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Rapid Experimentation, Catalyst for Innovation & Lean UX/UI Session

Finalist, PIVOT East, Workshops

August 18, 2014

PIVOT East Participants during a previous training.

PIVOT East Participants during a previous training.

On the  27th of August 2014, we will have a training that is one of its kind. The training is aimed at the technical members of the startups teams.  The session will take place at m:lab East Africa from 9:00am to 12:00pm . The sessions will be on Rapid Experimentation, Catalyst for Innovation & Lean UX/UI with Solstice Mobile. Solstice Mobile is one of the leading provider of enterprise innovation and mobility solutions in the US. With the largest dedicated mobile software engineering team in the United States, they have deep expertise across iOS, Android and Windows 8 platforms. Their other specialities include:  Enterprise Mobile Strategy & Innovation, Internet of Things, M2M, Mobile Architecture, Mobile Governance, User Experience Design, Mobile Infrastructure & Security, iOS, Android, and HTML5 Applications, Mobile Testing & Support, Agile Transformation. They have won several awards in the USA .
The sessions will be conducted by:
 jschwanJ Schwan, the Founder and CEO of Solstice Mobile. He was recently inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, was awarded the University of Illinois College of Engineering Young Alumnus of the Year award, was named one of Chicago’s Tech Week 100 and has had recent work inducted into the Computerworld Hall of Fame.

Angelique Rickhoff,

Angelique Rickhoff, User Experience Consultant at Solstice Mobile. She received an Associate’s Degree in Digital Design, a Bachelors in Interactive Media, and a Master in Human Computer Interaction. Her studies embodied coursework around visual design, ethnography, designing for accessibility, usability methods, and user research.

mark-wallaceMark Wallace, a management consultant focused on mobile and contextual technologies. He has deep experience in product management and implementation services in both the healthcare and financial industries. Mark has worked with several consumer-directed healthcare startups to build their products and launch. He also served as a lead on the Knowledge Management Team with Ernst & Young, developing intranet strategies for their domestic and international telecom partners.
“Rapid Experimentation and a Catalyst for Innovation”
Disruptive technologies continue to change expectations from already demanding consumers, forcing brands to create more contextually relevant experiences. But how does the enterprise keep up with these emerging technologies and focus in on which ones to harness? To be successful, brands need practices and methodologies that span the gap between short and long innovation horizons.
Join Solstice Founder and CEO, J Schwan, as he shares how rapid experimentation and lean prototyping are accelerating enterprise innovation.
“Lean UI/UX”
Stemming from the Lean Startup Movement, Lean UX advocates for trimming down traditional user experience methods so they can be applied effectively to a fast paced Agile environment. The key principles of Lean UX include early customer validation, collaborative design, solving user problems, measuring key performance indicators, applying appropriate tools, and nimble design. Lean UX provides “just enough” documentation to keep everyone on the same page and allowing the team to iterate as they learn more.
Join user experience expert Angelique Rickhoff from Solstice Mobile, as she shares how these approaches can be applied to your work.
To attend this event, RSVP HERE. (there are only 25 slots available)

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How to Use Mobile Phones to encourage information sharing within the agricultural value chains

Agriculture, Wireless Wednesday

August 15, 2014

Smallholder farmers form majority of the farming capital in Africa, yet more often than not they are left out of the value chain’s growth. Mobile is a powerful tool in Africa. In fact, according to a report by GSMA, Mobile penetration across the region was 54% in 2012 and contributed over six per cent of the region’s GDP. Most farmers have access to a mobile phone, can they leverage mobile technology in strengthening agricultural value chains and in enabling them to become agriprenuers and more actively engaged in market-led agriculture? Can mobile innovations help in impacting the agricultural value chains?

