Intel is planning a challenge known as the Intel Developer Champ Challenge for developers, which involves different key tech hubs and universities in Kenya. We would like to present this Challenge to developers and give them a chance to participate on this challenge.
The Intel Developer challenge is a loyalty program that is run on an online page where developers are invited to take on different challenges such as test an app on Testdroid, take a short online training on the tools and SW, download the SDK’s, watch videos etc.
The goal of the program is to drive 2015 objectives across Android / IOT / RealSense around unique visitors, tool downloads, repeat visitors and Developers trained.
How the Intel Developer Champ Program works:
- To enter the challenge, visit https://devzonechamps.intel.co.za/ to register for the Challenge. You will be asked to provide your full name, country, email address, telephone number and institution. Your personal data will be used exclusively for Intel Corporation US, its affiliates and subsidiaries’ marketing purposes and the data might be transferred, stored and processed in the United States.
- After registration, you will be invited to take part in different challenges based on IOT, Real sense, Test droid, Android, tool downloads, training on tools and SW, downloads of SDK’s and videos.
- Each challenge accumulates a certain number of points and these points can be redeemed for prizes.The more the challenges the more points accumulated
More information will be shared by Intel as the challenge continues.
There are exciting prizes to be won for both the developers and the hub managers.
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.
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
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.