Kibera School for Girls pay AkiraChix a visit

3 years down the line of AkiraChix activities, we’ve dived into mentoring high school girls, and are now expanding that horizon to young girls in primary school. Remember us visiting the Kibera School for  girls a few weeks back? Well, last Friday, they returned the favor :).

AkiraChix organized for girls in 3rd and 4th grade to come over to the building that oozes technology from top to bottom: Bishop Magua Centre.First stop was the new AkiraChix training program class venue.The Kibera students got to see what the training program students were learning at that time. It was amazing to see two different generations of future women in tech interacting with each other.

Two generations of future women in tech

From there, the girls got to visit the iHub UX Lab, Ushahidi, iHub Research, MLab East Africa, iHub and the Nailab as well.

Emmanuel Kala, from Ushahidi, talks to the students about his work

iHub Research meets Kibera School for girls

During our last visit to Kibera, we talked alot about what’s been happening in the tech space, and presented opportunities available for the girls in future, but felt that it would only be fitting to have these students see for themselves, and get to interact with the different tech companies and tech leaders in Nairobi.

Thank you! :)

AkiraChix is grateful to the entire iHub and tech fraternity within Bishop Magua for their warm and welcome response to the girls visit, despite being ambushed, and for allowing the girls to interact with them. The AkiraChix team as well as the Kibera School for Girls students and faculty are extremely grateful :).

Photos from the visit will be made available soon.

MsemaKweli Wins AppCircus Nairobi

Kenya’s first ever AppCircus event was held on Saturday, hosted by AkiraChix and the iHub. AppCircus is a global traveling showcase of the most creative and innovative apps. Twelve finalists were given the chance to pitch their mobile applications to the eager audience.

Isaac Osiemo Winner of AppCircus with the MsemaKweli App

The overall winner was Msema Kweli, a mobile app that helps keep track of Community Development Fund Projects. It uses data made available by the Kenyan government through the Open Data initiative to track spending and progress by constituency. Users can then report and comment on the projects. The jury was impressed by the potential for the app to be used as a powerful citizen tool for transparency and accountability for any community and/or development project.

First Runners Up - Martin Kasomo of the Hewa App

The first runner up was Hewa,  a cloud-based, mobile music marketing and distribution platform for Kenyan artists and record labels to sell their music online. The jury was impressed by the ease of use of the mobile app and its attempt to tackle the problem of local music distribution in Kenya.

Second Runners up - Bernard Adongo of NikoHapa

The second runner up was NikoHapa, a customer engagement application for businesses that allows users to “check-in” to business and receive promotions. Judges were impressed by the social aspect of the app that allowed users to share news and check-ins.

The judges making the 'DECISION'

The jury was made up of a number of noted professionals in Kenya’s tech community – Dr. Joseph Sevilla of Strathmore University, Annie Njenga of Nokia, Idd Salim of Symbiotic, Alex Anderson of Frontline SMS and Maria Langat of AkiraChix. The judges were very impressed by the quality of the apps presented. They judged the applications based on the problem being solved, financial viability, scalability and user experience.

A section of the attendees

Post by Maria Langat

 

IPO48 winners: Akirachix going places

A group of Akirachix members won the first ever IPO48 competition that was held from 29th – 31st, a 48hr marathon to come up with applications. The girls came up with M-Farm, an innovative application that connects farmers, with suppliers, agrovets and cooperatives. Through the application, farmers get current market
prices , that are compared with market prices in other regions.

Linda listening to a presentation

 Susan and Jamilla working on the app

The Akirachix team consisting of Jamila, Susan , Kate , Linda and Nana said after they were declared the winners “We are excited that after 48hours , we were able to come up with M-Farm, and are going to develop it even further. It was a great opportunity to work together as a team… ” The judges voted for M-Farm unanimously, describing the
application as innovative, and a welcome product to the Kenyan market.

The team is looking forward to working together in the next coming months to launch M-Farm to the market. Speaking at the beginning of the presentation, Jamila said, “We are here for the farmers, and we care about them. Therefore we are developing M-Farm to enable the farmers to be aware of the current market prices,
and thus make decisions on buying and selling based on accurate market prices. ”

The winning team: Jamilla, Susan, Kate, Nana and Linda (not in the pic)

Follow M-Farm on facebook, and twitter. You can also see a video of the presentation here.

Akirachix is proud of the  M-farm team and we wish them the very best in this new and exciting venture.

AKISHIKA LAUNCH

JOURNEY TO THE LAUNCH

The AkiraChix team, led by the president arrived early at the Craft Silicon campus in preparation for the akishika launch.

The venue went from this

Plain tent

To this

Much Better

With the PA system in check, banners up and sits arranged in order, it was time to wait for the guests, students and parents to arrive. In the meantime, we decided to bond and reflect on the project.

THE LAUNCH

With everybody on their sits, the MC ‘s of the day Jamila kicked off the event. Got a brief Introduction by Judy on then Linda introduced the Akishika project. John from Shika introduced his team.

Enough with the speeches, it was time for some entertainment, and the students did not disappoint.

There were  some lightening talks from the invited guests.

Gladys from computer aid gave the students some words of encouragement.

Catherine Nyambala from STEM Africa spoke on mentorship, opportunities and job placement.

Kaburo Kobia – Kenya ICT Board speaking on the grants, % of women who applied and using AkiraChix to reach their goal of targeting 30% of women

Priya, CEO and founder of Craft Silicon foundation speaking on the project and the partnership between AkiraChix and Shika.

Finally, the Akishika project was launched.

The Students

For more photos from the event, visit our Picasa Web Album photostream or this facebook album(via Infoafricanow Africa’s Web directory).