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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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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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