The Africa Innovation Challenge


“As part of its longstanding commitment to Africa, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced the launch of the Africa Innovation Challenge, an initiative to support Africa’s vibrant and growing innovation ecosystem and to help develop important and locally sustainable consumer health solutions.  The challenge is the latest initiative in the company’s comprehensive approach to advancing health and innovation worldwide. The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies’ presence in Africa dates back more than 80 years and includes business operations, public health programs and corporate citizenship.”

Johnson and Johnson

Throughout Africa, we are looking to drive entrepreneurship and help advance promising consumer health-care solutions. Chosen applicants will receive a combination of awards including funding up to US $100,000, potential lab space in Africa and/or business and technical mentoring from some of the brightest minds at Johnson & Johnson to help bring their idea to life and create meaningful change in their community or country.

More about the application process

The submitted consumer health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Idea submission addresses at least one of the three challenge categories:
    1) Promoting Early Child Development & Maternal Health in Africa,
    2) Empowering Young Girls in Africa,
    3) Improving Family Well-being in Africa
  • Idea submission is innovative and creative
  • Idea submission is scalable
  • Idea submission outlines how the award would help them reach a critical milestone within the time frame of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan

You have to sign up for an account to get started, and you will receive an email to activate your account. You will be guided through the application process which will include signing our general Terms and Conditions Agreement, filling out your application form and uploading your non-confidential project plan.

Deadline to apply is January 17th, 2017
Winners will be announced by the end of February 2017

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12 Hours Left For E. Africa Amplify Challenge


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If you are a fan of design and all the innovations taking place in the global design world then you are in for a surprise. For the past few days openideo has been organizing a Youth Empowerment challenge for all the interested parties to apply for the challenge.

The challenge has so far received tremendous applications which can viewed on the openideo dashboard. There are 455 ideas submitted so far and counting. There are also a few research contributions on how the Youth can be empowered. The 269 contributions can assist you as an entrepreneur in knowing exactly what the East African Youth value the most.

By giving feedback on the submitted ideas, you can ensure that the $500,000 prize goes to the right idea… or not.

Enjoy

Merger Updates


In the past 6 months, A few banks changed ownership and a few other things. Here is a break down.kenya-chinese-trade

Stanbic: Eight years after the merger between Stanbic and CFC banks, which created CFC Stanbic, Stanbic has rebranded and removed the “CFC” name completely from the bank. The 2008 merger created the number 4 bank in Kenya, and today it is about number 7 in assets with 25 branches and listed on the Nairobi shares exchange. The Stanbic brand will now be common in the 20 countries across Africa.

Bank M (of Tanzania) published a statement, denying they are the majority owners of the former Oriental Commercial Bank in Kenya – now known as M Oriental since June 2016. It states that MHL is a Kenyan entity that is promoted by some shareholders of Bank M, but that it does not have direct ownership.

QNB: Qatar National Bank continues to run quarterly newspaper ads on it’s size in Kenya without being linked to any Kenyan bank. Today’s newspaper which touts them as the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa region, with September 2016 assets of $196 billion (up 37%) and profits of $2.7 billion (up 11%).

Courtesy: Bankelele

Trump breaks Facebook and twitter record in first debate


The first televised showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was the most-tweeted presidential debate ever, according to Twitter.

The social network provided the receipts, as millions of tweets were sent out during as the two candidates duked it out during the 90-minute debate.

Trump was the most talked about candidate on both Facebook (79% of the conversation) and Twitter (62% of the conversation)—not that all of that chatter was positive.

The Republican also had the top moment on social media: when he exclaimed that his best quality was his “temperament.” That remark, and Clinton’s response, was the most talked about moments on both social networks.

Other top moments include Trump’s comments on New York City’s now defunct stop-and-frisk policy and an exchange with Clinton on a plan for defeating ISIS.

(c) Daniel white – Time

 

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Introducing Akua Naru – Nag Champa GOLD //”Live & Aflame Sessions


Born Latanya Hinton and raised in New Haven (USA), Akua Naru’s journey to internationally acclaimed hip hop artist has led her from the city’s Newhallville section to Cologne, Germany where she currently resides and creates music. Along this female wordsmith’s journey, there have been many stops – Philadelphia, China, and Ghana, among others – all of which informed the wisdom and perspective which is evident in her music. The next step on this journey takes here to sub-Saharan Africa where she will perform in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ruanda, Uganda and Kenya.


