About @iLabAfrica

A Research Centre under the Fac­ulty of Inform­a­tion Tech­no­logy at Strath­more Uni­ver­sity, @iLabAfrica was estab­lished in Janu­ary 2011 to spear­head research, innov­a­tion and entre­pren­eur­ship in the ICT for Devel­op­ment (ICT4D) eco­sys­tem towards the attain­ment of the UNDP Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals (MDGs) and Kenya’s Vis­ion 2030. We recog­nise that the spread of ICT tech­no­lo­gies in devel­op­ing coun­tries remains pain­fully slow; con­demning a large frac­tion of Africa’s pop­u­la­tion to poverty, under­nour­ish­ment, dis­ease and dis­em­power­ment. We also recog­nise that this situ­ation is improv­ing in some coun­tries as a res­ult of the phe­nom­enal growth of the mobile tele­phony ser­vices. This improve­ment in data access and con­nectiv­ity has cre­ated a wealth of oppor­tun­it­ies for entre­pren­eurs to engage in mobile-​based ser­vices deliv­ery business.


To be a lead­ing Centre of Excel­lence in the uses of ICT for development.


To provide an envir­on­ment that pro­motes tech­no­lo­gical innov­a­tion and provides busi­ness sup­port struc­tures and policy dir­ec­tion to har­ness the poten­tial of ICT as a genu­ine tool for sus­tain­able development.


In address­ing these emer­ging oppor­tun­it­ies and chal­lenges, the focus of @iLabAfrica is on ICT Research & Innov­a­tion, Entre­pren­eur­ship & Incub­a­tion and Policy Research.

ICT Innov­a­tion and Research:Entre­pren­eur­ship and Incub­a­tion:Policy Research:

The ICT Innov­a­tion and Research theme iden­ti­fies the tech­no­lo­gical innov­a­tions and solu­tions to be developed in address­ing pub­lic sec­tor issues such as health, edu­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture and capa­city build­ing in achiev­ing the MDGs.

The Entre­pren­eur­ship and Incub­a­tion theme seeks to provide a nur­tur­ing envir­on­ment that builds on the poten­tial of the youth to develop ICT solu­tions and SME busi­nesses that work for the com­mon good in soci­ety and reach the base of the pyramid.

The Policy Research theme focuses research on the uptake and impact of ICT bring­ing forth new solu­tions, tech­no­lo­gies, innov­a­tion mod­els that may require new policy dir­ec­tion to achieve their full potential.@iLabAfrica also brings the oppor­tun­ity of inter-​disciplinary research and devel­op­ment at Strath­more, lever­aging on the expert­ise of other Fac­ulties and Depart­ments in the Uni­ver­sity such as the Fac­ulty of Inform­a­tion Tech­no­logy, the School of Man­age­ment and Com­merce and the Strath­more Busi­ness School to provide train­ing in ICT, man­age­ment, entre­pren­eur­ship, fin­ance and com­pet­it­ive­ness, as well as facil­it­ate access to micro-​finance insti­tu­tions, ven­ture cap­it­al­ists and angel investors for play­ers in the ICT cluster.

In the past year, @iLabAfrica has been involved in a num­ber of Research Grant Pro­jects, Con­tract Pro­jects, Col­lab­or­a­tions and Part­ner­ships in the afore­men­tioned themes. These include: – See more at: http://www.ilabafrica.ac.ke/index.php/who-we-are#sthash.2d65SpLs.dpuf

  • A part­ner­ship with the lead­ing mobile ser­vice pro­vider in Kenya, Safar­icom, through the Safar­icom Academy.
  • Research for strong>Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics to improve their ‘Built for Africa’ range of con­sumer products.
  • The IDEA Found­a­tion (Nor­way) for the sup­port of its busi­ness incubator.
  • Google Inc. for exten­sion of our Mobile Boot­camp activ­it­ies to other towns out­side Nairobi and Kenya


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News and Updates @iLabAfrica


@iLabAfrica on 7th Dec. 2017 hosted a group of American academics, software engineers, and faculty members from Harvard University, Arizona State University and University of Washington.

The group lead by Prof. Gregg Pascal Zachary (back row-4th from right) of practice at Arizona State University in the School for the “Future of [...]

Wed, Dec 13, 2017, Continue reading at the source

@iLabAfrica held an Oracle Big Data training facilitated in partnership between @iLabAfrica's Industry Relations Team; @iLabAfrica's Data Science Team and Oracle Kenya.

The training focused on making the most of big data by analyzing high volume of data generated in different formats. The traught on how to acquire and organize diverse [...]

Wed, Dec 13, 2017, Continue reading at the source

The Tech Incubator has shortlisted 40 teams for the Kes 20 million Standard Chartered Women in Tech Incubator capacity building programme. The 40 have been shortlisted from more than 200 applications in the initiative targeting women-led start up teams of 2 – 3 people leveraging on technology as a [...]

Thu, Dec 07, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Program: IDEA Foundation Seed Stage Accelerator Cohort 2 2017

Deadline call for applications-30th November 2017


The IDEA Foundation Seed Stage Accelerator is a three months long incubation program that empowers entrepreneurs to launch globally scalable innovation-driven startups that solve relevant local challenges.


Selection-Our selection process is a unique full-day workshop and pitch presentation [...]

Mon, Nov 27, 2017, Continue reading at the source

A common saying among cybersecurity professionals' is that: There are two kinds of organizations in the world, those that know they have been hacked, and those that have been hacked and they don't know it yet.

In the 2015 annual Kenya cyber security report, Serianu consulting firm, observed that 7 [...]

Mon, Nov 27, 2017, Continue reading at the source