Posted by: Administrator | October 5, 2010

ENDEAVOR GRADUATES OPEN DAY: HOW IT WENT DOWN

The date was Saturday October 2nd, 2010, the venue: Hall 7 Room 19. This was to mark the end of the Java Mobile Application Development and Web Development courses which took place from June to July 2010.

The ICSIT director, Dr. Waweru graced the event

The ICSIT director, Dr. Waweru graced the event

Remarks from the Director, ICSIT

Dr Waweru kicked off the day with a short speech. He thanked the students for their hard work and encouraged them to take advantage of the Endeavour programme. He said that he was impressed with the good work being accomplished by the Endeavour initiative.

Andrew's presentation: HTML 5

Andrew's presentation: HTML 5

HTML 5 presentation by Andrew Kinai

Mr. Andrew Kinai, one of the founders of the JKUAT Endeavour programme then presented a very informative presentation entitled HTML 5. HTML 5 is meant to replace HTML. Andrew took the students through the syntax of HTML 5; illustrating some of the new tags the markup language has introduced in order to improve the overall structure and layout of web pages. This new technology is especially fitting for Mobile web apps with features such as Graphics and video, Geo-location API as well as advanced forms. Some of the sites using HTML 5 include foursquare.com, appcelerator.com, and phonegap.com e.t.c. This was a very informative presentation. If you missed it you have another chance; the same presentation is being done on Tuesday at SCOSIT’s meeting.

And the ladies were not left behind: QuickPoint Solutions preparing to present

And the ladies were not left behind: QuickPoint Solutions preparing to present

Presentation of Web Projects

After that, the students started presenting their projects. We started with the Web projects. The students really tried this time round to come up with very nice projects that made use of JavaScript, PHP and even frameworks.

Elkanah tries to sell their idea: Safi Dry Cleaners

Elkanah tries to sell their idea: Safi Dry Cleaners

  • Online stall booking application

This is a website that enables clients book exhibition stalls online. The several types of stalls are show cased on the website and you can book any for the event you are holding.

  • Jobbed.com

This is an online Job searching website.

It allows for searching for a job based on job type or even by city. Google maps have been integrated to give the location. The administrator stores and validates the jobs and updates them appropriately. Another interesting feature is the feedback page for comments and even contacting the administrator.

  • Patikana

An electronic notice board for finding “lost and found” items, particularly IDs, ATMs and passports.

If you lose your item, you can log onto the site and give a brief description, e.g. ID number. If found, the system returns results of where you can collect the ID.

  • Safi Dry Cleaners

Solves the problem of “Having no time to do laundry”.

One can send request and expect delivery. Online payments made possible by MPESA, Yu-cash. The site has a service page where one gives a brief description of the type of service he/ she wants, e.g. the kind of clothes, the quantity.

  • Online Booking Saloon

Company Arizona Beauty Saloon provides services such as manicure, facials etc. This site allows online booking of the services. One logs in using surname and password. You then specify the date and time and kind of service.

  • E & E Designs

An interior design website mainly dealing with curtains. It has a database of images showing the various designs and where they are suited for.

Isaac's presentation: What to do and when to do

Isaac's presentation: What to do and when to do

Presentation on “What to do and when to do”by Isaac Oteyo

Mr. Isaac Oteyo, one of the founders of the JKUAT Endeavour programme presented a motivational talk entitled “What to do and when. This was a very inspiring talk that encouraged the students to tackle challenges which may pull them back such as many commitments, mentality, doubts, and holistic view. Students were encouraged to create time, work in teams, exploit opportunities, and have the will to learn, just to mention but a few. We especially loved the part where he illustrated how “busy” we are as students especially on weekends.

Lewis and Co. selling their idea: Ujumbe Pap

Lewis and Co. selling their idea: Ujumbe Pap

Java Mobile Programming presentations

  • E-Share

A J2ME mobile application to help share ideas between programmers and developers. One can download applications and ideas and then advance them and upload them back for the rest of e-share community to work on. Another functionality is posting of ideas with title and description. The mobile application has been integrated with a website, where visitors can see the ideas posted.

