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Building IOT Solutions for Smart Cities.

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As the world grows into a progressively intersected and technology-dependent universe, an upsurge of smart applications begin to change how we approach everyday activities.  Would you like to walk down a street and the lamp posts know it? Embedded with smart sensors, lamp posts can brighten and dim as foot traffic varies to conserve energy, forming maneuverable, safer walk paths for the inhabitants 24/7.

This was just one of the countless discussions held at the 2nd @iLabAfrica Wazihub Bootcamp  to  close of the year. The 4 days of training encompassed participants who were motivated to use the Waziup platform to develop IOT solutions for local problems.
WAZIHUB (in Swahili for Open-Hub) is an innovation project for Africa aiming to create an Open Hub of IoT (Internet of Things) and Big data cutting-edge and African-grade solutions, co-designed by African people where these solutions can then be adapted to match local service needs. Wazihub in  partnership with @iLabAfrica conduct IoT activities using the Waziup platform. @iLabAfrica runs a fully functional IoT (Internet of Things) Lab that researches, implements and tests robust and sustainable solutions in all sectors of the economy.

The first sessions  of the bootcamp enabled students to learn the basics of the hardware part of IOT, from Electronics Fundamentals to Bread boarding which were led by IOT Specialists Joseph Shitote and Stephen Ngetich from @iLabAfrica. The participants further had the opportunity of an industry visit to Liquid Telecom who have partnered with Sigfox to build and deploy a nationwide IOT network covering 85% of the Kenyan population.
Smart cities carry along infrastructure and technology to improve the quality of life of people and heighten their communications with the urban environment. Nonetheless, how can data from areas such as transportation, air quality and energy construction be unified and efficiently used? The Internet of Things (IoT), could have some of the answers. The participants were divided into 5 working groups and developed projects that were pitched on the final day.
The projects included, Smart Traffic System-Transport Chap Chap which aimed at reducing traffic congestion by providing data for informed decisions to the police department. This collected data aided them in re-routing vehicles to less congested areas. A vegetable humidifier reinforced the theme of food security by monitoring critical parameters such as temperature, humidity and air quality in storage facilities which in turn provide feedback mechanisms for quality produce.
A review of the use of smart energy systems brought the Solar Sasa team which concentrated on ensuring maximum solar radiation absorption by the solar panel at any time during the day, improving the efficiency of the solar panel. Home devices provide a sense of convenience, particularly when they’re preventing numerous accidents due to gas cylinder leakages which cause explosions. The Gaspector group outlined a smart home monitoring system implementation that provided a sensor to monitor the levels of CH4 in real-time through an application that would send notifications when the threshold exceeded.
Zima Auto held on to maximizing energy efficiency in households. They would utilize motion and light sensors to save energy in areas where domestic lighting was not required at all times.

Throughout the bootcamp project manager Margaret Njenga, took the participants through different phases the Wazihub program, and what they would expect in the next steps. Participants also had practical sessions learning about configurations and setups by IOT Engineer Marvin Ngesa from Liquid Telecom.

The workshop was closed by a judging panel that comprised of a balance of technical and business experts namely, Wandiji Ngongang an IOT Engineer from the UN Habitat, Patricia Ahau, Strathmore University and Stephen Ngetich of @iLab Africa.

The judges crowned the Traffic Chap Chap team as the winners of the 2nd Wazihub bootcamp and all participants were awarded certificates of participation and the winning team a variety of sensors.

As smart technology continues to develop and urban centers expand, both will become interconnected. By taking a step towards the future, we will advance not only how we interrelate with our general environment but how cities interrelate with us, guaranteeing that we receive the best quality options and waste fewer resources.

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Winning Team at the 2nd @iLabAfrica bootcamp.

Women in tech – Last call

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WIN KSH 1,000,000 FOR YOUR BUSINESS!

WITStandard Chartered in partnership with @iLabAfrica has launched a search for the third cohort of women-led technology startups which will see five entrepreneurs win Sh1 million each.

The partnership seeks more diversity in technology and for more opportunities for women to develop entrepreneurial and leadership excellence.

