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    “Protoypes are for testing an idea, not a product.” Erik Flowers Erik Flowers is a UX Designer based in San Francisco. He works as thePrincipal Service Experience Designer at Intuit. Erik was the main speaker for the second week Tajriba meetings…
    1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 7:50am
  • Kids Hacker Camp November 2014 Edition: Maker Breaker Day
    On the 15th of November, we will be holding a ‘Maker-Breaker Day’ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is designed with kids aged 10 – 13 years in mind, especially those who are enthused about crafting, hacking, discovering and tinkering. During the even…
    2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 11:18am
  • Ushahidi/ iHub/ Akirachix Partnership Days 2014
    Guestpost by Arushi Jain, Ushahidi Platform We all have multiple identities. We are citizens of various countries, and residents of many others; lovers of certain cultures, and supporters of all others; experts in a few fields, and disciplines of al…
    2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 8:51am
  • Ethnography vs Anthropology
    When embarking on an individual research through design project, I was advised to carry out the act of ‘defamiliarization’. G.Bell et all  [1] talk about this practice in the situation of designing new technology for the home where they compare…
    3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 2:11am
  • Young Ideas are valid too!
    By: Kiiru Muhoya ‘Young Ideas’ was a Barcamp 2014 workshop to inform and empower Kenyan youth. The target audience was us – teenagers – simply because I feel we have the most to learn and gain from such interactions. I am an eighteen-year-old…
    4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 4:18am
    On Tuesday November 4th, once again, AMI in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation will train 25 entrepreneurs on how to scale their businesses to maximise impact. This particular course is designed to help social entrepreneurs scale up their i…
    5 days ago 26 Oct 14, 10:45pm
  • Wireless Wednesday – Barriers to Adoption of Mobile Technology in Education
    As technology has become more powerful and pervasive, it has provided educators with a valuable tool to support learning. Mobile technology, which has advanced considerably over the last decade, has enabled learning to be more accessible. This acces…
    6 days ago 26 Oct 14, 12:08am
  • Open Duka Hackathon
    (Cross-posted from Open Duka) Our friends at the Open Institute have designed Open Duka as a project that provides a freely accessible database of information on Kenyan entities. This platform provides citizens, journalists, and civic activists wi…
    9 days ago 22 Oct 14, 9:48am
  • Nairobi Responsible Data Forum: Consent and Crowdsourcing
    (Cross-posted from Responsible Data Forum) We would like to invite you to the Nairobi Responsible Data Forum on 28th October 2014 at Amnesty International Offices.  In this edition, The Responsible Data Forum is partnering with Amnesty Internatio…
    9 days ago 22 Oct 14, 9:12am
  • You cannot Design User Experience But you Can Design for User Experience: Tajriba Week One
    “You cannot design User Experience but you can design for User Experience.” This was one of the overriding points during the first week of Tajriba. The basis of this statement is that no one can determine how a user will experience a product, bu…
    10 days ago 21 Oct 14, 12:16pm
    The Rockefeller foundation is funding 50 social entrepreneurs, aspiring social entrepreneurs and managers of social impact enterprises to one of AMI’s impact trainings. Designing for impact is one of the trainings that is open to scholarship and is…
    10 days ago 21 Oct 14, 4:40am
  • Intellectual Property Workshop
    Are you interested in learning more about licensing computer software and copyright law? Join us on 22nd Wednesday October 2014, from 2:00-4:00PM at the iHub 4th floor space. The workshop will cover a brief outlook on patents, what can be patented,…
    11 days ago 20 Oct 14, 1:26am
    The last week of August 2014 was an opportunity for the iHub Research team to explore the various ways in which ICT tools have/can successfully facilitate or hinder two way interaction between government and citizens towards effective public service…
    12 days ago 19 Oct 14, 3:03am
  • PIVOT East Finalist Chura, Shares Their Progress and Lessons Learnt
    Launched in December 2013 by a group of friends all alumni of the University of Nairobi,Chura makes it possible for subscribers to swap airtime for money. The startup dubbed Chura (Swahili for frog), is anchored on the idea of being able to leap fr…
    13 days ago 18 Oct 14, 8:34am
  • Sign up for the IT Savvy Competition
    Text Book Centre at Thika Road Mall is continuing to add value to our customers at large by bringing together the IT community along Thika Road. This rendezvous will bring together the leading IT brands and companies offering technology solutions and…
    14 days ago 17 Oct 14, 7:51am
  • Call for Participants: ICTs in Governance Focus Group Discussion in Nairobi
