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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.

@iBizAfrica partners with Wadhwani Foundation to build startup ecosystem in Strathmore University

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Strathmore University through @iBizAfrica has partnered with Wadhwani Foundation to build a vibrant startup ecosystem in Strathmore University. Wadhwani Foundation is the brain child of Romesh Wadhwani, American billionaire of Indian decent who made his wealth through an empire of data, technology, healthcare and analytics companies.

Through this partnership, @iBizAfrica will run the most upto date curriculum and practicum that merges theory with practice. The curriculum has been developed to enable any student in campus regardless of the course of study move from self-discovery and ideation to launching and growing a startup in campus. Students taking part in the program will also join groups and form an e-cell, a student-lead club focusing on the practical aspects of entrepreneurship.

The program is free for all Strathmore students to signup and start on a path to becoming an entrepreneur in Strathmore University. The program is expected to enhance Strathmore University’s student experience and at the same time become a launch pad for student-lead companies in the University.

The program will run every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at @iLabAfrica (Kifaru Room). Interested students can find out more on how to benefit from this initiative by contacting @iBizAfrica via mail on ibizafrica@strathmore.edu or get in touch with Esther on esaya@strathmore.edu

Read more about Rornesh Wadhwani and Wadhwani Foundation here

Launch of Master the Mainframe Contest

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IBM is launching Master the Mainframe contest to universities between April 1st and May 29th 2015.

Master the Mainframe is an exciting opportunity for students to gain real-world experience using enterprise computing skills. Hosted at high schools, colleges and universities all over the world, this unique mainframe computing contest is designed to equip students with mainframe
knowledge, and challenge their skills in a hands-on coding experience.

To compete in the Master the Mainframe contest, no experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit, and they will be ready to compete.

                                                                Prizes
IBM is offering a number of prizes to students at the different stages of the contest:
– Backpacks
– Bluetooth headsets, speakers and
– Smart phones
– All paid expense trips to IBM MEA HQ in Dubai and IBM USA
– Career edge and visibility to IBM mainframe clients across key industries                      

Important Details   

  • Students can register on this link
  • For more inquireis please send an email here
  • Please find here few slides explaining the contest:

                                               Remember to share this information with your friends

The Waterloo-Strathmore Challenge- 1st inaugural Mobile Technology Challenge

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Strathmore University, Kenya and the University of Waterloo, Canada have partnered to bring you the 2014 Mobile Technology Student competition. The theme for this 1st inaugural competition is:

To address agricultural issues in sub-Saharan Africa using mobile and social networking technologies

Here are a list of topics you can focus on but your ideas are NOT  limited to:-

  • Water
  • Food safety
  • Food traceability
  • Food supply sustainability
  • Agriculture waste management
  • Value of social networks in improving any of all aspects of the agriculture value chain
  • Technology as an enabler for food tracking

Teams are encouraged to think broadly on the above or related topics.

   Prizes 

1st Prize: The winning team will win a fully paid trip to Waterloo, Ontario Canada to give the winning team the opportunity of observing the Waterloo eco-system of venture creation and to meet individuals and groups that can further assist in developing their idea (subject to visa issuance) A complete agenda of this visit will be made available in February 2015.

2nd Prize: One team will be offered a chance to participate in the highly competitive Enterprise Development Program offered by the Strathmore Enterprise Development Centre. This training package is worth Kshs 480,000. Team members will have the chance of meeting seasoned entrepreneurs and trainers which will enable the team to practically implement their business model and grow their enterprise.

Other Prizes: Five teams will have a chance to work at the @iLabAfrica incubator at Strathmore University from February 5, 2015 – April 3, 2015. 

Who can participate?

1. We are inviting teams of Kenyans to bring their technical skills and innovative thinking to solve a real-world problem.
2. The competition is open to teams of maximum four students from Kenyan Universities to submit their registration form and brief description of the agricultural problem they believe can be alleviated by a mobile-based solution.

What you need to know:-

1. Teams will be informed if they have been accepted into the competition challenge by January 13th , 2015.
2.Challenge officially begins on January 15, 2015 with the first of three rounds of video pitches administered by University of Waterloo’s Virtual Incubation Program.

Learn more about this exciting competition by clicking here. Share this information far and wide with your friends and those in your networks.

All the best!!

@iLabAfrica, SBS and Strathmore Faculty trained for Digital Marketing in Ireland

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The final stage in preparing iLabAfrica to become the first Google certified digital advertising Academy in Africa, was finalised at Google’s HQ for Europe, Middle East and Africa in Dublin Ireland.

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Strathmore Team in Dublin, Ireland

The team of 11 from Faculty of IT, School of Management and Commerce, Strathmore Business School and iLabAfrica were trained by dedicated and passionate experts from Google on AdWords and Google Analytics between 5th and 11th Dec. 2013. Adwords and Analytics are Google technologies for digital marketing and web tracking.

The five days training was conducted across four Google offices in Dublin. The training entailed hands-on Advanced Awords, Analytics, Conversion Tracking, YouTube and Google +.

The collaboration between Google and Strathmore University is expected to bare fruits when the first class for Digital Advertising kicks off early next quarter. The program will build capacity for qualified digital advertising personnel in Kenya by training students, professionals and corporate organizations in digital advertising.

Imagine Cup 2014 Competition

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The 2014 edition of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 has kicked off. Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and gives them a chance to create inspiring projects – no matter where they’re from.

Competitions

This season Microsoft have three primary competitions: Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship.

World Citizenship: This category is most similar to past Imagine Cup contests which emphasized solving global problems in areas such as health, the environment, and human rights. Projects in this category are primarily judged based on the problem they’re addressing and the likely impact the project will have. This category tells the Imagine Cup social-good story.

Innovation: This category is not based on global problems at all. Instead Microsoft are looking for projects with a strong consumer appeal and a gee-whiz quality that will surprise and delight a broad audience. Projects in this category are primarily judged based on the creative innovation they offer. Projects in the Innovation category that attempt to address global problems do not receive any points for doing so; those projects really belong in World Citizenship and will probably not be competitive in Innovation. The Innovation category tells the Imagine Cup cutting-edge tech story.

Games: The global videogame market is now estimated at $66 billion dollars, and the number of schools with game programs or degrees has increased rapidly. The Games competition was the most popular Imagine Cup contest last year according to both student registrations and number of projects submitted to our Online Finals. Students are highly motivated to make games and with your help and support, they will do so on Microsoft platforms.

Global Online Challenges

Every year Imagine Cup offers a variety of global online challenges.

This year’s three challenges are designed to teach students about the software development lifecycle and get them started early on their projects for our three main competitions. Each challenge includes Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship categories and the top team in each category will win $3,000.

These challenges are completely optional for students. A team can do one, skip one, do them all, or skip them all, whatever. The challenges have no impact on the three core competitions. However, we expect that teams who participate in the challenges will end up with stronger projects for their chosen competition than teams who skip the challenges.

Pitch Video Challenge: Student teams create a five-minute video explaining their project.

Launch: September 13, 2013 – End: October 25, 2013

Project Blueprint Challenge: Student teams create a ten-page document presenting their project in detail.

Launch: October 29, 2013 – End: December 17, 2013

User Experience Challenge: Student teams create a set of user flows, wireframes, and a visual target for how their project will look, feel, and flow.

Launch: January 3, 2014 – End: February 21, 2014

Best of luck to Strathmore University entries.

Full terms and conditions, and competition details are available at http://www.imaginecup.com

For more details and information check out Microsoft Strathmore at http://fb.com/microsoftstrathmore and/or http://twitter.com/MicrosoftStrath

Author: Antony Wainaina