The Strathmore University Students MADD Event with Barclays Kenya

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Barclays Make A Difference Day (MADD) is a citizenship initiative of Barclays geared towards promoting shared growth, with a keen focus on empowering the youth through the ReadyToWork program. The annual event was graced with the presence of 21 employees of Barclays Kenya, including the Marketing Director, Caroline Ndungu and Head of Citizenship, Regina Mwangi, as well as the Guest Speaker, Dr. Wale Akinyemi.

madd2After a wonderful welcome note from the Head of Citizenship, Regina Mwangi and @iLabAfrica Deputy Director, Dr. Emmanuel Kweyu, the audience was addressed by the Marketing Director, Caroline Ndungu who challenged the students to take control of their destiny and seize the moment to change their lives through the opportunities that come their way. She showed them how Barclays is committed to bringing a meaningful impact to communities, and the importance of students getting ReadyToWork, a program that provides young people with knowledge and skills they need in order to find employment or secure self-employment.


Next up was Dr. Wale, a well known inspirational speaker and business consultant, who captivated his audience with his abundant wisdom, genuine personality and great sense of humor. He emphasised the students to work on building their capacity, protecting their personal brand, leaving a legacy and integrity among others. His generosity was also seen when he reduced the price of the books he’s authored by half.

The second part of the event was the Breakout Sessions in which the audience was divided into various groups, each group having discussions on the four pillars of the ReadyToWork program: Work Skills, Money Skills, Entrepreneurial Skills and People Skills.


Not only did the students get to learn and understand these four core skills and how the program might suit their career, but also get to interact, engage and network with the Barclays employees. Through this program young people are empowered with the training and development they need to enhance their employment and self-employment prospects.

@iLabAfrica partnered with Barclays Bank of Kenya to offer the ReadyToWork program which is aimed at equipping the youth with employability skills. The partnership was established in July of 2016. The Digital Learning team of @iLabAfrica will facilitate both online and in-class training of the program, with the aim of reaching all Strathmore University undergraduate students. Enrolled students are expected to complete the curriculum in a period of one week, and during that period students will get the opportunity to gain knowledge on the four pillars of the programme.

Students can access the ReadyToWork program here.


Apply for The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

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The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 is an open competition for students all around the world.  This year the competition is all about the future of cities. Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and by 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to reside in urban areas. Ensuring that our cities are creative, connected and sustainable is a major challenge but also an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people along with the health and future of the planet itself. That is why we are looking for students that have the next big idea to create a better future city life.


The cash prizes are just one aspect of winning the Ericsson Innovation Awards this year: there are important career-enhancing incentives on offer too

  • First prize: EUR 25,000
  • Second prize: EUR 15,000
  • Third prize: EUR 1,000
  • Fourth prize: EUR 1,000
  • All finalists and semi-finalists will be given the opportunity to be interviewed for a possible internship or position at Ericsson

Dates to remember

  • September 18- November 30: Phase 1 – Registration and submission. Register your team
  • November 30-December 17: Open voting and Ericsson jury evaluation
  • December 18: Semi-finalists announcement. 10 teams announced that make it into semi-finals
  • December 19-February 11: Phase 2 – Development of a Minimum Viable Product, etc. Working with Ericsson experts to develop your idea.
  • February 19: Finalist announcement. 4 teams announced that have made it into the grand final
  • Date TBD: Award ceremony / final event in Stockholm, Sweden

Are you READY?? Register your team here. Get to learn more about this challenge Beta Testing at iLabAfrica

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@iLabAfrica is working with, an information-mapping platform that aggregates, filters, and connects content through location and subject. Through this collaboration, Strathmore University students are participating in a beta test for More than 60 students have already tested the application at Strathmore University. The testing was coordinated by Andy Sternberg and Elizabeth Gibbs, both from


In line with promoting the new platform in Kenya, two students from Strathmore University have been appointed as Navvi ambassadors. These are Robert from the Strathmore University Law School and Antony Wainaina a Telecommunications Student from the faculty of IT. allows users to map, post, and share and read news that matters. It combines mapping technology with a blogging and social networking-feel to give users a unique experience in discovering topics, trends and news that matters to them in real-time. It works as a crowd sourced citizen reporting platform with a special interest in water, food, infrastructure, energy and ideology.

The platform will be launched in the first quarter of 2014 in Kenya. Kenya was chosen due to its strategic position as an emerging leader in ICT in Africa. is also being tested in the USA and India. The beta test users will help improve and develop new features for the platform whose aim is to provide accurate and relevant information to various groups of users in real-time. is a product of BrightBox Global Inc and was founded by Natalie Spencer.

Click here to view pictures of Beta Testing at Strathmore University.