    iHub Research is carrying out a Focus Group Discussion with Nairobi Citizens this Friday (17th October 2014) at iHub, to find out what they think about general governance issues in Nairobi and in the country, and what they think about using ICT (inc…
    15 days ago 16 Oct 14, 1:29am
    On 27th September, Dr. Bitange Ndemo hosted a discussion on how innovation can influence rural SME development. John Kieti was a guest speaker. The conversation was centered around the need for dissemination of information, the regulatory maze and i…
    16 days ago 15 Oct 14, 3:21pm
  • #CommunityStories: I Turned My Back on Actuarial Science for Technology
    Meet Leo Korir, an actuary turned technologist and entrepreneur, and it all started with a visit to iHub, a few years back. Leo was a third year student in Maseno University when he came across one of his friends preparing for an entrepreneurship bo…
    16 days ago 15 Oct 14, 11:07am
  • TajRiba is here!
    The wait is over! TajRiba starts today! We have to weeks of UX planned for you with lectures starting this evening at 5.30PM and trainings starting tomorrow morning at 10.00AM. We shall start off week one focusing on the users and then move on to so…
    18 days ago 13 Oct 14, 6:30am
  • Digital Currency, Bitcoin and Kenya’s Vision 2030
    Guest Post By Michael Kimani On September the 16th, Tuesday evening the Bitcoin Kenya Meet Up held one of its regular meet ups at the iHub. The turnout was fantastic and more than I had anticipated. I was particularly thrilled that the crowd was a h…
    19 days ago 12 Oct 14, 12:25pm
  • Can mAgric Solutions Improve Productivity of the Agricultural Workforce – Wireless Wednesday
    The agricultural industry is seeing benefits from the growing incorporation of technology into farming. More and more farmers are using mobile technology to improve productivity. Mobile technology is already demonstrating its potential to provide fa…
    19 days ago 12 Oct 14, 11:11am
  • Slicing Pie: How to Split Equity Fairly Amongst Cofounders
    Picture this: You and a partner start a business. You both decided to split everything “50/50″. Your partner sits on his butt while you  do all the work. You   need to hire someone to help because your partner   is worthless, but he   own…
    19 days ago 12 Oct 14, 9:09am
  • ICT and Governance in East Africa : Preliminary Fieldwork Findings (Part 1) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    The ICT and Governance in East Africa study explores the various ways in which ICT tools can/have successfully facilitated or hindered two way interaction between government and citizens towards effective public service delivery, curbing corruption,…
    22 days ago 9 Oct 14, 12:15pm
    iHub is pleased to be a network coordinator for the new Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet)! The aim of this new interactive network is to support researchers and practitioners from the Global South to carry out research…
    22 days ago 9 Oct 14, 10:15am
    AMI is offering the second part of Managing Customers and Markets here at the iHub on October 14th 2014. You don’t need to have attended the first one to attend this one as the content is independent. This training will cover Relationship marketin…
    22 days ago 9 Oct 14, 5:48am


  • HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue
     Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big…
    7 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:38am
  • Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again
     Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but…
    9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:26am
  • Samsung Announces The Galaxy A5 And Galaxy A3, Its “Slimmest Smartphones To Date”
     Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest…
    12 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 12:43am
  • Novelty T-Shirt Maker Print Syndicate Raises $4.25M Series A
     Print Syndicate, an e-commerce store that sells printed T-shirts and other fashion and home decor goods, has raised $4.25 million in Series A funding led by Data Point Capital. Read More
    15 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 9:46pm
  • In The Best Conditions, iOS-Exclusive Vainglory Is A Top-Notch MOBA
     A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent MOBAs built specifically for tablets (and, as we discovered at September’s iPhone event, the iPhone 6). Read…
    16 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 9:05pm
  • Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator
     Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products.Google confi…
    17 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 8:08pm
  • Meet Samantha, Ethan App’s Sister
     Samantha is a girl living in New York City. She’s old enough to drink and experienced enough to give love advice. But other than that she prefers to keep it anonymous, like Gossip Girl. Read More
    17 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 7:49pm
  • Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion
