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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

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Trends as per now…. Questionable


Wondering how the internet seems great at first then suddenly becomes extremely boring later. When I was growing up i used to cheat at video games just to see how the final level looks like. It was an amazing experience at the time.

I was wondering how guys `talk` about football and its playing live. ladies talk about movies. kids about cartoons and you-let me say i- feel out of place.

So this is just how to get all caught up with what is happening. A cheat sheet from google trends on topics such as

  1. Searches.
  2. People
  3. Athletes
  4. Consumer electronics
  5. Global news
  6. Doodles( those drawings that you see when open Google.com)
  7. Deaths( put in nicer way as `LOSS`)
  8. World cup
  9. Youtube Videos

 

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The Ultimate Forum


A talk at the sci(school of computing and informatics)
A talk at the sci(school of computing and informatics)

Getting inspired as a student to view the course that you are currently doing as a potential career subject is becoming something of the blues. the attitude that most undergraduate students have nowadays is tilted(as i can put it) to the pessimistic side due to the high unemployment rates being experienced in the current. With regard to inspiration or rather motivation, the school of computing and information at Chiromo is collaborating with the Code for development laboratory to inspire youths around their ecosystem.

The “program” or procedure to get to know when to get inspired starts with the simple journey of you following a Facebook page from the school of computing, twitter page or by following the famous tech savvy graduate “prof Nandaa” https://twitter.com/profnandaa.

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Just checked in at @Deveint for weekly #TGIF, let’s see how it goes. @MurayaKamau @crushcafeteria @samsoftK

— Anthony Nandaa (@ProfNandaa) April 10, 2015

The hash-tag is #PowerForum. after following these related social media channels, book your Wednesday afternoon to navigate your way to Chiromo campus for one of their talks.

one of the Lecturer theaters set up.
one of the Lecturer theaters set up.

I managed to attend the last two #PowerForums this year and meet a couple of leaders/Who is who in the tech space in Kenya. I also got to see the bigger picture that these talks aren’t just meant for computer geeks but also guys trying to run enterprises.

There is a bit of a downer though. you might never really get to know who will be giving the talks since you need to get an Eventbrite ticket to get those details. Simply following the action on twitter or Facebook will not do any good.  Taking advantage of the opportunity with the guest speaker is quite easy at this forum though you need to carry your own business card… just in case. Thirdly getting the directions for riverside drive… and the lecturer theater is many a times a nightmare to the attendees unless of-course you are a university of Nairobi alumni.

 

By Neville Mugambi.

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Dr Willy Mutunga at PAWA254 Initiative Launch


Dr Willy Mutunga in the crowd
Dr Willy Mutunga in the crowd

PAWA254, The new hub for artists located in the State house area, Launched their strategic plan in a colorful event yesterday at their famous “ROOF TOP”. Among the invited guests were Dr. Willy Mutunga, Juliani(performed) and Biyavanga Wainaina among others,. There was music and entertainment for the guests as PAWA launched their strategic plan. Boniface Mwangi, A team leader at the hub was there to welcome the guests.

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The place was packed with artists from established to upcoming. When reaching the venue, you would hear music from the gate. As we entered the YMCA alliance building, the first stop we made was at the Mageuzi conference hall. The sets were arranged facing the projector. There, videos on the activities of PAWA and insights on their strategic plan played on a well structured loop.

Roof top at PAWA
Roof top at PAWA

Climbing up the stair cases as we headed to the “ROOFTOP”, Photos on the journey that PAWA has gone through over the years inspired us. Reaching the “ROOFTOP” we found a place to set in the crowd as we got entertained.

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digital public service delivery


humduma2Getting public services like National Id card, Business registration and Filling government returns just got easier. With the rolling out of the countrywide Huduma centers in the major 47 counties these services will be more accessible in the devolved government structure. Challenges like travelling to the Capital city(Nairobi County) from as far as Kisumu or Mombasa to get this services will now be a thing of the past. The programme is expected to solve government efficiency in providing this services thus stimulating the economy.

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Huduma Kenya is a programme by the Government of Kenya which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the General Post Office which was the flagship Huduma centre. Currently the government has opened 14 centers to provide this services. A centre has integrated public and private sector services which has proven to be more effective.

The success rate of this project is yet to be fully established. But for it to be able to know the birthrates and date rates by issuing Birth and Death certificates will go along way in meeting some of the United Nations Millennium development goals and the sustainable development goals through appropriate policies from the data.

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The President has also launched a separate division called the National digital registry service with Mwende Gatabaki as the Director general. This division has come up with Umoja Kenya which is a technology-enabled transformation of management of information assets to enable the Govt to:

  1. Plan
  2. Predict
  3. Prevent
  4. Mitigate

The Umoja Kenya Platform will have a comprehensive database of a Kenyan citizen’s personal details. This will reduce cases of cases of immigrants and ease boarder screening in its first phase. The project is being executed in conjunction with an Israel company and will be launched later this month. As the old economy involved roads, railways, and ports. Specialists like the Prof William Okello Odongo speculate that the new economy of Kenya involves

  • digital economy and
  • universal access

A photo of Mwende Gatabaki and link to here presentation at a public lecture at the University of Nairobi, Chiromo campus this year. http://cbps.uonbi.ac.ke/node/9686

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By Neville Mugambi

 

 

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KENNEDY WARIUA OF IBM KENYA’S VISIT


Kennedy Wariua and a Colleague from IBM
Kennedy Wariua and a Colleague from IBM

KENNEDY WARIUA (IBM Kenyan leader, Ecosystems development) gave a very insightful talk at the University of Nairobi today talking about his life, career and being an entrepreneur. The session was meant for computer science students and the start-ups being incubated at the C4DLab innovation centre. http://www.c4dlab.ac.ke . The call from Kennedy to this audince doesnt come as a surprise since he is very fond of technology and likes working with innovative minds. The session went down at the Code For Development(C4DLab/Phd Lab) at the School of Computing and Informatics.

I’ve always had a passion for entrepreneurship” He started. By 1994,” I had started doing my first Job” he continued.” there were no same opportunities as there are now, “he said. “The difference was the level of exposure to technolog”.

a student at the session
a student at the session

In that year, Kennedy started working at a shop at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport. He was supposed to go to started bachelor of Arts at Kenyatta University at the time but opted to go to employment since he was not into the arts but into tech. With a small monthly salary of 3,000/= Kenya shillings and siblings defendant on him, he had to supplement it. He started buying rice in bulk and selling to his colleagues at the airport at a profit. within a short time the venture was earning him more money than his job. He worked at the shop for 5 years.

By 2000, Kennedy had found a new place at KenCell communications Limited(Currently Airtel Kenya). He joined the telecommunications company when it was testing the market and still new. He worked there for 8years. During this period, he was also doing private studies online. He eventually graduated with a bachelors degree from Kenya Methodist University(K.E.M.U.).

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He later joined Yu Mobile by Essar which was also starting its operations in Kenya at the time. He stilled worked at the technical and IT department as he did at KenCell. He worked there for 3years before joining the IBM team.

IBM has invested billions to transform Africa” he continued. One of the reasons for this investment is to help de-congest the Nairobi city under their vision for a smarter planet. The main point of the talk was to help the students realize that to work better with IBM, they needed to align their goals with those of creating a smarter planet.

Finally, he urged the students to tryout their Global entrepreneur program. He pointed out the success of MODE(mobile decision) a Kenyan start-up that won the 2012 global IBM SmartCamp and through their program and mentorship is now available in 17 countries.

 

 

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By Neville Mugambi

Photos by: @MADEKarubiu