The Goethe-Institut Kenya and The Alchemist are proud to present this unique Hip Hop artist. Check out her exemplary live skills here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9tgfx68rac

After the concert, Blinky Bill will keep the show going with a DJ set.Courtesy twitter.com/nevillekgb

 

Admission: KSh 500

INTERESTED IN ORACLE TRAINING


Certified Oracle training

Certified Oracle training

C4DLab has put a deadline for submitting payments for its first ever database administration training coming up in October.

The announcement comes as classes are set to begin officially on October 3 this year.

“For efficient planning purposes, all payments should have been made by mid September,” reads a Facebook post in part.

To be offered in both part time and full time sessions, candidates for Oracle Certified Associate as well as Oracle Certified Professional courses are looking to spend a minimum of 20 hours and Sh17,000 per package.

“This Training will enable you to attain the following skills: understand SQL features which will help you query and manipulate data within the database, use the dictionary views to retrieve metadata and create reports about their schema objects; manage Oracle database storage structures; monitor the database; manage database performance as well as install Oracle Database 12c software ,” reads part of the course registration page (c4dlab.ac.ke/oracle-database-administration-training/).

However, notes the site, the applicants for Oracle Certified Associate should either be students pursuing a Diploma/ Degree in an IT related course, or be a graduate with a Diploma/ Degree in an IT related course.

“The applicants for the Oracle Certified Professional should have passed the examinations for Oracle Certified Associate,” adds the site.

To be offered at the C4DLab facility in the College of Biological and Physical Sciences(Chiromo), the packages for Oracle Certified Associate include Oracle Database 12c Introduction to Sql to be completed in 40 hours and is to cost Sh25,000.

On the other hand, for Oracle Certified Professional, a package such as Oracle Database 12c Backup and Recovery is to be completed in 40 hours, costing Sh25,000.

Oracle Database 12c Administration Workshop, belonging to Oracle Certified Associate course as well as Oracle Database 12c Installation and Upgrade Workshop, take 40 and 20 hours respectively to finish, and are to cost Sh25, 000 and Sh17,000 respectively.

The last, Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Architecture belonging to Oracle Certified Professional course is to take 40 hours, costing Sh17,000.

“The mode of study for part time: 3 hours in the evening for 5 days a week translating to 2.5 Months per Module. For full time, it is 6 hours a day from 9.00am-4.00pm for 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), translating to 2.5 months per Module,” continues the page on the website(c4dlab.ac.ke/oracle-database-administration-training/).

Meanwhile, interested persons can register from the same page (c4dlab.ac.ke/oracle-database-administration-training/)

 

courtesy Moses Omusolo

Bikeshare Programs Confessions From Kenya


Dani Simons, Director of Marketing and External Affairs with NYC Bike Share explains the process of using the bicycles, in this case returning a bike,  at a dock and lock station at the Brooklyn Navy Yards Sunday, May 12, 2013 in New York. The expanding bike share system allows those who join to ride bicycles and return them from the same or different docks in parts of New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Dani Simons, Director of Marketing and External Affairs with NYC Bike Share explains the process of using the bicycles, in this case returning a bike, at a dock and lock station at the Brooklyn Navy Yards . The expanding bike share system allows those who join to ride bicycles and return them from the same or different docks in parts of New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The call for bike enthusiast and stakeholders to participate in a Bicycle sharing business brainstorming by the Nairobi Innovation week has made me excited and hyped up for the discussion and subsequent presentations. In 2014, we sat down as colleagues enjoying trying out a bunch of stuff, with the goal of starting an activity that would keep us busy and at the same time generate an income for us.

We went on a browsing spree looking the coolest ideas in the startup world. It took a few months and finally we hit the jackpot. We got an idea which was pretty easy to start and ultimately easy to manage. What we thought.

Armed with our low risk venture, hoping to get high in returns. BikeshareKE was the name. We had managed to save some crowdfunding capital that we got from our online campaign in partnership with M-Changa and 1% club. So capital wasn’t the problem what so ever.

