Strathmore University

Revenue Enhancement Specialized Training

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@iLabAfrica in partnership with key industry players offered this 4-day course which offered an approach to sustainable revenue mobilization and enforcement in local governments and looks at means of improving core revenue processes, systems, data quality, skills and organizational structures.

The course was graced with the presence of senior and middle managers in the revenue/finance departments of County Governments, including Directors, Chief Officers, Sub-county Administrators, Revenue Officers, and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs), in charge of the budgeting process. It was well represented with county officials from all over the country.

On the first day, through Dr. Walter Ongeti and Mr. Stephen Khadondi, the participants were challenged on disruptive strategic thinking and creative destruction – to shift the paradigm towards performance management in revenue collection through change management. They were also enlightened on the revenue mobilization constitutional mandate and PFM Architecture Analysis.

On the second day, the participants were able to gain and understand a lot on domestic resource mobilization policy, legal framework and administration as well as revenue enforcement strategies through a panel discussion that consisted representatives from CRA, COB, ICPAK, KRA, IFMIS and KIPPRA among others.

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Douglas Gicho, the ICT Director of Kiambu, during his afternoon session touched on holistic e-Governance and public-private partnerships on revenue collection and mobilization.

CRA Director, Sheila Yieke shed light on CRA Recommended County Revenue Laws, their implementation and revenue target setting on the third day. Stephen Masha reviewed the mandate of the COB in County Revenue Collection and Resource Mobilization.

On the final day Professor David Sperling, one of the founders of Strathmore University addressed the County Officials on economic growth, sustainable growth and equity. They were very amazed at how knowledgeable he is about kenya and development.

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Banking institutions also had their representatives in the area. They focused on maximum utilization of banking capabilities in revenue collection enhancement and introduction of cashless systems.

In the end each County had a representative who shared how they’ve benefited from the course and how they would use the recently acquired knowledge within their own counties.

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We acknowledge the CountyPro team that made the 4-day course a great success.

Apply: Ideas for Action (I4A)2017 Competition

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Every year, students and young professionals from around the world participate to design ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Winners of the competition will present their ideas during the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, receive support from a dedicated startup accelerator at the Wharton School, and benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in international development, academia, and the private sector.

Your Proposal 

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Title and team name
  • Short abstract
  • Explanation of the problem and context: Briefly describe the problem that your proposal is addressing.
  • Your solution: Succinctly describe your idea (including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation)
  • Expected impact: Why is it relevant?
  • Are there similar examples? If so, where and how?
  • Challenges: What are challenges you might face and how can they be addressed?

 Timeline 

  • Deadline for full proposal submissions: February 28, 2017
  • Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: March 21, 2017
  • Deadline for final submissions: April 17, 2017
  • Announcement of winners: May 31, 2017

Registration and Submission

Eligibility: Students and young professionals between the ages of 14-18 years and 18-35 years from around the world are invited participate.

Team Registration: Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities etc. Please register your teams prior to submitting your proposal. You will then receive all relevant updates regarding the competition and our upcoming events.

Submission: Proposals must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format

Ready for this??apply here

An IoT Event Hosted by @iLabAfrica in conjunction with the University of Edinburg and Pycom.

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Come spend the afternoon of Friday, 2nd December,2016 learning how to use the latest in IoT technology from Pycom. In this workshop, we will give an overview of the Pycom boards, talk about the magic in the socket layers and give examples of how to use the LoPy, programming it with MicroPython.

In addition, we’ll look at how to connect sensors to the LoPy, program it to act as a nano-gateway and work on examples of extended WiFi range. All of this to effectively help drive data from the field to your middleware platform and ultimately front end applications where visualisation and decision making can take place.

About IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a cluster of technologies spanning hardware devices, networking, data collection and data applications. It allows any ‘thing’ to be connected to the internet. This means that we give things a name, a job to do, and a voice. A name is some kind of unique identifier; a job will typically involve some kind of sensing of — or acting upon — the environment; a voice is a means of communicating. As an example, we could add a heat sensor to a chair so that it can report whether someone is sitting on it. If all the chairs in a given room were able to communicate this information, we could get a real-time picture of how full the room was.

To be part of the event, Register here.

The Data Analytics Training Workshop

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@iLabAfrica Research Centre and DataScience Ltd conducted a Data Analytics training on 11th to 12th August, 2016 at Strathmore University. The training attracted interest from a myriad of domains within both business and public sectors and in total featured 31 participants.