A farmers speaking during the event

A farmers speaking during the event

On the 30th of July 2014, mobile application developers, farmers, government representatives, NGOs, exporters, Investors, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector met at m:lab east Africa to discuss this during Wireless Wednesday event sponsored by USAID. The meetup was meant to help the attendees have an understanding of what factors are necessary for value chains to thrive, development of the value chain and how mobile technology can encourage information sharing within the value chain to the benefit of the smallholder farmer. Some of the Highlights from the event: Extension Officer’s Ratio: According to an extension officer from Kakuzi, Mr Mwaniki,their ratio is 1 officer for 15,000 farmers. He reckons that mobile tech can help them in information sharing more efficiently, fast and to masses. Farmers suffer because of information lag and lack of proper advice from extension workers on disease outbreak, weather updates, good practises, just to mention a few. Mobile technology can bridge this gap. Government Involvement: According to Grace Agili, government would like to support mobile innovations in agriculture but they have inadequate resources. In fact they have so much information in the govt websites that are available for all stakeholders for free, but very few know this. She encouraged developers to leverage on that, to share useful information to farmers

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in simpler,more effective ways. Govt currently disseminates information to smallholder farmers using radio for free, but farmers have to buy directories, documentaries and manuals. When asked about government working with developers, Grace Agili Said, “We do not have to reinvent the wheel or compete with developers but support you to reach more farmers and create more awareness about available solutions in Agriculture.” Government is a key player in the value chain and their participation, in terms of policy and infrastructure can impact the value chain immensely.

A farmers speaking during the event

Attendees the event

Engagement: Farmers were urged to share information and adopt the family approach to integrate youths in agriculture. And in order to grow the value chain they were encouraged to take the wheel and team up with developers, give them guidance and together build solutions that not only connect with farmers but solve pain points in the agricultural value chains. Awareness: Farmers need to give or receive some information to / from other farmers, buyers, government, extension workers, agro-vet etc from time to time.But they normally experience hardship accessing or sharing information required during farming activities or at post-harvest level because they don’t know available technology solutions to help them. Farmer present at the meetup agreed that mobile phone could help speed up, and open up flow of information within agricultural value chains. Actors in the agricultural value chains – (including farmers, agro-vets, buyers, extension workers, government, financiers etc) stand a realistic chance to benefit from improved information flow if there can be mobile phone solutions working a large scale (the scale at which M-PESA operates or even on a global scale). Public Awareness is missing. Farmers need to be sensitized and informed especially on these factors:


  • Market and pricing information
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  • Type of Crop to plant
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  • Crop Management and Ecology .
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  • Potential Buyers
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  • Profitability of the crop

These information can help a farmer make sound decision even before he/she starts planting the said crop. Improved information sharing within the agricultural value chains will benefit all the stakeholders in the chain.

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What are the challenges of uptake of mAgric solutions?

Agriculture, Wireless Wednesday

October 30, 2013

m:lab East Africa held one of the most interactive mobiles for agriculture meetup in partnership with USAID today. The meetup attracted key stakeholders in the agriculture sectors who met with the farmers and developers to discuss the theme of the day. The Key discussants were; Anuj Tanna VAS Product Manager, Orange, Qureish Noordin, Program Officer, Extension Support Function, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Spencer Morley, Farmforce Implementing Manager Syngenta Foundation for sustainable Agriculture. We also had an Extension officer from Tala and farmers from Nyanza, Western and Eastern Provinces The uptake of mAgric innovations is still slowly picking up especially in the rural areas where most of the farming is taking place. In the previous Wireless Wednesday meetups that we’ve held,most farmers do not know about the existing innovations and for the few who know about the existing innovations not all of them are using them. In today’s Wireless Wednesday, we visited some of the challenges of uptake of mAgric innovations and suggested ways to increase awareness of the innovations. 1421022_608830812509732_1960025827_o Some of the challenges mentioned include; Cost – Are farmers willing to spend money on available solution? that is one questions that has been asked several times during the meetups. Developers come up with solutions that are expensive for the farmers hence farmers do not use the innovations available. Some of the farmers said they are willing to spend money on a solution that adds value to their production. Targeting the wrong customers – Farming is widely diverse and thus some might require different solutions. Most developers target “all customer” in agriculture without having to factor in the needs of the different customer segments, this leads to unsatisfied customers for example the needs of a dairy farmer might not necessarily be the same as of those of a maize farmer. Blanket information: Most developers put information about everything in the app/solution. The information is not localized or customized for a particular region/type of farming/ specific crop or a specified farmer. Simplicity – The type of message and language used in your solution can contribute to slow uptake of your application. The message should be simple, in a language that is familiar and understandable to your target customers. Do not assume that everyone knows how it works, explain clearly each and

every step of your solution. Ensure that your solution is easy and simple to use Need-driven – The solutions should be more need driven than demand driven. More often developers are more demand driven rather than need driven hence developing a product because it is on demand rather than focusing on the real need of the customers. Linkages and partnerships – Finding the right and trusted organizations to partner with is a big challenge especially for developers. When it comes to marketing your product partnerships is very important. Partnership with trusted organizations/Government gives your product credibility hence creates trust with your users.