After acquiring 3 bicycles and starting the “money making making venture”.  we started out on a roll. We even had time to come up with those cute infographics that startups are popular with. The reception was amazing. and we were drunk it.

there are many reasons for startup failure. It might not be my job to lie to you that I know all of them. That’s why Google is still King in this web mess of banking on someone’s information. Maybe its because they turn the mess into mess-age. Back to my contemplations. For starters, we forgot the classic reason why bikes go missing, that’s because they get easily stolen.

Going through the positive feedback that we had with our loyal customers. We had to be cautious on winding up/closing shop and also to see how we could retain the klout’ that we had gathered over the months. Sometimes failure doesn’t need to have a  gentleman’s excuse. Ask Kenya airways, they can’t explain their losses and they manage fleets of aero-mobiles.

Still, we are hopeful that the innovation week( https://twitter.com/InnovWkNairobi) will help those interested in Bikeshare programs to be able to compete in teams for the winning idea. The winning idea will then go through training and mentor-ship at the ( https://twitter.com/c4dlab). There might be seed funding from the organizers United Nations, C4dlab and University of Nairobi. Opportunities are still coming up for innovators in this retro-based cycling exercise.

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UNICEF Topples Barclays Bank in Race to Clinch Title Sponsor Spot for Innovation Week


As preparations for the second Nairobi Innovation Week hit homestretch, the five-day event has strategically attracted up to twelve major sponsorship and partnerships.

At the same time, 400 out of the expected 1500 local and international delegates have confirmed to attend the second edition running from August 1 through 5 this year.

Comprising four Government ministries and eight corporates, clinching the leading sponsor spot this year happens to be the world body for child protection and education, UNICEF.

Standing with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives, and Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology, who are coming in as strategic partners.

Coming hot on the heels are agencies such as Equity Bank and the Embassy of Israel who are both holding the Silver sponsor spot.

Kenya Commercial Bank, I Choose Life, Konza Tecnocity, University of Nairobi Alumni Association and National Bank are boasting as Bronze sponsors.

Other partners in the making include Intel, Oracle, IBM, the Kenya Intellectual Property Institute(KIPI), among others.

Incidentally, hardly has the dust for clamoring among corporates to sponsor the Innovation Week settled than the Organising Committee lines up a new team of tech savvy speakers who are expected to spearhead discussions bordering on championing innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

Leading the pack of over 30 invited speakers at the Innovation Week 2016 is the new Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Mr Joe Mucheru.

Other government leaders to speak include the Communications Authority of Kenya Director General, Engineer Francis Wangusi; Kenya Vision 2030 Director General, Prof Gituro Wainanina; Konza Technopolis Development Authority chief executive, Engineer John Tanui; Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Adan Mohammed, among others.

Representing the private sector, Dr Laila Macharia, Vice Chair of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is expected to moderate a VVIP panel on the third day of the event, which will also be the official opening.

Other great minds slated to play important roles at the rising innovation exhibition event include Equity Bank managing director and chief executive, Dr James Mwangi; Barclays Bank of Kenya managing director, Jeremy Awori; Transilio, Inc. chief technology officer and executive vice president, Dr Evans Baiya, among others.

 

Courtesy Moses M.O. Omusolo

Western Sahara state


On may 25th,

A handfull of Kenyans mainly youths and academia

marked the African Liberation day at the newly renovated Kenya National Theater.  The theme for the 2016 event was African Women and Youth on the Frontline: Revolutionary Pan-africanism is the only Solution. African Liberation Day is usually marked each year around different parts of the continent. It marks Africa’s progress against imperialism and the determination for the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.

Moving on to the plight of the remaining African colony seeking for independence in africa. This being the Western sahara state. Read more about the states facts  state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Sahara

Listening to the presentations being made by the enthusiastic speakers motivating the audience of the possibilities available for the “United states of Africa”. I came to learn of the struggles of this Spanish colonized state in the outskirts of the NW Africa. This got me thinking of what happened to Tibet and if China really gave them independence?

With this dilemma, I lay this Monday to rest.