dentistry Board to bring more doctors on board and help in the verification of qualified doctors. For us this competition is just the beginning.

How can one get in touch with you?

You can reach us via social media:  Twitter @budcode