Participants interacting after the discussion

With an aim of increasing awareness of the mAgric solutions, the following key points were suggested; Partnerships – Partnerships with the right organizations is very important, Developers can leverage on existing networks on the ground like NGOs, farmer groups and Extension officers who can link them to the farmers directly. Such partnerships can help developers reach a good number of farmers at once saving them on cost. Partnerships with also telcos is important as developers can leverage on their mass market reach. Leverage on existing research – Before jumping into your primary market research head first, it’s important that you first seek out existing, relevant research. This not only saves your startup time, but also prevents wasted funding on a product that would have duplicated existing results. In conclusion, developers should strive to make their innovations accessible, affordable and appealing to the right customer target.

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Eneza Education Scoops an Award at the GIST Tech-I Competition in Malaysia


October 18, 2013

Gist-finals-150x150Eneza Education scooped an award at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) which was held on October 12, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Held for the third time,  Global Innovation Science through technology is an initiative of CRDF Global and other partners to  help launch ideas or grow businesses of most promising entrepreneurs in these emerging economies through seed funding, training, networking and by providing mentoring from the best entrepreneurs in the world, angel investors, and venture capitalists.

Eneza Education which is currently incubated at m:lab East Africa made it to the finals competing against 15 other startups in the startup category. Eneza Education emerged Runners up in the competition receiving a grant of  $10,000.

The summit awards top ventures in startup and Idea stage categories. The awards filters entrants of the competition in two stages which includes expert review and public participation through online voting. Prior to the summit, GIST alumni undergo a mentorship, training and pitching program.

Since inception, Eneza Education has won several accolades which includes Pivot East 2012 competition where they emerged First in the mobile society category and the Milken PennGSE 2012 , an Education Entrepreneurship Competition where they also emerged first.

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Eneza Education was formed with an ultimate aim of solving problems that lead to students failing, Eneza connects students to study tools, teachers and parents to data to help their children improve, and educational leaders to resources. Most importantly, they are creating a network in which the dialogue around student learning grows, enticing schools to collaborate and compete. For more information about Eneza Education visit their website.

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ICT4Ag Hackathon National Winners Announced


October 14, 2013

The ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) international conference and its parallel hackathon (dubbed “Agri-hack championship”) will take place from 4th – 8th November 2013 in Kigali Rwanda. The conference seeks to examine how ICTs are truly empowering producers and consumers along the entire value chain. Earlier this year, the Technical Center for Agricutural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) placed a call for expression of interest for hubs to hold national events across East Africa. 9 Hubs, which are among the key ones in East Africa, were selected. Each of these hubs organized national hackathons or selection events.
The winning teams from each hub’s national event are as follows:


