The Nairobi innovation week brings together partners from government, private sector, development partners and research centers with an aim of providing a platform for showcasing and encouraging innovation, networking and sharing knowledge. Strathmore University, through @iBizAfrica partnered with the Ministry of Industry Trade and Cooperatives to reach out to potential innovative startups.
The aim of NIW is to prepare home grown localized innovative and scalable startups to be investor ready and to give them access to seed stage funding or growth phase financing options. Over a hundred startups registered themselves to take full advantage of this.
Through their application profiles, sixty of these startups were invited to pitch their ideas from 26th January – 27th January 2017 in front of a panel of judges The two panels of judges consisted of 5-6 industry business leaders.
Each of the sixty startups had fifteen minutes (10-minute presentation and a 5-minute Q&A session) to showcase their ideas and prove to the judges why their startup deserved to be in the 3 week NIW Boot Camp scheduled between 6th February and 22nd February 2017.
The BootCamp will be hosted by @iBizAfrica and will entail different exciting elements needed in running a startup such as legal issues, pitching and presentation skills, business modeling among others. This will serve as inspiration to the startups to make impressive presentations.
A further shortlisting will be made after the boot camp to determine the finalists that will present during the main event that is to be held between 6th March and 10th March 2017. We wish all the shortlisted businesses the best during this amazing time of learning how to grow their startups.
Digikids has partnered with @iLabAfrica to bring you various bootcamps that will be focused on training children in digital literacy that will enable them to create technology that works for them, their communities and the world at every stage of their lives and have fun while doing it
Today’s world is dominated by technology and software is its language. This trend can only grow in the future where technology will permeate every aspect of life. Digital literacy is the next-gen literacy and computational thinking is the next-gen thinking of the tech rock stars of the future. The future belongs to those who know how to use this language as creators and innovators to shape the world.
Digikids achieves this goal through:
- Developing computational thinking as a technique for logical thinking and problem solving
- Teaching coding as a tool for creating innovative solutions though fun and easy to learn visual programming languages
- Sensitization on how to interact with technology, especially the internet, safely and securely
- Encouraging hardware invention through easy to use littlebits™ electronic building blocks that use magnetic circuits to create thousands of projects.
Internet Safety for Kids
Digikids has partnered with (ISC)2 Kenya Chapter to build a strong information security culture in our students to enable them become responsible digital citizens. Our internet safety and security education lessons are incorporated into each of our programs so as to bring cyber security information down to a level that children can understand. The training teaches children how to protect themselves online and become responsible digital citizens which allows them to feel comfortable visiting their favorite websites and playing their most challenging online games.
Digikids will be running a bootcamp @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University from 15th to 19th August where students will learn various things including:-
- Coding of mobile apps and games
- Hardware and Robotics
- Problem Solving Skills
- Logical & Computational Thinking
- Web design
- 3D animation
- Child Online Protection (internet safety for kids
The information was first published on the digikids website.
Government’s development spending shapes your life. It pays for the roads and bridges you travel on, for the schools and clinics that nurture you, and the water and electricity that makes your life possible.
Do you ask yourself???
- Where does the money comes from or where it goes?
- Does development spending really improve lives, or grow the economy?
Come and find out during a *free* 4-day d|Bootcamp that explores how you can access and use the data tracked by Kenya’s National Treasury and its partners such as the World Bank and the Open Aid Partnership.
The d|Bootcamp will bring together aspiring data journalists and civic watchdogs, with technologists and digital designers, for hands-on learning and collaboration on team projects. The best projects will win seed grants and technology support.
What Data Will be Explore?
Kenya’s National Treasury runs a comprehensive Development Assistance Database (e-ProMIS), that tracks procurement and other spending data from government and its multilateral development partners. Treasury has aggregated this data since 2011, with the help the World Bank’s Open Aid Partnership (OAP). In addition to government data, OAP seeks to improve aid transparency and effectiveness by bringing together information from other development partners, such as civil society organizations, foundations, and the private sector.
The d|Bootcamp will explore additional open data sources, ranging from the Kenya Open Data Initiative(KODI) and the wider openAFRICA portals, to sector specific databases from civic watchdog organisations. d|Bootcamp participants will also be taught to scrape data to build their own databases.
What you need to know
Venue; The d|Bootcamp will take place at the Aga Khan University’s brand new Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) at the 9 West building in Westlands, Nairobi.
Dates:26th- 29th November, 2014.
More details click here
A while back, we introduced you to the 1%club an amazing platform that you can easily use to crowdfund cash for your great initiative. You can re-read that post here. Now we bring you the cheetah fund crowdfunding bootcamp that is happening this week here in Nairobi .
1%Club and the Dutch National Postcode Lottery present The Cheetah Fund: A matching fund of €400,000 that aims to support 100 African pioneers with seed money to kick-start or boost their world-changing projects. If you manage to crowdfund 30% of your target amount in 30 days, The Cheetah Fund will match the rest!
Learn everything you need to know about crowdfunding and be prepped and ready to launch your Cheetah campaign at the end of the day! There will be workshops, keynote speakers sharing their expertise, and African pioneers sharing their crowdfunding success stories with you to help you get inspired and motivated.
How it work
- The bootcamp is a one-day event: you can either participate on the 9th or the 10th of October, 2014.
- Sign up is free of charge. All you need to do is create a campaign on the Cheetah Fund website before the start of the bootcamp.
- Two’s better than one so please bring a partner of your organization/project with you to the bootcamp
Date: Thursday October 9th and 10th
Time: From 09.00 to 17.00 hrs.
Place: Nailab & iHub offices,Bishop Magua, Ngong Road, Nairobi.
The catch………: If you sign up before October 7th you will receive a free t-shirt 🙂
If you have any questions regarding signing up, kindly contact Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cheetah Fund crowdfunding bootcamp is powered by: