2012 was a phenomenal year for Microsoft. We released many new products, and most importantly we re-imagined Windows – the most popular operating system ever. We also released Windows Phone 8 which is expected by analysts to have the highest growth rate in the coming years.
With the start of the New Year, one of our resolutions is to keep our commitment towards the developer community in Africa. And with the new era of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 stores, we decided to revive Mobile Monday to show Kenyan developers how to build the best apps for the fastest growing app store which is Windows Phone 8.
However, the story doesn’t end here because Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps have a lot of similarities and a lot of shared code base. Therefore, we will give you a glimpse into how easy it is to build Windows 8 apps too. We will also have a cool demo of Kinect, which has changed the way people play games and experience entertainment
Join us on Monday, 21st of January from 6 – 8 pm at the iHub in a journey of development for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, along with announcements for startups and students plus a quick look at Kinect.
Register now - the seats are limited.
Join us on the 30th of January at the iHub for our first MOMO meet up of 2012. We will be having a presentation by Dr. Zhen Liu, Head of Nokia Research Centre Growth Economies Lab, which has research teams in Beijing, Shenzhen, Bangalore and Nairobi. Please Register Here
Before joining Nokia, Zhen was with IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and served as the manager of System Analysis and Optimization group, and the senior manager of the Next Generation Distributed Systems department, and was a master inventor at IBM. Prior to this experience, Zhen worked in Orange Labs (formerly France Telecom R&D) as a Research Associate, and in INRIA (the French national research center on information and automation), first as a Researcher, then became a Research Director.
Continuing in the tradition of executing one of the best if not the best mobile tech events in East Africa, the AllAmber team led by Matthew Dawes are back with Mobile Web East Africa (MWEA) 2012 which will be held on February 22-23rd at the prestigious Southern Sun-May Fair hotel. I had the pleasure of attending and participating in a panel at the first MWEA event back in 2010, and this event is one you cannot afford to miss. This year MWEA takes at a notch higher with a speaker lineup that is worth it's weight in Gold. The speaker line up includes:
Emma Kaye, CEO, Bozza
Paul Kukubo, CEO, Kenya ICT Board
John Waibochi, CEO, Virtual City
Mark Kaigwa, Partner, Afrinnovator
Joseph Sevilla, Director, @iLabAfrica
Judith Owigar, President, Akirachix
Paul Stemmet, COO, World of Avatar
Neil Ahlsten, New Business Development – Africa, Google
This is one of the most dynamic speaker lineup we've seen in a long time, and is sure to keep the attendees well informed on the mobile industry not only in Kenya but in Africa as a general. Looking for inspiration to start that mobile business in Africa? then you want to listen to John Waibochi of Virtual City winners of the Nokia Grand Challenge Competition, wondering how small is the new big? Judith Owigar , President of Akirachix and winner of Anita Borg award, will tell you how a simple idea can became a community changer. In short this is an event you don't want to miss.
Smile it's Mobile Monday!!
After a 2 month break, Mobile Monday is back. Join us on the 21st of November at the iHub as we network with fellow mobile developers, and entrepreneurs. Our speaker will be:
- Mbugua Njihia – Symbiotic Media CEO will talk about Presentation Skills: How to sell your app
- Planet Rackus- Ma3Racer Game
Excellent opportunity to network with other mobile developers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts. If you've registered before for other events please go ahead and Register Again Here.
iHub - 4th Floor, Bishop Magua Centre George
Padmore Lane - Nairobi, Kenya
Monday, November 21, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
If you'd like to be present during the meet up in December please send us an email at email@example.com and we will set up a slot for you!
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Join us this Monday the 29th of August at the iHub for our next MOMO meet up. We have a special focus on Mobile Advertising and are pretty excited to have InMobi as our keynote speakers.
InMobi is the world’s largest independent mobile advertising network. With offices on four continents we provide advertisers, publishers and developers with a uniquely global solution for advertising. Ournetwork is growing and now delivers the unprecedented ability to reach 314 million consumers, in over 165 countries, through more than 36 billion mobile ad impressions monthly. InMobi was recently selected as the 2011 AlwaysOn Top 100 Mobile Companies in Silicon Valley.
We will also be getting an update on upcoming mobile apps as well as some of the awesome work being done by the Ushahidi mobile team.
- AppCircus Judith Owigar of AkiraChix
- Ushahidi Mobile Apps with the Ushahidi Team
- InMobi The Economics of Your Ad Supported Application Business with Terence Eden, Developer Community Manager, EMEA, InMobi
Excellent opportunity to network with other mobile developers,entrepreneurs and enthusiasts. If you’ve registered before for other events please go ahead and register again here http://momoke2908.eventbrite.com/ .If you’d like to be present during the meet up in September please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up a slot for you.
