Posted by: Administrator | November 3, 2010

Reflections from JKUAT Tech Expo

A section of the crowd at first ever JKUAT Tech Expo

A section of the crowd at first ever JKUAT Tech Expo

After months of meticulous planning the day finally came. The first ever JKUAT tech expo came to be. The date was the 13th of October, 2010, the time 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, the venue assembly hall JKUAT main campus. The event included students from various disciplines in the university irrespective of what field they specialized in .The day brought together all technology enthusiasts to display to their colleagues and anybody interested their ideas.

The event was graced by guests from the industry. Among the guests present was Kaburo Kobia from the Kenya ICT Board, Mr. Pius Busera from Safaricom Ltd. The University had in attendance, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof.  Esther Kahangi, the University-Industry Liaison Officer, Eng. Benson Kariuki and the University ICT Director, Dr. Joseph Wafula.

The 15 student exhibitors were given a chance to present their projects to a panel of judges. Each exhibitor also had a stand where the attendees could view their projects and ask questions. The number of students who attended the event clearly showed that the event had been hyped well as we ran out of chairs and had to order for more.

Wendoh and Ken take the VC Prof Imbuga through their project: CollegeFeed

Wendoh and Ken take the VC Prof Imbuga through their project: CollegeFeed

Among the projects presented the following captured my eye

  • Online and SMS Fuel Prices Monitoring System: an application that one can use to determine the cheapest fuel prices near you. The system integrated maps for direction. If your phone can’t access the internet you can use an sms.
  • 3D Virtualization and Gaming: An application done using Blender that allows one to take a virtual tour of JKUAT. The amazing thing about this is that it was done by a student undertaking an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science
  • Shika Mwizi: a sms application that enables one to monitor his/her room. If a person breaks in or when a fire breaks out you are alerted via sms.
  • M-Akiba: An application that helps a person to save money. It provides a solution for people with low incomes who can’t afford to use the services of a bank.
  • G-Finder: a hostel finder web application meant for university students in parallel degree program. With this application you are able to search, view and book a hostel.
  • BookMe: same concept as G-Finder. It had an amazing interface. Among the developers was Walter Buyu an Endeavor graduate
  • Best Deals: this is a web application for comparing product prices by prospective buyers.
  • BizLock Kenya: a business locator web application with map support capability. G-Finder, Best Deals Kenya and BizLock were presented by Simon Kiarie-who had both attended the maiden Endeavour programme.
  • College Feed: This is a social media mobile-web application. The application was presented by Kenneth and Ricky. Both are graduates of the June 2010 Endeavour training.
  • M-Share: is a mobile-web application for posting and sharing ideas. The project was presented by John Emase and Samuel Wahome (both Endeavor graduates)
  • Pesa-Track: is a mobile application for transferring funds between banking service providers. The project was presented by Abel Masai.
  • MMWorld: This is a mobile application for searching of movies, music and games from suppliers. The project was presented by Maurice Kibuchi, Josphat Njui and Lazaro Ong’ele (all Endeavor graduates).
  • Stock control: This project was presented by Kiptoo Kirui, the SCOSIT vice chairman. It is a mobile application used to monitor and control stock.
  • Ujumbe Pap: an application to keep records of student results and send updates to them via sms. The team consisted of Endeavor graduates.

There were so many projects presented that day but I can’t recall all but the quality was evident from all the corners of the hall.

Prof. Imbuga challenged the students to come out and share their creative ideas so as to move to the next level. She said the University has an IP policy which outlines how the benefits of a commercialized innovation, hence the students should have no fears of losing their inventions. (Dr. Wafula had briefed us about the policy during one of our meetings).

The Endeavour graduates dominated the exhibitions. JKUAT Endeavour is an initiative formed to act as a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and skills in Kenyan universities and colleges. Through industry partnerships, the initiative offers training courses on Information and Communication Technologies with emphasis on independent research, problem solving, and entrepreneurship.

Who’s Smarter Now?: Mr. Eric Omwando Opiyo receives an award from VC Prof. Imbuga after his Online and SMS Fuel Prices Monitoring System emerged tops during the maiden Tech Expo

Who’s Smarter Now?: Mr. Eric Omwando Opiyo receives an award from VC Prof. Imbuga after his Online and SMS Fuel Prices Monitoring System emerged tops during the maiden Tech Expo

At the end of each competition there must be a winner. The time finally came for the judges to announce the winners. Kaburo Kobia from Kenya ICT board had the honor of doing this. In fourth position were two apps: G-Finder and BookMe. In third place was CollegeFeed (I hear it has been rolled out but still being tested). In second place was Shika Mwizi (I am not sure about the name). The person who took the top honors was Eric Omwando Opiyo with his Online and SMS Fuel Prices Monitoring System. The price, an Android phone, was given to the winner by Prof. Imbuga.

Special thanks goes to Calvin Kebati the JLUG secretary whose tireless work and persistence made the day a success. The participants also deserve a special mention for their ideas.The day was a big success and we hope to have a bigger expo next year.

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Responses

  1. how do I enroll in scosit. Im a student bbit 2nd year jkuat

  2. Thanks for the quiz. Registration is open all the time.We have meetings every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at hall 7 room 19. You can register there. Our next meeting is on 9th of November 2010 and you are welcomed.

  3. how can you contact scosit?

    • just drop us an email at scosit.icsit@gmail.com and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as we can

      • Thank you. Have dropped you a mail.


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