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iHub By John Kieti / October 28, 2011

Free Mobile Application Development Training at AITEC East Africa Summit


The AITEC East Africa Summit on ICT will be on Wednesday  2nd and Thursday 3rd Novemer 2011 at Oshwal Centre in Nairobi. The conference is intended to  be “a multi-faceted event that will draw together the many strands of a vibrant growth market, underpinning high-level business-to-business services with widespread consumer engagement in modern mobile applications and electronics”. The event targets both businesses and consumers with an aim to fast-track East Africa’s emergence as a world-class information-based economic region.

AITEC East Africa ICT Summit; 2-3 November 2011; Oshwal Centre - Nairobi

Attending the conference is FREE OF CHARGE. It will have three tracks namely :- Cloud Computing World, Data Security World and Mobile Applications World. The Mobile applications track includes a mobile applications pavilion where over 20 developers and entrepreneurs will showcase their mobile applications and services. The plenary sessions include a line up of reknown speakers such as Ushahidi  and iHub’s Erik Hersman, Web Foundation’s Franco Papeschi, Ken Mwenda from eMobilis and John Waibochi from multiple award winning Virtual City. Other Speakers will be the ICT Board’s Paul Kukubo, Pesapal’s Agosta Liko among others.

As mobile innovation partners, m:lab East Africa and iHub will be facilitating to showcase some of East Africa’s most promising mobile applications and services at the mobile pavilion. In addition, m:lab East Africa will be conducting short one hour trainings on various mobile application development platforms and concepts. The objective of the short trainings is “to offer 1 hour introductory training sessions for sharing key concepts on where to start and what to consider in developing mobile applications and services in East Africa”

The program below applies for the FREE one hour primer sessions :-

Day 1: Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Topic Time Facilitator
Connecting your brand to the Millions 11.00 – 12.00pm Nokia
iOS – Developing for the iPhone/iPad 12.30 – 1.30pm Will Mutua
J2ME – Developing for the feature phone 2.30 – 3.30pm Dickson Nganga
Developing and Deploying SMS services 4.00 – 500pm Eric Mutuku

Day 2: Thursday 3rd November 2011

Topic Time Facilitator
Developing for Android 11.00 – 12.00pm Dickson Nganga
Developing for the Mobile Web 12.30 – 1.30pm Eric Mutuku
User experience considerations for mobile start-ups – A taster 2.30 – 3.30pm Franco Papeschi
Developing and Deploying USSD Services 4.00 – 5.00pm Eric Mutuku

The short training primers are also aimed at helping aspiring mobile application developers to better prepare to apply for m:lab East Africa’s competitive four month long mobile application developer training program. Currently a group of 20 trainees are undertaking the second wave of such trainings subsidized by a grant from World Bank/infoDev. The third wave of training is expected to start in January 2012 and the call for applications will be made on the website in December 2011. For more information on the training, interested parties may write to training <at> or to tweet @mlabeastafrica.

Author : John Kieti

John Kieti is the Lead at m:lab East Africa. He is an exponent for mobile entrepreneurship and an experienced m4d professional. John is passionate about the growth of East Africa's knowledge economy. He holds an MBA and BSc in Computer Science. He also occasionally shares his thoughts about East Africa's knowledge economy on his blog -

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