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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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Mobile Impact Ventures Program Participants speak about the program

Mobile Impact Ventures Program is an accelerator program for ventures with innovative solutions in agriculture, health and water and education. The program helps social ventures improve their venture’s business model, technology and customer development through intensive business masters classes, coaching with business experts and mentorship with sector specialists. Asked about their experience in the program, some of the participants had the following to say; Access to sector mentors was very valuable according to ventures involved in the program. Felix Kimaru lead Totohealth, one of the ventures in the program shares how their first customer was an organization lead by one…

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m:lab East Africa and SoftLayer to work together on Mobile Impact Ventures Program

m:lab East Africa has entered into a relationship with SoftLayer an IBM Company, to offer the Catalyst program to startups in m:lab East Africa’s accelerator program “Mobile Impact Ventures Program” and the community at large. SoftLayer is a leading provider of global cloud infrastructure. It’s full-featured API and automation tools let users control a powerful, on-demand platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices The Catalyst startup program provides highly scalable infrastructure, technology guidance and mentoring, business insight, and more to qualifying startups. This agreement with SoftLayer through its program the Catalyst startup programwill see startups in the mobile impact…

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Rapid Experimentation, Catalyst for Innovation & Lean UX/UI Session

On the  27th of August 2014, we will have a training that is one of its kind. The training is aimed at the technical members of the startups teams.  The session will take place at m:lab East Africa from 9:00am to 12:00pm . The sessions will be on Rapid Experimentation, Catalyst for Innovation & Lean UX/UI with Solstice Mobile. Solstice Mobile is one of the leading provider of enterprise innovation and mobility solutions in the US. With the largest dedicated mobile software engineering team in the United States, they have deep expertise across iOS, Android and Windows 8 platforms. Their…

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Opportunities and Challenges of Adoption of mHealth Solutions

Mobile technologies are widely available and can play an important role in healthcare at the regional, community, and individual levels. mHealth opens up new avenues for doctors to make healthcare even more patient-centered, and to overcome difficulties posed by the location or timing of appointments. mHealth can improve patient care, treatment and safety for example through early disease diagnosis, improved patient compliance, and improved disease testing. m:lab East Africa hosted a meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on mHealth to discuss the opportunities and challenges for adoption of mHealth solutions in Kenya. Adoption of mobile health technologies may happen faster if and…

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Mobile Technology Transforming Education Outcomes

In the past few years, teaching and learning has taken on a whole new dimension due to the major impact of technology in education. Educators now have a medium to communicate effectively with one another and share ideas to better their teaching skills. They have a pool of endless resources they can utilize to offer students the assistance they need to develop their ability and advance. Despite all this, there are still some barriers that we need to overcome like the cultural resistance from some teachers who are still skeptical about embracing technology in the classroom. They are comfortable with…

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How to Use Mobile Phones to encourage information sharing within the agricultural value chains

Smallholder farmers form majority of the farming capital in Africa, yet more often than not they are left out of the value chain’s growth.  Mobile is a powerful tool in Africa. In fact, according to a report by GSMA, Mobile penetration across the region was 54% in 2012 and  contributed over six per cent of the region’s GDP. Most farmers have access to a mobile phone, can they leverage mobile technology in strengthening agricultural value chains and in enabling them to become agriprenuers and more actively engaged in market-led agriculture? Can mobile innovations help in impacting the agricultural value chains?…

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Call for Applications: Mobile Impact Ventures Program

The Mobile Impact Ventures Program (“MIVP”), Mlab East Africa’s accelerator program for impact ventures with innovative solutions in agriculture, health & water and education, is currently seeking applications for its second cohort.  The program is backed by the Rockefeller and Tony Elumelu Foundations, through the Global Impact Investment Network’s (“GIIN”) Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (“IEIF”). More information about this support is available here. The program engages social ventures for 3 months to support scaling their businesses through a tailor made acceleration process. The interaction targets improvement of the ventures’ business models, technology, and customer development. This is through intensive…

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Wireless Wednesday – How to use mobile technology to improve education outcomes

Its time for mobile devices to play a pivotal role in education. There has been a rise in the number of mobile technologies deployed within the education sector. A majority of these mobile applications have been devised with the purpose of offering teachers and students a more flexible approach to learning and bringing digital content to students. The applications make it possible to extend education beyond the physical confines of the classroom and beyond the fixed time periods of the school day. According to a research conducted by GSMA on Transforming Learning through mobile Education, the research shows that mobile…

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BARCAMP NAIROBI 2014 – Who’s Your Data’s Daddy?

The 8th Barcamp Nairobi will be held on Saturday, 30th August, 2014. Barcamp is produced by Skunkworks Kenya – a disruptive collective of Kenya’s best looking and best skilled techies – and will be jointly hosted for the 2nd year by m:Lab East Africa, iHub, and Nailab  at Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road. Barcamp is an unconference – participants run it. Anyone and everyone can attend. Please join us by registering here. Attendees set the agenda for what’s discussed, lead the sessions and workshops that fill the schedule, and create an environment of innovation and productive discussion. The theme for…

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