  • Hive Colab (Uganda)- The Agripreneur – Digital Platform to connect and harmonize key Youth stakeholders along the agricultural value chain. By Byamugisha Donald and Denis Izakare
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  • OutBox (Uganda)- ENSIBUUKO: Leveraging mobile and web technologies to improve access to finance for better household livelyhood. By David Opio and Gerald Otim.
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  • iBiz Africa (Kenya) – Kosmerc Systems: Mobile app providing location based information to farmers on favourable crops, seeds, fertilizer, farm management and soil type. By Jeffrey Cherogony and Clinton Busolo.
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  • C4DLab(Kenya)-  FARM DRIVE: Digital book keeping app to enhance credit-worthiness for a 21st century farmer by James Macharia Kimani and Caroline Mbithe Muteti.
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  • Habaka Madagascar Innovation Hub – HighHay: Project Management application for farming by Joelisata RABEHARISOLO and Miradontsoa Asafa ANDRIANARISON.
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  • Buni Hub(Tanzania) – AgrInfo: Farm Plots GIS by Rose Peter Funja and Grace  Slyvester Makanyaga.
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  • Kinu Group Limited (Tanzania) – HabariMazao: SMS, USSD, and Web based platform for collection and sharing of market price data – from markets to the farmers by Elilaki Bariki Guard and Ntomoka Sugwejo Kaboda.
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  • IceAddis (Ethiopia) – mAgric: by Mr. Nebiyou Yirga Wolde and Dr. Abeselom Samson Joseph
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  • iHub (Kenya)– was selected as non competing hub. They will send a team to showcase their product but will not compete with the teams from the other hubs. The team that will represent iHub is Smart Agriculture- Automatic weather stations that sends updates on when to plant to farmers, etc via sms by Tom Ekajja  and Cyrus Baraza.

CTA1During the Finals of the Agri-hack Championship in Kigali (04 to 07 November 2013), all applications will be fined-tuned. National teams will received advices from key stakeholders and users. Each national winner will get a prize. After a pitching session, the best three applications selected by a panel of judges will receive awards as described below:


  • Cash Prizes

5000 Euros for the Overall winner
4000 Euros for the Runner Up winner
3000 Euros for the Second Runner up.


  • Six month incubation and mentoring

The winning teams will be offered incubation and mentoring for six month in the hubs that they are affiliated with to support finalization of their applications and hopeful kick start their businesses.


  • Challenges

The teams from each hub were given these challenges to work on:
Challenge 1: How can bi-directional information sharing and communication between farmers and extension workers be encouraged or improved? Key areas of interest include information sharing and advisory on soil fertility, fertilizers, weather information, pests, diseases, access to localized farming inputs, multimedia content and ability to verify counterfeit products
Challenge 2: Through ICT applications, how can access to financial services be made easier for farmers through a disruptive, innovative tool?
The teams will now work on their product as they await the finals where they will be required to pitch infront of expert judges, mentors and fellow entrepreneurs. They will also be required to have working products by the time they are presenting during the finals.
kLab, are the hosting hub and will conduct their national selection event on 19th and 20th Oct. If you are in Kigali and would like to participate in this event,sign up HERE:
The Agri-hack Championship is organized by CTA in partnership with various stakeholders including MINAGRI (Rwanda), MYICT (Rwanda) and with the financial contribution of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). m:lab East Africa is the technical manager of this event.
For more information, visit;  Email: [email protected]

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Understanding the challenges of uptake and increasing awareness of mAgric innovations – Wireless Wednesday

Agriculture, Wireless Wednesday

September 12, 2013

Developers have come up with a number of apps and mobile service to help farmers especially small-scale farmers to increase their agricultural skills and yields. In the previous wireless Wednesday meetups on agriculture, it was

noted that most farmers do not make use of the available mobile innovations because of lack of awareness of the existing innovations, complexity of the innovations, most of the apps are developed on platforms that are supported on smartphones whereas a good number of farmers own feature phones and the fact that most of the applications available are on App Stores yet farmers don’t know about these stores or how to access them.


Previous Wireless Wednesday meetup

On 30th October 2013, the m: lab will host one of the frequent meetup dubbed Wireless Wednesday. The event themed Understanding the challenges of uptake and increasing awareness of mAgric innovations, will attract mobile application developers, farmers, government representatives, NGOs, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector. The event is sponsored by USAID.

Specific meetup details are;

Date: 30th October 2013

Venue: m:lab East Africa Balcony

Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm


To participate in the event, RSVP HERE. There will be a live twitter stream during the event, you can join the discussion using the hashtag #WirelessWednesday.

