Internet of Things

Invitation to Participate in the Digital Radio – IoT Ideation Event

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Strathmore University – @iLabAfrica and Motorola Solutions invites students and professionals (in teams of at most 3 people) to present their Internet of Things (IoT-based) ideas under the following critical concepts:

1. Public safety (police, fire, health, security and services)

2. Utilities : Electricity distribution, water and wastewater

3. Energy, including Oil and Gas

4. Emergency Preparedness/Response: Natural disaster warning systems and

5. Wildlife.

The teams are expected to submit a write-up of an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that incorporates a prototype description of a sensing system that can remotely transmit data using different connectivity mechanisms such as two-way radio, GSM networks and Bluetooth as well as any other connectivity method. The teams will select the open platforms they feel comfortable using and transmitting the data to.

The deadline of submission of these ideas is June 13th. The teams with outstanding ideas will be selected to participate in the Digital Radio – IoT Ideation Event that will be held on June 22nd. In this event, the teams will do an oral presentation of their submitted ideas to a panel of corporates and academicians. A set of successful teams at this stage will be selected again. Tokens for participants and awards to the winning teams will be given after this event. The winning teams will then be marched with Motorola Solutions value-add-resellers to initiate a 90-day period of incubation that will see these teams’ ideas nurtured into businesses as well as trained to work with the relevant technology.

After this period, an assessment will be carried out to determine the most outstanding team(s) that will be attending Motorola Solutions’ participation in the first dedicated Mission Critical Communications Industry Event in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2017.

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Call for Applications: Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

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Five hundred billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2030!

Things like wells, cars, watches, refrigerators, and more will be connected to the Internet for the first time so that they can transmit and receive information. Digitization is about connecting people and things to the Internet so that the information those connections provide can be used to improve processes and decision making.

With digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT), good ideas can make a difference more quickly than ever before by driving economic development and helping people solve some of our most

Who Should Enter?

This challenge is open to students or recent alumni from any college or university. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here .

Areas of impact could include, but are not limited to:

  • local industry/economic development
  • critical human needs (food, water, shelter, and disaster relief)
  • healthcare
  • economic empowerment/financial inclusion
  • education
  • environment
  • connectivity

Digital Technologies that enable these innovations may include, but are not limited to:

  • connected/smart solutions (smart home, smart city, smart energy)
  • connected transportation
  • wearables
  • big data
  • analytics
  • cloud computing

We are awarding $300,000 to support Global Problem Solvers. Click here to read more about the prizes.

Application Process

  • March 30 2017: Applications Open
  • May 30 2017: Applications Close
  • June 12, 2017: Finalists announced
  • June 12,-28th 2017: Peoples Choice Voting
  • June 29: Winners Announced

Why you should participate?

  • Huge cash infusion to develop your company or solution
  • Global recognition and publicity for your company or solution
  • Looks great on a resume or in a prospectus to potential funders
  • Review by Cisco technology experts and high profile judges
  • Peer and industry validation for your solution

 Digitize. Do More Good.

To learn more and take part in this challenge,please click here.

First ever Internet of Things Codeathon Held in Strathmore University

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Rachael Reinitz Speaking at the Internet of Things Codeathon
Rachael Reinitz Speaking at the Internet of Things Codeathon

Internet of things is a new trend that is believed to be one of the drivers of application development for the near future. It is the concept that everyday objects can be connected to each other transferring and receiving data, without a human-to-human or human-to–computer interaction. The IBM CSC team at Strathmore University together with @iLabAfrica hosted the first ever Internet of things codeathon on the 23rd May 2014. The competition marked the end of a two weeks training where a team of IBM experts trained developers and students in the Safaricom Academy on next generation application development. Students used technologies such as Node Red and BlueMix to develop internet of things applications, which involved the use of sensor and embedded devices.

Students Demonstrating a Drone-based Security surveillance Application
Students Demonstrating a Drone-based Security surveillance Application

Amazing concepts and applications were showcased by the students, who spent an entire day developing concepts and applications based on the Internet of Things concept. The theme of the competition was “Using Internet of Things to make Africa a Safer Place”. From using drones to send surveillance data to control rooms, to using sensors that send data on the water levels in a dam for purposes of informing irrigation projects, the students displayed impressive innovations that could have a great impact when implemented in solving some of Africa’s greatest challenges.

Dr. Joseph Sevilla Receiving a Drone from Maria Kacerikova of IBM
Dr. Joseph Sevilla Receiving a Drone from Maria Kacerikova of IBM

The students had only 3 minutes to present their concepts and applications in an elevator-pitch fashion. At the end of the presentations, the applications were judged by a team of experts from IBM and @iLabAfrica and the best three applications were recognized and awarded with cool hardware gadgets that included sensors and embedded devices. All the participants were also awarded certificates for attending the intensive course on next generation application development.

Students after receiving certificates for taking part in the training
Students after receiving certificates for taking part in the training

@iLabAfrica received a drone from the IBM team on behalf of Strathmore University to be used for Next Generation Application Development training. IBM and Strathmore University are engaged in talks of how to make the next generation training undertaken at @iLabAfrica sustainable to benefit more students and developers in the future.

Group photo of students, trainers and teams from IBM and @iLabAfrica
Group photo of students, trainers and teams from IBM and @iLabAfrica

Catch the Biggest Developer Meetups on Mobile and Big Data at @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University with IBM

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@iLabAfrica, @iBizAfrica and the IBM Corporate Services Corps team in Strathmore University have organized two meetups for developers in Kenya. the Meetups will be a platform to discuss the latest and futuristic trends in software development especially big data analytics, cloud and the internet of things. The meetups are part of a two weeks-long program to train Kenyan developers on the latest, disruptive and game changing trends in software development, by the best software and business developers from the most innovative company in the world, IBM.

Big Data Developers Meetup

Description: Geared towards developers, data scientists and ALL Big Data enthusiasts, our meetups provide an opportunity to work hands on with the solutions and tools in our Big Data portfolio.

Date: Monday,  19th May 2014

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

RSVP: Click here!

Place: Management Science Building, Room MSB11, Strathmore University, Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale Road, 00200 City Square.

First meetup of Nairobi Next Gen Application Developers at Strathmore University

Description: At this meetup we will deliver an introductory presentation about Cloud, Web, Mobile, Social and Internet of Things and Technical walk through of new Cloud development platform IBM BlueMix.

Date: Tuesday 20th May 2014

Time:6 – 8 p.m.

Place: Management Science Building, Room MSB11, Strathmore University, Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale Road, 00200 City Square.

RSVP: Click here!

All are welcome and its all FREE!