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.
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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@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 [...]
@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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]