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Top 10 list of most destructive technologies in Kenya in the last 5 years

The technology scene in Kenya has grown rapidly over the 1st half of the decade.  Behind this steady growth lies the emergence of tech hubs, government support and of course the emergence of different technologies. The emergence of tech hubs and labs and institutions like mlab East Africa, iHub, Nailab, Emobilis, Growth Hub amongst many others have proved to be great initiatives in terms of accelerating growth in the ICT sector. They do this through accelerator programs, Ideation programs, Hackathons, Incubation , Entrepreneurial/ Business coaching, meetups amongst others. The education sector has also followed suite whereby  institutions like Strathmore University,…

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Mobile Impact Ventures Program Demo Day

On 9th December 2014, m:lab East Africa hosted a Demo Day to celebrate the journey of four high impact ventures from our accelerator program called Mobile Impact Ventures Program. The event dubbed “Demo Day”  saw the four impact ventures namely; Afya Mobi Solution, Mbegu Capital, SokoNect and Tumakaro showcase their product and solution to investors, key leaders in the industry, possible growth partners and potential customers. The Mobile Impact Ventures Program (“MIVP”), is m:lab East Africa’s accelerator program for ventures with innovative solutions in agriculture, health & water and education. The program is backed by the Rockefeller and Tony Elumelu…

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Eneza Education 2014 Impact Study

Only 32% of Kenyan students enroll in high school. Most fail their high school exit exams or are ill equipped to finish primary school. This is due to different reasons such as a high student to teacher ratio (often 50:1), lack of individualized attention, and lack of accessible, quality study materials. Eneza Education provides a solution for students to actively engage in affordable, interactive study content and a solution for teachers and parents to monitor students’ progress and receive tailored tips. They are creating a network through devices that families and schools already use Eneza Education’s goal is to make…

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{RECAP} Monetizing your apps and business with Bitcoin and BitPesa

On the 27th of November, Charlene Chen & John Karanja from BitPesa were the guests of the final TechTrend  edition of 2014 at the m-Lab East Africa. They talked to developers on how they can leverage on their apps & services using Bitcoin.” It is simple to get started, and our team can help get you set-up” they said. How it works: Bitcoin, the world’s first global digital currency, provides an unprecedented opportunity for individuals, businesses, and companies to accept payment from anywhere and anyone in the world at a substantially lower cost. Major travel companies like Overstock.com and Expedia.com accept Bitcoin and have reduced their costs and increased their…

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SleepOut Graduates out of The Incubation Program

Founded in 2011, SleepOut makes it easy for you to make booking of accommodation online. They provide a secure accommodation marketplace connecting travellers looking for a cool place to stay, with hosts and their empty beds. Its primary markets are the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. SleepOut will also continue to expand aggressively within Southern Africa, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi, and the Indian Ocean islands. In August 2013, SleepOut joined m:lab East Africa’s incubation program after winning PIVOT East 2013 in the Enterprise category. The incubation space offered a quiet and dedicated space…

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TechTrend: Monetizing your apps and business with Bitcoin and BitPesa

In this Thursday’s edition of TechTrend, BitPesa, a FinTech company offering international money transfers to Kenya through the use of the digital crypto currencies and Bitcoin Protocol, would like to demonstrate to Kenyan developers, startups and online businesses how they can easily, cheaply and quickly monetize their applications by accepting Bitcoin.   Indeed Kenyan developers have had a difficult time monetizing their applications, games, and web content mainly because there has been no way for them to accept payment without incurring huge set up costs. For example, developers monetizing applications by accepting airtime as payment only get about 20% of the…

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Get trained to develop mobile games

Reloop Interactive, a Game Development Studio that makes mobile, web and Console Games, in partnership with m:lab East Africa, will conduct a mobile game development training with Unity 3D. The training will run from the 12th of January, 2015 till the 6th of February 2015. The training will be conducted at the m:lab training room and will be a full day training running from 9am till 3pm every weekday. This short course provides the game development enthusiasts with the requisite skills necessary to develop the high quality mobile games and understand the fundamentals of Game Development. It will cover game design,…

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Chamasoft Revolutionizing Chama Management

Chamasoft is an investment group management software that aims at streamline the operations of chamas. The software enables Chamas to overcome challenges they face such as lack of transparency, poor communication and the lack of a simple system where members can check their balances and receive automated reminders on group activities. A  chama is an informal cooperative society that is normally used to pool and invest savings by people especially in Kenya. Originally, chamas tended to be exclusively women groups, but as chamas started to grow in sophistication and success, men started participating in chamas as well. In Kenya alone,…

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Wireless Wednesday – Barriers to Adoption of Mobile Technology in Education

As technology has become more powerful and pervasive, it has provided educators with a valuable tool to support learning. Mobile technology, which has advanced considerably over the last decade, has enabled learning to be more accessible. This accessibility has provided educators with a way to support learning inside and outside the classroom. Mobile technology integrates a wide set of tools and applications that enable learning to be dynamic so that students are no longer tied to their desks to experience and interact with learning objects. However there are some barriers hindering the full adoption of mobile technology in learning. m:lab…

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The Role of mAgric Solutions in Improving Agricultural Productivity (Wireless Wednesday Recap)

Agriculture is the major contributor of the Kenyan economy. It is the leading economic sector, accounting for  approximately 51 percent of Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) both directly and indirectly. The sector also employs more than 75 percent of the workforce. Growth of the national economy is therefore highly correlated to growth and development in agriculture. Now that agriculture is a major contributor of the Kenyan economy, it’s important to understand some of the factors that cause agricultural productivity to decrease and how innovation can help increase agricultural productivity. Factors that cause agricultural productivity to decrease Weather:The changing and unpredictable…

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