Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga today received a tablet from @iLabAfrica and Samsung. The CJ described the Samsung note 10.1 2014 edition as a key tool for judges and magistrates owing to the fact that it comes bundled with the Kenya Law Reports (KLR) app developed at @iLabAfrica. The KLR app is exclusively available for Samsung android devices and is downloadable for free on the Samsung app store. The app is a rich resource for Kenya law reports and other legal publications including the constitution, Kenya Gazette, laws of Kenya and the Judicial calendar.
The device was presented to the CJ in his office in the presence of Dr. Joseph Sevilla the director of @iLabAfrica, Patricia King’ori a senior manager at Samsung and Longet Terer the CEO and editor of the Regional Council of Law Reporting.
@iLabAfrica and Samsung launched the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) app on the 28th of April 2014. The app was launched at Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board offices on Lenana Road in a press conference.
The PPB app comes bundled with rich features that will safeguard Kenyan’s from counterfeit drugs as well as provide access to other vital information regarding drugs, pharmacists and other pharmaceutical professionals.
Using the PPB application one will be able to:
- Access a list of all registered pharmacists and other pharmaceutical professionals
- Access a database of all registered human and veterinary drugs and other drug information such as prescription, reaction and dosage.
- Report suspected poor quality/counterfeit medicinal products. One can also report a suspected adverse drug reaction.
- Search for chemists and pharmacies within a certain radius.
- Plot the map and directions, also displays the official contacts.
The application also enables you to provide feedback and contact the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board. It is currently available for Android on the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board website. It will be coming soon on the Samsung App Store.
PPB app is a shot in the arm as the Kenya PPB continues to fight rising cases of counterfeit and substandard drugs in the country.
The Kenya Law Reports app is now available on the Samsung App store.The Kenya Law app provides a wealth of information on the laws of Kenya (including the constitution), judicial opinion, Kenya Gazette, key legislation and cause list. The application was developed at @iLabAfrica under the Samsung Built for Africa Research Project. Download the app here.
It is now four years since @iLabAfrica partnered with Samsung Electronics for research and development work on making Samsung products that are relevant for the African market. Samsung Electronics has moved aggressively into this space, quickly becoming a market leader in electronic and mobile devices. Under the research theme “Built for Africa”, @iLabAfrica has been helping the tech giant develop products attractive to consumers in the African market, especially through product research and mobile apps development.
Six mobile applications were launched at a demo dubbed “Samsung Show and Tell” in the Samsung research lab at @iLabAfrica on the 18th February 2014. All the applications launched had local relevance, meaning they would be useful to Kenya mobile apps consumers. They included:
- Christian Church App– the Christian Church App is useful for keeping tabs with church proceedings, downloading sermons and viewing personal contributions to church activities.
- Michezo– this application provides users with information on local sports event. The app is customizable to any sport with league tables, player profiles, news feed and social commentary. With this app, sports fans can utilize a maps functionality to find directions to match and tournament venues.
- Kitoweo– Kitoweo is a crowd-sourced recipe directory that encourages users to share recipes of African dishes with friends.
- Kenya Law Reports– a rich source of Kenya law reports and publications. The KLR app can be used by layers or citizens to access a legal publications and the Kenyan constitution with great ease. Publications in this app include the Kenya Gazette, Laws of Kenya, Key Legislation and the Judicial Calendar.
- SBS Application– the SBS application is a custom mobile app for the Strathmore Business Schools. Using this application, Strathmore Business School scholars can enjoy a full learning experience using a tablet. It provides for access to e-learning resources, assignments, notes and course cases, announcements and news. The applications also has a digital rights management system to safeguard distribution of copyrighted material, assignment reminders and a booked room viewing facility to help learners schedule group meetings and classes.
- Pharmacy and Poisons Board App– The application helps users access a wealth of information regarding medication as well report and give feedback to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. Some of the features include access to lists of registered pharmacists, pharmaceutical technologists and representatives. Other key features are a search function to locate nearby pharmacies and a reporting functionality to raise alarm on suspected poor quality and counterfeit medication as well as suspected drug overdose reaction.
The launch was attended by among other guests Samsung’s COO East Africa Robert Ngeru. He noted the vast opportunities for developers in Kenya to have a stake in the 500 million plus subscribers of the Samsung app store. The director of @iLabAfrica Dr. Joseph Sevilla observed that mobile apps development is now the new trend for self-employment, citing the example of flappy bird, a recent mobile game that took the world by storm. The game was developed by a Vietnamese developer in about 3 days and earned him $50,000 a day.
The mobile apps launched are available for download on the Samsung App Store. @iLabAfrica is keen on continuing to develop and deploy apps that are consumer-driven to provide value for the users on the Samsung app store.
@iLabAfrica has been in collaboration with Samsung Electronics for research and mobile application development. There will be a launch event for some of the applications developed under this collaboration as follows:
Date: 18th Feb 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Applications to be launched:
- Find A Doc
- Christian Church App
- Kenya Law Reports
- SBS Application
- Pharmacy and Poisons Board App