The JKUAT/MIT AITI-x Open Day was held on Sartuday, 7th November 2009 and it marked the official close of the Mobile Application Development Course. It was held at the JKUAT Main campus off Thika Road. As part of the course, the students are required to develop mobile applications in groups. The participants presented their applications to a panel of judges which was composed of Nanjala Misiko, Dennis Gikunda and Justin from the Google Kenya office. There was a total of 12 projects presented which ranged from J2ME-based apps, SMS apps, Android apps and even one based on the Ovi platform. We will do a follow up post detailing the nature of the apps.
1st position was a tie of the College Finder and Mobichuo SMS applications. The two apps had a similar concept but each of the groups provided a different solution. The apps were to help high school leavers to find colleges/university course they had qualified for. The judges liked the extensive interactivity options of the College Finder app and the unstructured nature and robustness of the Mobichuo app in regards to input from its users. The members of the groups are as follows.
- Ngugi N. Benjamin
- Buyu Walter
- Sang Bernard
- Nabie S. Daniel
- Antony Nzomo
- Senteu Ole Nchoe
- Joy Kendi
- Fred Kithizi
The 3rd postion was taken by the Sibasi Droid Android app. The app enables its users to find places and friends that are located near the current position. Once the user logs in to the app, it picks their current location using the GPS. The app then lists places(ATMs, restuarants)/friends that are currently located near the user which can be mapped onto google maps in the map view option. The Sibasi Droid group members were:
- Amos Wachanga
- David Mburu
The 1st position groups got 5000 shillings worth of airtime credit and each member of the group got a stylish Google mouse. The group in 3rd position got google branded flash disks and 2000 shillings worth of airtime credit. Congratulations to all the groups that won. All the participants of the course got a Google branded notebook and pen.
There were also talks from guests on the following topics:
- Talk on Innovation by Wilfred Mworia (African Pixel & Afrinnovator) – View presentation
- Talk on Entrepreneurship by Moses Kemibaro (Dotsavvy Africa) – View presentation
- Talk on Production by Liko Agosta (Verviant Consulting)
- Talk on Localization & Mobile by Denis Gikunda (Google Kenya)
Also in attendance was Mr. B. M. Kiula, Head of Section, Research, Consulting and Training, ICT Department (JKUAT) and Mr. Ken Odhiambo, Chairman, Department of Computing (JKUAT).
Many thanks to the participants of the course, guests, sponsors and all the people contributed to make the day a success.