ABOUT THE PROJECT
09Kenya ICT Board Tandaa project 08Girl Effect This is a Rural high school girls project that promotes ICT among girls’ schools. @iLabAfrica staff go to train and mentor in Kitui on a monthly basis. 07Mobile eLearning and Computer-Aided Assessment in Universities The study entails the design, testing and implementation of mobile based content delivery systems and use of e-Learning platforms to conduct online assessments especially in large groups. 06Mobile Bootcamps These are 2 – 3 day training sessions on mobile application development that aim to foster innovation among youth. Since 2008 we have organised bootcamps. 2011 was a notable year; with Google’s sponsorship, we organised 5 bootcamps and for the first time organised bootcamps in universities outside Nairobi, including one in Uganda (Mbarara University). In July 2012, we facilitated a bootcamp at Strathmore University that brought together 150 developers from around the country and resulted in 44 applications being developed during the hackathon on the last day. 05Google CS4HS This project aims to promote uptake of computer science by high school students and improve the quality of teaching of computer studies in secondary schools. It involved organising a National Computer Science Teachers Workshop, an Open Day for Secondary School Computer Studies students and a National Computer Studies Competition for Secondary Schools. The Teachers’ workshop was attended by about 15 principals and over 75 teachers in 2011. 103 students from 15 schools participated in the competition. 04Business Incubation & Training Centre The organization received a grant from Safaricom to start a business incubation and training center (2011) through which it is encouraging and enabling young people to become entrepreneurs. 03Safaricom Academy @iLabAfrica in collaboration with Safaricom, the leading integrated communications company in East Africa, established a facility for developing mobile applications to exploit opportunities created by the fast growing telecommunication industry in the country. The facility known as the Safaricom Academy offers the Master in Mobile Telecommunication and Innovation (MSc.MTI) that has enrolled more than 160 students since inception in 2010. (safaricomacademy) 02ISOC Grant The grant was titled ‘Use of ICT in Enhancing Teaching and Curriculum delivery in marginalised Secondary Schools in Kenya’. The project aims to: Develop Open Educational Resources for secondary schools, Enable Internet/Web access (including the local communities), Mentor secondary school students and Support teachers in the delivery of the Computer Studies course offered as part of the official KCSE curriculum for secondary schools in Kenya. It was initiated by the ICT for Development (ICT4D) research group in the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT), the precursor of @iLabAfrica. We partnered with 5 secondary schools located in rural areas in Kenya and were assisted by 5 lecturers and 20 undergraduate students. 01HP Innovations in Education Grant of 2009 The organization received sponsorship that was used to improve teaching of computer studies in High schools in Kenya.