Six Wireless Wednesday meetups on agriculture have been held since last year. Recap articles on the meetups can be found below as follows :-

27th February 2013: Improving the quality and uptake of Agricultural mobile innovations

29th August 2012: Mobile Apps Targeting post harvest challenges in Agriculture

27th June 2012 : Reviewing Mobile Applications Targeting Agricultural Productivity

25th April 2012: Using mobile tech to overcome post harvest challenges in horticulture

29th Feb 2012: Nine considerations for implementing apps for Agriculture

29th Feb 2012:Using technology to enhance productivity in agricultural value chains

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CTA selects ICT Hubs and Labs as partners to organise the “Agri-Hack Championship”


September 12, 2013

CTA is pleased to announce the ICT hubs and labs selected as partners for the organisation of the of the regional hackathon that will take place in parallel to the ICT4Ag Conference. Thirty East African technology spaces responded to the call for expression of interest that was launched and submitted their applications. The selection committee narrowed them down to 9 hubs/labs. Criteria for selection included


  • Profile of the institution and the existence of a form of business incubation program;
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  • Existence of an entrepreneur/developer community;
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  • Existence of a business coach or advisor to provide mentorship and/or coaching
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  • Ability to organize one selection event/hackathon to nominate a team to the finals;
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  • Existence of a physical space to host winning national teams for incubation/coaching throughout the post competition incubation period

The hubs/labs selected are:


  • kLab– Rwanda
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  • KINU and Buni Hub– Tanzania
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  • Ice Addis– Ethiopia
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  • Hive Colab and Outbox – Uganda
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  •  C4DLab (Computing for Development Lab) and iBizAfrica- Kenya
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  •  Habaka Madagascar Innovation Hub – Madagascar.

Each of these partners will organise a national event to select a team that will send two representatives to finals in Kigali. At the regional finals, teams will receive coaching, mentorship and valuable feedback from players in the ICT and agriculture sector attending the ICT4Ag conference. This is in addition to the time allocated for further development and refinement of their solutions. Moreover, teams in the championship will compete for seed grants amounting to EUR 5,000, EUR 4,000 and EUR 3,000 for the first, second and third overall positions respectively. The hubs nominating the three winning teams will also receive a EUR 3,000 grant to undertake post competition incubation and business support to the winning teams for a period of 6 months.
CTA is also pleased to announce that m:lab East Africa, has been selected (through another process) as technical manager of the event.
The Agri-Hack Championship will showcase the potentials of ICT applications in agriculture at the ICT4Ag conference and support the development of ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture, especially by youth. The Conference will be organized from 4 to 8 November 2013 by CTA, MINAGRI (Rwanda), with the involvement of other key partners.
More information:;  Email:   [email protected]
Cross Posted from the CTA Blog.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Phone review

Mobile Testing

September 3, 2013

Samsung is one of the partners of m:lab East Africa and has continued to support the developer communities through various partnerships, trainings, campaigns and offering devices to devs for testing their apps. m:lab East Africa ‘s  testing facility was privileged to receive the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S4 courtesy of Samsung Kenya.



Below are some of the unique features that make this device stand out among the  android devices today in the market:

Screen – It comes with a 5.0 inch screen thats 1080 x 1920 pixels. The screen is Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This means that it integrates a capacitive touchscreen layer directly into the display instead of overlaying it on top of the display, resulting in a thinner design that uses less power and reflects less light, and as a result works better outdoors and give it scratch and impact-resistant qualities.

Memory -It also comes with a mem-card slot of upto 64GB and comes with 16/32/64 GB storage. To make it stand-out  more it has a RAM of 2GB to ensure a fast non-lagging  user experience.

Camera -In the social world that we live in, taking pictures and videos is extensively a great experience as the phone is packed with a 13MP(4128 x 3096 pixels) that takes crystal clear photos. It has integrated several features that make taking pictures and videos even more fun with autofocus, dual shot, HD video recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation just to name some.


S-Health feature –  The S-Health helps track the users weight and exercise levels  to keep the Samsung Galaxy S4 customers healthy. Now you can keep track of almost any aspect of your health from how well and how much you’re eating to how often you exercise.


TV remote –  This can either be done using the IR port of the phone or by getting the WatchOn app. To get started, input your location and what television provider you use.

 AirGesture – This feature is indeed one of the coolest of the Galaxy S4. The feature allows the user to flip through a photo album just by a wave of the hand. The AirView feature, just like the airgesture, allows the user to get a preview by just pointing at the file without actually touching it. The Smart scroll feature tracks the movement of the users eyes and automatically scrolls.DSC_0100

Battery Life saving techniques – One of the greatest hurdles with smart phones is short battery life, Samsung S4  tries to solve this by having an excellent sleep mode. When it’s inactive it can really drop the drain on the CPU, and achieve that in a much better manner than other devices.

