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HP East Africa, in cooperation with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), and Kenya’sMinistry of Health (MOH) have developed the lab which will provide faculty and students with technology that can help them design and deploy information systems to support public health delivery— improving access to high-quality healthcare and saving lives.
Youth un/underemployment are critical issues facing Sub-Saharan (SSA). In spite of urbanisation and industrialization, agriculture remains the principal employer and producer throughout SSA. Thus,a more modern and profitable agriculture sector (including aquaculture, fisheries, forestry and livestock) is required to generate much needed decent employment opportunities for the continent’s youth.
Kenya is quickly making a name for itself as Africa's innovation hub having already earned the title of the silicon savannah. This is particularly in the wake of the explosion of mobile phone solutions ranging from mobile money transfer services such as M-Pesa to mobile phone applications for everyday usage.
We highly congratulate all the grandaunts for their hard work and determination during their time as students of the Media lab and course 2&3. We know there are still much to learn but we have equipped you with the necessary skills and tools which if you put in active use will propel you to the next level of life as drivers of technology.
Best of luck as you venture into different spaces of ICT!
Effective disposal of human waste is often a chronic challenge in many slums that typically lack toilets. But a company in Mukuru Kayaba has found an ingenious way of mitigating this problem by collecting the waste and converting it into fertilizer that is fetching good prices in the market. And as Mitchelle Morgan reports, the innovation also addresses the notorious problem of flying toilets.
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You'll probably agree with me if I say that many small-scale farmers in kenya are shy about processing their milk produce into other dairy products, perhaps for fear that it is a costly affair. But one young dairy farmer in Nyeri, Martin Njoroge who is also a university student has opted to defy convention to go a step further to process home-made yoghurt as a complement to his dairy business. On Citizen TV’s weekly agribusiness segment "smart farm", our reporter Denis Otieno brings you Martin's inspiring story and why he chose to take the value addition route
An application integrated to inbuilt music player that helps keep away mosquitos scooped the top prize in the Safaricom women in technology apps challenge. The application was developed by students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and was dubbed as 'quit mosquito'. The contest, which kicked off three months ago and was exclusive to female students, attracted a total of 30 participants. This included 25 high school teams from alliance girls, Loreto Limuru and Maryhill and 5 teams from Jomo Kenyatta University of agriculture and technology. Each of the teams was required to come up with a problem that affects the society on a day to day basis, and develop an application that solves it. The apps were categorized under health, security, transport, education and gaming
Let’s face it; starting a company takes a fair amount of optimism. You have minimal resources, yes and the odds are severely stacked against you. Granted. But starting a business needs a lot of optimism on the entrepreneur’s side and no one has more optimism than students because they have not been hit by the rigours of life and responsibilities. To be an entrepreneur, you need to have some sense of escapism from reality and some measure of idealism – Aspects which students have in abundance.
Did you know that one can make a living out of burning papers and other waste material into charcoal? After the white collar job he was looking forward to proved elusive, George Mochu from Narok County and who is a graduate of economics decided to soil his hands by embarking on an innovative way of making charcoal without having to cut down trees. But how does he do it? Our reporter Alex Kubasu with the details.
Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers.
As the Kenyan economy continues to expand and the need for energy grows, geothermal, wind and other forms of renewable energy might come in very hand in terms of dealing with the energy demand we currently face. And it is for this exact reason that 30 year old Charlene Maina, an electronics and software engineer came back to the country to try support availing this source of energy to the Kenyan people. The former Technical Product Manager at Research in Motion, makers of Blackberry, who was based in Canada now runs Plexus Plexus Energy Limited.
Who knows? Forgetting to wish your Girlfriend a HAPPY BIRTHDAY could actually be a blessing in disguise. An experience that 2013's Safaricom AppChallenge Winner Bernard Mukangu went through and which motivated him to create an application that would remind him of such important events. The millennial bagged the grand prize of 12,000 Dollars after creating AUTOMS.GS, an automatic application that allows sending of personalized text messages. The challenge sponsored by Safaricom and Vodafone saw the entry of 2,200 developers from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and India. The application showcase which is on its second year brought to focus the role of technology incubators in developing talent and creativity among the youth to ensure they become wealth creators rather than job seekers.
Agri-Hub is an online platform that facilitates exchange between Agri-ProFocus professionals participating in the Agri-Hub, their Kenyan partners and other stakeholders. Agri-ProFocus Kenya is a growing network of farmers' organisations, NGOs, financial institutes, research institutes, private and public sector actors, and Dutch and other international development agencies. Together we join hands to stimulate the enhancement of farmer entrepreneurship in Kenya.
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