@iLabAfrica, Strathmore University, launched a cashless revenue collection system in Busia County. The system, a project under @iLabAfrica’s outsourcing and consulting unit, dubbed County Pro was launched on the 10th of April 2019. The launch, which was spearheaded by Busia’s County Governor, Hon. Sospeter Ojaamong, is set to collect revenue and seal leakages that have led to a decline in the county’s revenue collection.
In his statement the governor applauded @iLabAfrica for contributing to a course that seeks to seal loopholes and maximize revenue collection in the county.
“I thank @iLabAfrica from Strathmore University and the vendors of the County Pro system for effecting the cashless system in partnership with Safaricom,” Ojaamong said.
Busia County now aims at attaining and realizing its potential of collecting Sh1.5 Billion from the various revenue streams through the system.
Implementation of the System
Busia County has already procured 100 P.O.S (Point of Sales) Devices to its 7 sub-counties and training done to all the Revenue Collectors in the specific sub counties.
@iLabAfrica, through the County Pro vendors, is taking part in the implementation process in two steps; the Gap Analysis Report which is going to ensure that the county has the prerequisite infrastructure that is: Computers, Printers and the Internet, for the program to kick off and the Modular Process of Implementation which is going to make sure that the Backend System of the structured revenue and P.O.S (Point of Sales) system of the unstructured revenue are up and running.
Once the systems are operational, data that is obtained from the P.O.S system, which will include parking tickets and market receipts, shall be directly synchronized into the Backend System of the Structured Revenue of the county government.
Monitoring and Evaluation
This system will be monitored on a daily basis using the User Support System. Through this system, Revenue Collectors can contact the County Pro Developers through calls and e-mails and make their cases regarding any queries on the system.
Quarterly Site visits will also be done to assess the success of the system. This is also meant to enable the creators of County Pro address any vital issues concerning the system’s workability.
@iLabAfrica has been at the forefront of technological advancements with projects just like ‘County Pro’ to help solve notable issues facing the counties and country through the use of technology
County Pro has replicated the same system in Kiambu, Taita Taveta and Kisumu Counties which are now yielding positive results in terms of revenue collection.
@iLabAfrica’s Digital Learning Unit conducted the second Computer Science Workshop for teachers from the 23rd -27th of April 2019. The workshop dubbed CS4Teachers was held at at Strathmore University and forms part of a series of activities under the Google CS4Edu Grant which @iLabAfrica was awarded in April of 2018. The program seeks to support continuous Professional Development of teachers in the area of Computer Science education and is also geared towards improving teaching and learning of computer science in secondary schools by encouraging the uptake of the subject at tertiary level.
Participants of this workshop were majorly drawn from schools within Nairobi and surrounding counties, i.e. Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu. However, the workshop attracted teachers from as far as Siaya and Marsabit counties. A total of 52 teachers participated in the 5-day activity. The workshop was through scholarships awarded to educators based on competence and ability of passing on the skills acquired to their students, the end beneficiary. The scholarships covered training and training material, access to a computer and Internet connectivity during training, tea and lunch as well as transport from Nairobi CBD to Strathmore University and vice versa.
“The workshop was superb. Benefited a lot and now extending the same to our students.”
“The workshop was superb and I learnt a lot. I am now extending that experience to our students. Thanks to all who facilitated it.”
“This was a very educative workshop. I look forward to such workshops in future.”
“The training was very enriching and we request to continue with the same come August so that we perfect on our web design skills.”
On the final day of the workshop the participants made presentations of their classroom projects. This provided an opportunity for them to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts learned during the workshop. The teachers were also introduced to the Community of Practice (CoP) which was set up to allow them to continue to exchange ideas and best practices with other participants. Weekly coding challenges are posted to the CoP to encourage teachers to continue the development of their web programming skills.
The Strathmore-Strathmore Waterloo Agribusiness Challenge Incubation program will start on Monday 20th April 2015. This is the final stage of the international and first of its kind innovation challenge focusing on agri-business. The challenge is a collaboration between Canada and Kenya where The University of Waterloo in Canada and Strathmore University in Kenya have come together to support youth with innovative business ideas, driven by mobile and and social media technologies to address East Africa’s most pressing challenges in agriculture. The challenges include food and water safety, food traceability, food sustainability and agriculture waste management.
The Agri-business Challenge is expected to drive innovation at the bottom of the pyramid in the region with practical and life-changing solutions for food security and agriculture.
The incubation stage is the final and very crucial stage of the competition where 6 teams that made it through the investor Pitch stage will go through a 8 week incubation program at @iBizAfrica.
The teams include:
- GreenUp Africa
- Kilimo Watch
The teams will receive entrepreneurship training and mentorship from top-notch Strathmore faculty and experts on entrepreneurship, to help them gain business skills to turn their ideas into a business . They will also develop working prototypes of their solutions and business plans.
The teams will demo at the end and the winning team will secure a fully-paid trip to Canada to learn more about business and visit Conrad Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, University of Waterloo.
What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is an event that brings together programmers, developers, marketers, designers, startup enthusiasts among other diverse groups, to form groups and develop viable business ideas in 54 hours. It is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds- the other half have business backgrounds.
Startup Weekend is an NGO based in San Francisco, US, and has so far organized startup 500+ events in 110 countries and 120 cities.
Startup Weekend Nairobi
Startup Weekend Nairobi will look to not only bring together technology entrepreneurs, but also individuals from sectors such as agriculture, education, communication, among others.
Startup Weekend Nairobi will be held on November 22nd -24th, 2013, and will offer exciting prizes for the winners of the challenge.
Why should YOU attend?
● Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning. Expect to learn a new skill, a new programming or business language and more so, a new way of thinking.
● Enlarged network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high-quality, driven entrepreneurs – like you! You will create relationships that last long past the weekend.
● Learn how to launch a business: The goal of the weekend is for you to go from idea to launch in 54 hours.
● Get face time with local and international mentors: Tech and start-up leaders mentor and participate in Startup Weekends. They interact with event participants sharing experiences and giving business related advice.
● Get access to valuable start-up resources: By participating in Startup Weekend, you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed.
The 3-day event will be held at the Strathmore University @iLabAfrica, which is on the 5th floor of Strathmore University Student center, Ole Sangale road.
Startup Weekend Nairobi is being organized by, Evelyn Mwangi, Louis Majanja, Kenfield Griffith, Alieu Fofanah and Barbara Okeyo. To learn more about this event, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check us out on:
Facebook Page: Startup Weekend
This Friday Safaricom AppWiz Challenge participants will have progress presentations. The presentations will take a Pitch Friday format.
Pitch Friday is an event organised by @iBizAfrica on the last Friday of every month. However this there will be a special Pitch Friday just for AppWiz contestants. Each team will present their business idea (app) to a closed panel that will consist of mentors, seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. You will have 5 minutes to present and another 5 to respond to questions from the panel.
For this Fridayś event all teams MUST present. Presentations will start from 12.00 noon and will be in the @iLabAfrica Boardroom on the 4th Floor. We will have some senior staff from Safaricom joining the panel.