  • Message Board

Use of a J2ME mobile app to offload messages to a group of people, thus providing for a cheap and cost-effective solution. Functionality includes posting of messages as well as downloading a post. In the latter case, you have to specify the username of the author of the post.

  • Ujumbe Pap

An SMS application that automates student activities such as checking exam results and events while on holiday. The SMS app allows one to pull for information. He/ She can request for and get exam results. One can even check if he has a supplementary. Another major functionality is the ability to check the time table for a particular week. The use of a password restricts who a can pull this information.  There is also an Admin GUI that is used to store all these information in the database.

  • Quick Point Software Solutions

An application that will allow Kenya Power (KPLC) to notify its customers of expected power outages. One doesn’t have to buy a newspaper to get access to such information. There is also a GUI that allows the power provider to register new customers and store their details in the database.

  • Multimedia World

A J2ME mobile app that allows owners of video libraries to improve their service delivery to their customers. This app allows customers to use their mobile phones to shop for movies, music, games in their favorite video library. After selecting the items they want, they can then send a request via the phone. An SMS will be sent to the administrator, notifying him/ her of the request, which he can then plan to deliver. The application uses serves to allow for interaction of the mobile app and the database.

Kiptoo then made a short presentation of a mobile application that could be used for stock management. It allows one check the items in stock, out of stock. It’s a fully developed app that can even send an SMS to customers.

Presentation of Awards

With that said and done, now came the moment we were all waiting for- the presentation of awards.

The judges (Mr. Andrew and Mr. Isaac) were impressed with the quality of the projects in both categories.

Before announcing the winners, Isaac noted the following

  1. On the presentations made
    • Don’t mix languages
    • Be audible
    • Itroduce your team members, we don’t know them
  2. On the ideas
    • Think outside the box
    • Do your research before embarking on a project
    • Don’t always think of money
  3. On team participation
    • Don’t be a joyrider
  4. Team leader vs team player- to be a team leader you first must be a team player
  5. Learn to re-use code, don’t try to reinvent the wheel
  6. Make use of societies (i.e. SCOSIT), you grow more than if you do everything alone
  7. Let socities with same goals collaborate

And the winners were…

Web category Java Mobile category
  • Jobbed.com

Jotham Matu

Charles Mureithi

  • Multimedia World

Njui Josphat

Otieno O. Lazaro

Maurice Kibuchi

Caroline Mutua

  • E-Share

Emase John

There was a tie for the mobile apps so we had two winners.

Web development winners Jotham and Charles all smiles as they receive their prices

Web development winners Jotham and Charles all smiles as they receive their prices

Java mobile programming winners MmWorld were rewarded for their hardwork

Java mobile programming winners MmWorld were rewarded for their hardwork

Emase, another Java mobile app development winner was all smiles as he received his price

Emase, another Java mobile app development winner was all smiles as he received his price

Each member of the winning groups was presented with an award: a 3G Orange with a 7-day surf for free offer.

Congrats to the winners.

Thus came the end of a great day.

Much thanks to

  • Mr. Andrew and Mr. Isaac (JKUAT Endeavour) for their support and ensuring that this day was a success. The Endeavor programme which they co-founded with Mr. Samuel Kamochu is one of the best things that happened to JKUAT. THANKS so much.
  • The students who worked tirelessly to develop their applications. Without them the day would have been disastrous
  • The tutors who sacrificed their time to train the students (Abel Masai, Kirui Kennedy and Omondi Ochieng)
  • All the students who turned up to support us.

Article by Daniel Mbugua, Abel Masai and Kirui Kennedy

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Responses

  1. Wow!This was wonderful.Bog up JKUAT and hope others will steal the idea

  2. Reblogged this on emmanuelmlunje's Blog and commented:
    This was a wonderful startup program..


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