JKUAT/MIT AITI-x Open Day


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.

College Finder

  • Ngugi N. Benjamin
  • Buyu Walter
  • Sang Bernard
  • Nabie S. Daniel
  • Antony Nzomo

Mobichuo

  • Senteu Ole Nchoe
  • Joy Kendi
  • Fred Kithizi
The Sibasi Droid group: Amos and David
The Sibasi Droid group: Amos and David with Denis Gikunda, Google Kenya (right)

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:

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.

16 comments

  1. Thanks a lot jkuat endeavour programme! we r grateful for the knowledge we gained! As per the projects, the ideas were awesome but we as contestants, feel the prizes didn’t befit the ideas

  2. That was the most awesome program I have attended in my life. Thank you Kamochu, Andrew and Isaac for the whole program and the great training. Personally I learnt alot and enjoyed learning too. The competition and the open day with the great talks from successful people in the industry was great. I loved the challange. Keep up the good work

  3. The endeavour was an eye opener to solving real world solutions. The skills we gained will go a long way to make us better programmers than we would be with classwork alone. Thank you to Kamochu, Keen and Izo for your devotion and may God bless you abundantly. To my fellow programmers that was just a start. Let’s see our projects reach implementation phase!!

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