Participants were taken through 8 areas in total covered in 5 sessions within the 2 days.  The areas included:

  1. Introduction to the concept of data and the legal framework around data use and sharing complete with case studies of data use in business and public policy to provide insight that inform decisions for better planning
  2. Best practices in data research, various data sources and how to manage data for better analytics
  3. Data Exploration explaining the transition from MS Excel To R
  4. Introduction to Data Visualization and Information Design
  5. Data Visualization using Microsoft’s Power BI
  6. Data Visualization using Datascience’s ChartsData Visualization using Qlik, a modern Data Analytical Tool

The last session was a talk by Mr. Guruprem and Ms. Ivy from Virtual Works Africa who gave a presentation on data analytics use cases in various sectors both in Kenya and globally using Qlik Data Analytics Tools.

The closing and certificate award ceremony was officiated by Dr. Joseph  Sevilla, the Director of @iLabAfrica Research Centre.

For more details about the Data Analytics Training and the next training dates, please click here.

Master of Science in Information System Security Students Attend Summer School in Czech Republic

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photo4Strathmore University Master of Science in Information System Security pioneer students recently attended the first Summer School Program of the course in Czech Republic.This summer school is organized under the frame of bilateral cooperation between Brno University of Technology and @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University expressed by an MoU signed between the two Universities.

The orientation of the summer school is practical. Students got to configure network devices and applications, monitor traffic and provide security analysis of captured data using given tools in special Information Security labs.

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“I believe that all masters programs should be structured this way so that every student can practice what is taught theoretically in class as we work to have specialized labs as well in the future.” One of the students commented.

@iLabAfrica research center is involved in interdisciplinary research, master academic programs, collaboration with government, industry and other funding agencies. We ensure our masters students have hands on and industry experience. Read here to learn more  about our Master of Science in Information System Security program and enroll in our next intake.

Social Media Week(SMWi): The Event That Was..

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The theme of the SMWiNairobi event was harnessing the power of Technology & Social Media to transform business, culture and lives. It was definitely addressed and emphasised as various individuals inspired their audience in the Master Classes, Workshops and/or Youth Forums that they were presenting in with wise words and practical examples which can be applied by anyone anytime. 2D Game Content Development, Digital Content Development, Emerging Digital Marketing Tools, How to Grow your Brand Online, Digital Storytelling were all addressed on the first day. The youth forum was done by Jane Mukami (@fitkenyangirl) about how she capitalized on her social media following to make her business a success.

The SMWiNairobi attendees in @iLabAfrica were in for a treat on Wednesday. A Master Class session in the morning was a presentation from Hill + Knowlton about the importance of engaging with the audience in social media rather than just communicating with them. The speaker emphasised also gave real-life relevant case studies of companies such as Coca Cola who have embraced digital storytelling as part of their social media strategies. Other sessions for the day were: a Digital Marketing class by Livity Africa, a presentation on Maximizing the potential of Social Media for SMEs by the Hootsuite Ambassador for EMEA, Kenya, and an afternoon Master Class by Cellulant and Shift Culture.

The CEO of Cellulant shared his vision for his company and the belief he had for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Meltwater, South Africa wrapped up the day with their presentation on how companies like them can help you master the art of implementing a digital strategy by using media intelligence to inform strategy, connect with your audience and measure success. As you might guess there was a lot of networking and engagement.

The following day also had its share of informative and inspiring presentations as well. An eye-opening presentation on IoT (Internet of Things) by one of our own IoT experts, Peter Nyambura, gave the audience a glimpse of what to expect from digital transformation. Aga Khan University, Sochin Ltd and Nendo teamed up to give an exciting presentation dubbed ‘Siasa & Social Media – Where the Internet, Influence and Information Collide.’ They dug deep into the research they had conducted on Politics and how it is influenced by social media. Kangai Mwiti – famous for her Makeup tips, Tricks and Tutorials on Youtube – in her presentation emphasised on the urgency of using Video in social media marketing as it has a more impactful and emotional effect to the viewer. She also touched on personal branding, discipline and consistency when leveraging on social media platforms to drive your business. Optiven CEO, George Wachiuri was also present, and motivated his audience on embracing entrepreneurship in this digital age.

On the final day we were graced with Bright Gameli, a renowned Cyber Security expert. He wowed his audience with his cool skills and emphasised the importance of being secure and safe when online. Cellulant CEO was also present in another session where he challenged his audience to be innovative and come up with the next ideas that will not only shake up Kenya, but the Africa Region as well. Following his inspiring presentation was one by Centonomy on personal financial management. Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) helped the audience understand Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and Utility Models.

Statistics show that Kenyans are very active on social media platforms: 5.6+ million on Facebook, 3+ million on Youtube, 2.2 million on Twitter, 1.4 million on LinkedIn, 780K on Instagram – and this is just via mobile phone. These numbers can only increase hence the importance of being strategic in order to maximize the potential of social media in transforming businesses, cultures and lives. The SMWiNairobi definitely lived up to the hype!