The program combines world class startup support with local and international experience to provide Africa’s most competitive and attractive startup incubation program focusing on immersive learning, mentorship, building and growing Africa’s next iconic startups taking on the continent’s most relevant challenges and opportunities

Who are we looking for?
We are seeking to recruit the best entrepreneurial minds, women-lead startup teams leveraging on technology as a key driver of innovation in business. The applicant must:
  1. be a woman
  2. be the CEO with equal or majority ownership in the company
  3. 18 and above
  4. of Kenyan nationality
What are the the program thematic areas?
Applicants may submit applications across but not limited to the following thematic areas:
  1. Agribusiness
  2. Education
  3. ICT
  4. E-Commerce
  5. E-Health
  6. Fintech
What do Participants Get?
  1. Three months incubation at Strathmore University’s leading business and innovation incubator- @iBizAfrica
  2. Mentorship from world class mentors
  3. Coaching by top business, technology and legal professionals
  4. Immersive, world-class entrepreneurship curriculum
  5. Networking and exposure to expand your business networks
What do Winners Get?
  1. USD 10,000 or KES 1,000,000 equity-free grant seed funding for the top 5 winners
  2. 9 months ongoing support from Standard Chartered and @iBizAfrica to assist with go-to market and scale.
Terms and Conditions
  1. Participants must be physically available to attend the program over the three months incubation
  2. Participant accommodation costs are not catered for
Application  deadline 4th November 2019 

REGISTER HERE 

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Helping Kenyan Companies fight Cybercrime

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ACPM IT Consulting Ltd. an international consulting company today announced the expansion of ACPM IT Consulting to Kenya. As part of this expansion, it shared details of a Memorandum of Understanding with @iLabAfrica Centre -Strathmore University and BCK Kenya. The overarching goal is to make it safer for Kenyans to access the internet without having their data compromised. The Strathmore ACPM SOC as a Service will provide the best way for companies to outsource their Security Monitoring by providing the benefits of 24/7 monitoring, decrease in cybersecurity threats to IT infrastructure, achieving regulatory compliance and Saving money.

The African market is experiencing significant rise in cybercrime due to fast-paced technological advances and companies are investing more in Cybersecurity experts to help prevent cyber-attacks.

Through the Hungarian Embassy in Kenya, ACPM IT is collaborating with @iLabAfrica Strathmore University and BCK to provide information and assistance to academic and commercial sector in Kenya on risk reduction and computer security incidents. This partnership will equip African students with the technical skills and certifications required to help companies prevent cybercrime and build the Kenyan economy.

@iLabAfrica- Strathmore University has built an international reputation for its world-class academic teaching, professional training, and research in technology. Working with ACPM IT and BCK, the University has already begun training students on various cyber security training programs and is providing cybersecurity services to potential clients.

@iLabAfrica, a Centre of Excellence in Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology at the University, is spearheading the rollout and students will be able to benefit from access to high-quality learning online resources, hands-on lab experiences to develop technical skills, and the opportunity to achieve industry-recognised cybersecurity certification to complement their chosen fields of study.

“We are delighted to be part of this partnership with ACPM IT and BCK to help train and equip our students and the public with the right skills to help companies in Kenya fight cybercrime. We are happy for the support from the Hungarian Embassy in Kenya for helping to facilitate this partnership from a government perspective in partnership with Academia and Media. From this collaboration we look forward to bring skills to the local workforce, provide a service to local companies and an opportunity for us to further embark on research and understand what is happening in the world of IT in Kenya.” said Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University.

“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between ACPM IT Solutions, ILabAfrica and BCK features a historic moment as the first Foreign Direct Investment from Hungary to Kenya. This partnership will ensure the training and employment of highly-skilled cybersecurity experts to run the SOC and will save billions of Kenyan shillings for those companies that are affected by cybercrime in Kenya.,” said Mr Marton Milkos, CEO, ACPM IT.

The Partnership has come at a time when kenya is experiencing cybercrime attacks and organisations are looking for ways to safeguard their ventures.

The WILD App: Helping Conserve our Wild Animals

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On Friday, 23rd September 2016, in partnership with USAID, @iLabAfica, Strathmore University launched the Wildlife Information and Landscape Database (WILD) App that will strengthen existing wildlife anti-poaching and human wildlife conflict (HWC) deterrent efforts. the U.S. The mobile phone data collection application and cloud-based database is designed to improve collection, sharing, management and analysis of biodiversity information and data of endangered wildlife i.e Elephants and Rhinos in East Africa which are facing extinction due to the increased poaching activities.

In January 2014, in response to President Obama’s Executive Order onCombating Wildlife Trafficking, USAID’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project established a partnership with key governmental, non-governmental conservation organization and private sector stakeholders in Kenya and Tanzania to discuss how Information and Communications Technology could be used to improve the fight against poaching in East Africa. The goal was to develop innovative tools that help prevent poaching and HWC, and improve monitoring, coordination, and analysis of anti-poaching and HWC deterrent efforts.

