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PIVOT East Finalist Chura, Shares Their Progress and Lessons Learnt

Launched in December 2013 by a group of friends all alumni of the University of Nairobi,Chura makes it possible for subscribers to swap airtime for money. The startup dubbed Chura (Swahili for frog), is anchored on the idea of being able to leap from one operator to another at will without having to port. Not only can you sell your airtime for cash on Chura.co.ke, but you can also switch your Safaricom airtime for either Airtel or any other service provider and you can also buy airtime with mobile money and if you run a company, buy airtime in bulk….

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Submit your app for the Microsoft Apps Porting Campaign

m:lab East Africa is giving you an opportunity to win one of 6 brand new Windows devices courtesy of Microsoft, for porting your Android apps to Windows. This is all part of a campaign to sensitize developers to develop for and take advantage of the benefits of the Windows platform. If you missed it, you may get more information and register for the campaign here. If you are already part of the campaign and you wish to submit your app, kindly proceed to the form below. For any queries, please contact paul@mlab.co.ke. Loading…

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Can mAgric Solutions Improve Productivity of the Agricultural Workforce – Wireless Wednesday

The agricultural industry is seeing benefits from the growing incorporation of technology into farming. More and more farmers are using mobile technology to improve productivity. Mobile technology is already demonstrating its potential to provide farmers with the services and information they need to grow both their production and standard of living m:lab East Africa will host one of its frequent meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on agriculture on 15th October 2014. The meetup is themed “Can mAgric Solutions Improve Productivity of the Agricultural Workforce”.The event will attract mobile application developers, farmers, government representatives, NGOs, exporters, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the…

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The Cheetah Fund Crowdfunding Bootcamp

The 1%Club and the Dutch National Postcode Lottery is pleased to introduce you to The Cheetah Fund.  What is the Cheetah Fund?  A matching fund of €400,000 that aims to support 100 African pioneers with seed money to kick-start or boost their world-changing projects. If you manage to crowdfund 30% of your target amount in 30 days, The Cheetah Fund will match the rest (70%) Check out the Cheetah Fund website to find out how it works! Bootcamp In a bid to assist entrepreneurs successfully apply for this fund, the 1% Club in conjunction with Nailab, iHub, mLab and iBiz…

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Port Your Android Apps to Windows and Win a Phone

m:lab East Africa is giving you an opportunity to win one of 6 brand new Windows devices courtesy of Microsoft, for porting your Android apps to Windows. This is all part of a campaign to sensitize developers to develop for and take advantage of the benefits of the Windows platform. The campaign will kick off on the 14th October 2014, where m:lab will hold a Microsoft Apps Porting Campaign Prelude- an event where developers and interested participants will get to learn how and why they should port their Android Apps to the Windows platform. Participants will not only get basic…

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Can mHealth solutions improve health service delivery in Kenya?

The application of mobile technologies, ‘Mobile Health’ (mHealth), in the healthcare industry is increasingly seen as a way to provide high quality and easily accessible  healthcare services at lower costs hence improving the health outcomes . In regions where basic access to healthcare is a challenge, mHealth can provide remarkable opportunities. According to GSMA’s report on Mobile Technology’s promise for Healthcare, mHealth can deliver a number of important advantages. These advantages fall into 3 main categories; m:lab East Africa will host one of its frequent meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on mHealth on 1st October 2014. The meetup is themed:  “Can…

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Eneza Education Graduates out of Incubation Program

Founded in January of 2012 as M-Prep, Eneza Education makes it very easy for a child who lives in Marsabit and any other remote area to easily get access to 8-4-4 curriculum and other educational content and necessary tools to break out poverty. Eneza Education has developed a way to increase literacy and improve academic performance by providing more accessible tools. Eneza offers two products. One is Shupavu 91, a USSD/SMS M-Learning application that provides more than 1,000 topical quizzes, a live Ask-a-teacher feature, offline access to Wikipedia, a Dictionary and a BODMAS calculator. The second product is a web-based…

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Statistics on Mobile Apps Testing – Q2 2014

The m:lab East Africa testing facility aims to provide a thorough mobile apps testing experience to mobile apps developers, hence promoting the development of high quality apps. This will ensure that apps not only meet specific requirements for which they are intended, but are also usable and consumable for their targeted user. Over the last quarter, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Nokia and not long after, made an announcement of their plans to end all production and support for the Symbian platform. Consequently, there has been a drastic decline in testing activity on the J2ME devices from the month of May. Have…

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Windows Training: Call for applications

m:lab East Africa will be conducting a training sponsored by Microsoft 4Afrika on universal apps (windows phone and windows 8 ) and Windows Azure development starting October this year. The training will run for six weeks from the 6th October – 14th November 2014 at the m:lab East Africa 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 Microsoft Azure- the cloud…

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How to make the best out of GSM technology

The guest speaker of #TechTrend (August Edition) was Co-Founder & CTO of Eneza Education, Kago Kagichiri at m:lab East Africa,who demonstrated how to make the best out of GSM technology focussing mainly on USSD/SMS technology. TechTrend is a m:lab East Africa initiative that focuses on technology trends in the mobile developer world and mentoring sessions for upcoming mobile developers by incubated startups or established tech companies. Eneza Education (formerly known as MPrep) utilizes SMS technology with the goal of improving student learning. The program seeks to provide quality educational resources to schools in Kenya. USSD applications are accessed by user request and make…

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