30 Sep

On the Friday of September 26, 2014, in an event that led to particular technologically innovative students winning Intel’s enviable Android-powered devices as well as deals, an impressive number of university students from different parts of the country were gathered at a University of Nairobi‘s undergraduate lab, listening as well as organizing their technological applications to meet the selection criteria for the competition.

Yet the following were the judging criteria: –interface. How does it look? Is the app difficult to use? On the criteria of relevance, the judge was to find out the following: is the app relevant? Does it address any realistic need or situation? Is the app downloadable?

Coming to Nativity, is the app a native ‘Android’ or a ‘Dalvik’ one? Further, if the app showed many errors on an ‘Appthwack Test’, it could well be the reason many of the apps were not selected. Lastly, after rating the student’s presentation skills, the person would qualify or not qualify for a handsome reward.

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Part of the innovative student team gathered at the SCI undergraduate lab as competitors for the top prize.

But what exactly was at stake at the one-day event? The exceptional student app developer stood a golden chance to “win cool devices with Intel inside, get app marketing deals, interact with ICT professionals, and much more”.

The ‘Intel Inter-university App Challenge 2014’ is part of Intel East Africa’s aim to ” help software and programme developers in East Africa benefit directly from Intel Software and Services Group (SSG),” reveals an Intel’s event registration page.

Moreover, “with Kenya the first African beneficiary of the investment, the initiative will provide the creation of programmes to help Kenyan software developers design tools and resources and receive expert consulting”.

Intel Software and Services Group is again expected to ” enable Kenyan developers to engage with more than 20,000 independent software vendors (ISV) worldwide through a collaborative online application and software development community dubbed ‘Intel Developer Zone’ “.

With this, according to an event poster available on eventbrite.com, “local innovation will be enhanced and tools provided to developers to enable them create applications with rich user experience on devices running on Intel Technology”.

Meanwhile, before the top students were announced, the following caliber of apps were judged: XOXO, a social media app; Pupil Quiz, a primary school exam-testing app; Stimalite, an electricity supply interruption notification app; Inventory App, for business and accounting; My Schedule, for time management; Sheng App, for Kiswahili slang, among others.

Eventually, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) produced the overall best as well as the third best student software developer . The University of Nairobi’s superb student would be second place. The award winning ceremony was crowned with a trophy for the ‘Best University’ going to JKUAT.

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 The winning students share the glory with the judges.

 

 

About the Writer

Moses Omusolo is the Social Media Manager, C4DLab.