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The July Mobile Monday meet up had a great turn out with lots of new faces and lots of exciting stuff showcased. Here is a recap of what was covered during this July Mobile Monday Meet up. First up was Dale Zak who is the main developer of the Ushahidi iPhone and iPad mobile apps giving a presentation on Mobile Design Principles. Dale highlighted some of the important and simple design principles one should use regardless of the target platform. Some of the design principles he highlighted are :
- Simplicity- where each screen should focus on doing one task very well and less is more
- Familiarity- Users should instantly feel familiar to the application and tasks
- Consistency-this included have same color or font throughout the applications and using similar layout of the same buttons like cancel
- Fast-app should be quick to open, be responsive to actions and allow cancellation of actions
These are among some of the design principles that highlighted the effective use of interfaces to be used on small screens.
The next speaker was Comark Onami from Pamoja Media, a local company that offers Online Marketing, Creative Development (both Mobile and web) and Consulting. Comark presented Ukulima.net, an Open Mobile Social Network for Farmers.
Ukulima is Swahili for “Farming”
The platform is intended to provide market for the small scale farmers, making it easier for them to interact with their buyers. The services included. Comark highlighted that the platform is built on CodeIgniter which is an open source MVC framework. They have also created an API that allows developers to build applications on the Ukulima.net platform.
A few interesting questions were posted by the attendees i.e.
@jwesonga asked Is Ukulima.net competition for the M-Farm platform recently launched by IPO48 winners, Akirachix? Comark responded by pointing out that they view Ukulima.net as a complementary service to the M-Farm platform.
@torooti asked a question on how the platform would ensure that products ordered through it are actually delivered and whether the platform offered some form of guarantee against such occurences. Comark pointed out that in its current state the platform is not geared up for delivery and payments for products ordered, future iterations may incorporate this.
Some resources offered for this Ukulima challenge are:
Lastly we had a presentation from Isaak Osiemo a hilarious upcoming developer who talked about the MsemaKweli(Meaning telling the truth)android app, a constituency development fund (CDF) monitoring application. Hot on the heels of the recently launched Open Data Initiative (https://www.opendata.go.ke), the application is able to take photos, add comments and also share with 3rd party social network. This is not the first application of its kind, just recently Nokia launched a CDF monitoring app on the Ovi Store. The application though not similar to the MsemaKweli application in terms of functionality, also allows users to get data on CDF projects in a particular constituency.
To interact with the Beta version of the Msemakweli android app download by clicking here.
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Our exciting 3 part look at “Local Developers and their Successes” comes to an end on the 27th of June during our final Mobile Monday-Kenya meet up for this first half of 2011. It’s been and continues to be very exciting time to be involved in mobile tech and we trust that MOMO-Kenya has met all your expectations.
Join us next Monday and listening to some very insightful developer who are building some of the best mobile apps in Kenya:
- Whive – Winners in the Mobile Gaming, Entertainment and Utilities category of the just concluded Pivot25 competition By John Karanja
- Tuvitu– Tuvitu is no stranger to the MOMO community, it was first launched by Mbugua Njihia during our 2nd meet up . with Anthony Karanja
- Language Translation Apps-One of the best, light and fastest offline English Spanish translator. It translates English words and phrases to Spanish and Spanish words and phrases to English. This is a must have translator for all type of persons; students, professionals and others. Equipped with customized user settings and friendly user Interface making it one of the easiest Translators to use By Dadiaus Momanyi.
Excellent opportunity to network with other mobile developers,entrepreneurs and enthusiasts. If you’ve registered before for other events please go ahead and register again here or http://goo.gl/4uez0 .If you’d like to be present during the meet up in July please send us an email at email@example.com and we will set up a slot for you.
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Semacraft Consulting invites you to register for a workshop on Building a Business on Mobile Apps to be held in Nairobi, Kenya. June 13, 2011; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The workshop is based on research and insights gathered by the Semacraft team on the African market and will equip participants with the information they need to
- Understand a better way of market segmentation
- Ensure your app/service is relevant to the majority
- Identify the most optimal platforms to deliver their products
- Understand the prepaid economy and how it affects your business
It will be facilitated by Niti Bhan, Senior Partner – Global Insights at Semacraft currently based in Finland. Tickets here http://goo.gl/emxmi
is an mlab
initiative to bring focus on the Mobile developer and entrepreneur community in East Africa.m:lab East Africa is a consortium of four organizations aiming to be a leader in identifying, nurturing and helping to build sustainable enterprises in the knowledge economy.
The First East Africa Mobile Developer Challenge
– Come witness East Africa’s best Mobile Applications
Network with Industry Leaders –
Network with Government Stakeholders, Operators, Platform Developers, VAS Providers and Developers
Expand your Knowledge
– Of the latest Developer Trends and Platforms
Participate in the Fire-Side Chats
– Get the Opportunity to ask Regulators, Operators and Industry Leaders Questions in our Fire-side Chats
Get to hear from Prominent Speakers in the Mobile Developer Industry.
The Best SWAG
– As a valued Participant in the Conference and Competition Pivot25 and it’s sponsors are giving the best giveaways at the event….. Don’t Miss out!!