It runs on the latest Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and comes with a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Processor.
There is already news of Android 4.3 being launched in the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4 in October this year.

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Get involved in the Agri-Hack Championship!


August 30, 2013

CTA1The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). From 4 to 8 November 2013, CTA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda, will organize an international conference on ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) in Kigali. This event will examine how ICTs are truly empowering producers and consumers along the entire value chain. It will showcase the exciting possibilities and incredible developments taking place in this area. In line with CTA’s strategy, the ICT4Ag conference will promote the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector with particular emphasis on value chains, advocacy and policy development.

A regional hackathon on ICT4Ag solutions is planned as one of the key activities that will run in parallel to the conference. In order to make this regional championship a success they are calling out for partners in Eastern Africa Countries for the national champions that will culminate in the finals in Kigali. Private and public sector run innovation, entrepreneurship hubs/communities from that the Eastern Africa region are invited to express interest in being partners nominating and supporting teams to the finals of the regional competition.

Developers can participate in this as early as now by asking the hub/lab/community they are affiliated with to express interest in participating as partners with CTA. To participate as a partner in the ICT4Ag Conference hackathon dubbed “Agri-Hack Championship” read more  HERE, you can also fill this FORM. Hubs in this countries can participate: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Important dates:

–       Hubs/labs have to apply and send their applications by 05 September.

–       Selection by hubs/labs of the team who will go to Kigali (following national hackathon or selection events) by 02 October.

Up to twelve (12) Tech hubs will be selected to organise hackathons or other selection events to nominate participating teams. Teams in the championship will compete for seed grants amounting to EUR 5,000, EUR 4,000 and EUR 3,000 for the first, second and third overall positions respectively. The hubs nominating the three winning teams will also receive a EUR 3,000 grant to undertake post competition incubation and business support to the winning teams for a period of 6 months. Interventions provided during the incubation period will include support to finalise development of winning solutions.

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Pivot East 2013 Day One


June 26, 2013

The first day began with a bang, with powerful presentations from the finalist in the Mobile Society, Enterprise and Entertainment categories. The battle today was between Kenya and Uganda with two categories Society and Entertainment having two finalist from Uganda and three from Kenya while Enterprise category saw four finalist pitch from Kenya and one from Uganda.
There were two interesting fireside chats that featured big names in the East African region technology scene. The chats were moderated by Joyce Tonda. The first chat “The regional mobile market place (subscriber base) and the opportunities it presents for entrepreneurs.” featured MTN Uganda – Mr.Phrase Lubega, Cellulant – Ken Njoroge, Facebook, Nicola D’Elia, Savannah Fund- Mbwana Alliy, Qualcomm- Gilles Fayad and Musoni- Vincent Van Dugteren. The second chat was “The role of the regional mobile ecosystem in discovering and supporting the next wave of high growth mobile startups” that had these panelists: Etienne Deguine – Google, Stephen Musoke – Thoughtworks, Emobilis – Ken Mwenda and Samsung – Simon Kariithi.
Fireside chat
Today the stage is set for a showdown between finalists from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in the Mobile Utility and Finance categories. Tomorrow we are expecting fired up fireside chats on “How can we raise the quality of mobile startups in the region and their investability” and “Role of innovation in driving the regional economy (To sustain the push towards having mobile innovations high in the agenda of regional governments, corporates and development agencies.)” that will feature iHub- Erik Hersman, Nokia East Africa- Moses Sitati, CEMM Group- Michael Niyitegeka, Isis Nyong’o, Ed Simnett- Prince Street, Intel Corporation – Agatha Gikunda, James Saaka – NITA-U, VISA Rwanda – Mark Pickens, CGAP- Camillo Tellez and UConnect- Daniel Stern.
You can follow pivot us on facebook: Pivot East and or Twitter @PivotEast, or watch the event live on our website. Join in the conversations on social media using #PivotEast

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