     Seedrs, a company based in London that deals with equity crowdfunding, has an eye on the U.S. market. Today, it announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, which is based in California, and operates in a similar market space. As a company…
    18 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 7:01pm
  • Myths And Misconceptions Of Our Wearable Future
     Wearables as a second brain. The Internet of Self and Things. One trillion sensors…. There’s no doubt that a sensor-laden world is the buzz of the town. The next Big Thing. In fact, there is so much buzz that many consumers probably dismiss it…
    18 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 7:00pm
  • Trialfire Begins Selling Code-Free Analytics Service For Apps And Websites
     Toronto-based startup Trialfire is launching a service so companies can track customers as they interact with applications and websites without the need for data analysts and technical support. The company’s new software allows companies to coll…
    19 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 6:23pm

IT News Africa

  • IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week
    October 2014 has drawn to close; however, it has been an exceptionally busy month in the technology scene. During the course of the month we reported on a large array of topics. For those who missed out on all the news you can view all the top storie…
    2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 10:30am
  • BlackBerry Passport lands in Nigeria
    BlackBerry is in the process of rolling out its new qwerty keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. According to the company, the device has now landed in Nigeria. The device features a 4.5-inch square touch screen, touch-enabled keyboard and ha…
    5 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:44am
  • Uganda: Infocom upgrading Kampala’s International Internet gateway
    Owned by Liquid Telecom, Ugandan operator Infocom has revealed that it is set to perform a major upgrade on its international internet gateway. According to the company, it has installed technology that is able to provide 16 times more international…
    7 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 6:15am
  • Kenya: Mobile subscriptions on the rise
    According to reports, Kenya’s total number of mobile subscriptions grew by 5.6 percent to 32.2 million at the end of June. This is according to Q4 statistics unveiled by the Communications Authority (CA). The statistics revealed that mobile penetra…
    8 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 4:51am
  • MTN recognised at Nedbank Sustainable Business Awards
    MTN and Fenix International have been recognised at the Nedbank Sustainable Business Awards for a solar charging solution that’s improving the lives of communities without access to electricity and financial services in Uganda and Rwanda. The award…
    9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:54am
  • Microsoft finalises job cuts with another 3000 layoffs
    Back in July 2014, Microsoft was expected to cut up to 18000 jobs. According to a press statement, the company revealed that the cuts were part of a restructuring plan to simplify the organisation as well as align the recently acquired Nokia Devices…
    10 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:20am
  • Nigeria set to receive iPhone 6
    Airtel Nigeria, has announced that Nigerians can begin to pre-register for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as of today. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been described as the biggest advancements in iPhone history. iPhone 6 comes with a smooth met…
    10 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 2:57am
  • Rwanda’s President Tweeting up a storm
    Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, is described by the International Telecommunications Union as the “Digital President.” Social media analysts say Kagame is Africa’s most conversational president. Kagame has the biggest following on Twitter th…
    10 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 2:43am
  • Kenya: DOBA faculty to invest in E-learning
    Slovenia’s Business School DOBA, in Kenya, is expected to spend slightly over USD 1 Million in the next 5 years in Kenya. According to DOBA, it is driving a public-private partnership program seeking to get employers in the 4 Kenyan cities to endor…
    1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 8:27am
  • RAM Group cuts downtime with new software
    According to the the RAM Group, it has cut the time needed to back up the IT systems supporting its always-on business by 95%. RAM revealed that this was due to company using Veeam software. Group IT Manager, Lance Soller stated that: “Our IT platf…
    1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 8:10am
  • Africa’s emerging markets offer high growth for e-Commerce
    Africa offers enormous growth potential for e-retailers given that online shopping is in its infancy in the region. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), who says the recently released ‘…
    1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 7:47am


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