Brad Arsenault, Deputy Office Chief for Environment at USAID’s Kenya and East Africa Mission, explained that “Protecting wildlife from poaching and illegal trafficking helps to secure our global heritage and fight against sophisticated criminal networks that lead to insecurity.”

The WILD application tracks a patrol unit’s movement using global-positioning software (GPS) using the smart-phone. While on patrol, game scouts can record information on incidences that occur, such as poaching, animal mortality, human wildlife conflict, illegal human activity, community service, wildlife sightings, climate data and others.

The information captured in WILD is stored in a secure online database that allows administrators to access and analyze information collected by their scouts, and use this information to support evidence-based management decisions, such as re-organizing patrol routes to cover areas with higher incidents of poaching or HWC. WILD can also be used to track the progress and outcomes of counter wildlife trafficking legal cases that the organization is supporting.

Administrators can view reported incidences geo-spatially by patrol unit, time period or incident type. Administers can link related incidences that occur over a longer time period; for example, linking a crop-raiding incident with a retaliatory killing that may have happened several days later.

WILD can be downloaded on Android-based smart phones via the Google Play Store and has offline capacity to ensure functionality when there is no or limited network access.  Watch how the app works.

Story was first published on PREPARED Facebook Page

 

Apply To The Green Enterprise Challenge (GEC) 2016

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1. What is the Green Enterprise Challenge?

This is a platform for championing green sustainable jobs by women and youth entrepreneurs in Kenya, with a focus on selected value chains, through MSMEs business modeling in at least 6 selected counties. Nakuru was the pilot County.

2. Problems to be tacked by Green Enterprise Challenge:

  • Youth unemployment
  • Environmental pollution
  • Poverty
  • Little education
  • Inadequate business skills

3. Who is running the Green Enterprise Challenge?
The challenge is being run by Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) in collaboration with Tangaza University College.

MESPT is a champion of a Green Growth economy and in partnership with Danida has been implementing the Annual Green Growth Conference and exhibition in Kenya for the last 2 years.

4. Which entrepreneurs qualify for the challenge?
The challenge is open to youth and women who have startup businesses not more than 3 year old. Their businesses must have a green element in it.

5. To register for the challenge must I have an existing business?
No, your business can be an idea which you must be in a position to convince the trainers and the judges that it is viable.

6. What business categories are eligible?

  • Your business is eligible if you are in the line of:
  • Mobile & ICT Technologies
  • Waste Management
  • Agri-Business
  • Renewable Energy

7. How do entrepreneurs benefit from the Green Enterprise Challenge?

  • They will be sponsored into an entrepreneurship academy in their county.
  • All finalists will get certificates.
  • Winners will be awarded trophies.
  • Overall national winners will be awarded a monetary grant of up to KES 1,000,000 to grow their businesses.
  • Sponsorship opportunity to participate/ exhibit in the National Green Enterprise Challenge and the National Green Growth Conference & Exhibition in October 2016.
  • Exposure to potential investors/ funders.
  • Development of brands
  • Media Coverage
  • Six months post competition incubation to harness entrepreneurial skills.

8. How do I register/pay for the green enterprise challenge?
Joining the Green Enterprise Challenge is absolutely Free!
Registration is on-going through your county MESPT office or you can forward your name to selected stakeholders in your county.

Questions

 Visit here or Email: GEC@mespt.org Contact or v

Person: Ann 0722 207 905/ 0735 333 154/ 0728 817 315

To get latest News and updates on various challenges and competitions  follow @iBizAfrica on Instagram , Twitter and Facebook.

 

Register to Participate in the Entrepreneurship School

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ThinkYoung are happy to present the 1st edition of the Entrepreneurship School Kenya – the next step in becoming a future entrepreneur! With their School in Nairobi, they are offering you the opportunity to further your entrepreneurial knowledge and principles, acquire a variety of new skills and network with experienced entrepreneurs. The training will be carried out at @iBizAfrica incubation center based in Strathmore University

During the next 5 day programme in Nairobi (Kenya) from the 4th-8th April 2016, you will be given the opportunity to question experienced entrepreneurs on a number of topics, exposing you to real experiences and stories of both entrepreneurial success and failure. Engage closely with exciting pioneers via a ‘learning by doing’ methodology and challenge the best entrepreneurs.

No professors, academic books or lectures. Simply, successful Entrepreneurs communicating their own personal experiences in business. A truly unforgettable experience, providing you with the confidence to take your next step in business!

Get ready for the challenge, and secure your Entrepreneurship School place today!

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO GET THE PROMOTIONAL FEE!

Participation fee: Early Bird price- 1000KSH. Register here to secure your slot.

For more information , visit their website.

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