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Eneza Education Hits over 350,000 Unique Users

“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world” These are the wise words of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela. It’s every parent’s wish to see their children excel in their education but not all parents can afford to take their kids to the best schools or even pay for tuition for their kids. Eneza Education is giving a chance to kids who cannot afford to go to the best schools or extra fee for tuition an opportunity to reach high and broaden their knowledge base. The startup is making a serious dent in the education sector. In…

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Syngenta Design Challenge Announcement

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in 90 countries dedicated to the purpose of bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta teamed up with Microsoft in 2014 to create a better way to train farmers in rural Kenya. They have a prototype being piloted but are looking for talented designers to make the interface simpler and more fun for farmers. They are looking for designs catered to farmer’s needs that are engaging and easy to use. Here is a list of the key activities and dates: Activity              …

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Totohealth: Transforming Maternal Healthcare in Kenya!

“It is estimated that 7,700 women die each year in Kenya from pregnancy related complications. This translates to 21 women dying each day or one woman every hour from preventable causes, making the need to address safe motherhood a human rights imperative” This is according to the Centre for Global health and diplomacy. Totohealth is addressing the above problem by  providing  an affordable and innovative mobile technology solution to address the high maternal and newborn mortality rates in Kenya. Totohealth aims to help parents receive targeted and action oriented SMS messages with dates for important vaccination dates, signs and milestones…

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Mobile Testing Statistics 2014

m:lab East Africa’s testing facility as of December 2014  hosted over one hundred and forty mobile devices on these platforms : Bada, Android, iOS, Blackberry,Symbian, Windows and Windows Phone 8. It continues to provide a wide range of devices for developers to test their applications on. Over the last year, the most notable characteristic has been the drastic increase in testing activity on the Smartphone platforms… Here are the key points that stand out from 2014 stats: |Create infographics

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Get trained to be a Windows developer

Last year, m:lab East Africa conducted a training sponsored by Microsoft 4Afrika on universal apps (Windows Phone and Windows 8) and Windows Azure development, which run for six weeks at the m:lab East Africa training facility. This year, from 9th Feb – 20th March 2015, we will be conducting another Windows training at the m:lab training facility. The training will be offered on a half-day basis, running from 2pm to 6pm weekdays, to favour individuals with busy daytime schedules. The training is aimed at providing participants with knowledge on the key features and tools of the Windows platform, covering such areas as…

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Top 10 list of most disruptive 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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