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m:lab training session

iHub By Jessica Colaço / December 9, 2011

Call for Applications for 3rd Wave of m:lab Training Now Open


A core focus of m:lab’s operations is on training in mobile application development with an intent to catalyze operations of a mobile economy.

The m:lab has successfully undertaken 2 cycles of training this year and today we’re opening up applications for the 3rd wave of training which will begin in January 2012.

The details of the training are as follows:

Costs / Tuition Fee Structure:

  • infoDev Subsidy over KSh.90,000,

  • Non-refundable Commitment fee KSh. 5,000

  • Refundable deposit KSh. 5,000 (based on attendance history)

  • Total Cost Over Ksh. 100,000 (including infoDev Subsidy)

NB: Accepted students will only pay KSh. 10,000 for the course

Overview of Course Content (subject to improvement)

USSD, Android, Nokia Technologies, J2ME, PHP, mysql, LWUIT, Mobile Web – HTML5 & CSS3, IVR, User Experience Design, Business for Mobile, SMS, Systems Design

Eligibility criteria

  1. Must have completed a degree program (evidence = final year transcript or degree certificate)

  2. Must be available on a full time basis from 9.30am to 3.30pm for 4 months.
    Evaluation and Selection Criteria

    The selection panel for submitted applications will consider the following criteria
    1. Familiarity with technology, platforms and programming languages

    2. Accomplishments

    3. Demonstrated interest and motivation

    4. Academic background and performance

    5. General Presentation

    To apply, go over to and click the banner to apply or go directly to that applications page here.

    Applications submission deadline is 12 noon, 9th January 2012.

    Author : Jessica Colaço

    Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

    • Caleb koech at 18:08:07PM Tuesday, December 13, 2011

      Wat of if incase am stil in campus now n am hnterested

    • jamal at 14:14:38PM Thursday, December 15, 2011

      this is a good opportunity.can someone with a bachelor of commerce degree apply for this course of mobile application.pls advice.thanks.

    • John Kieti at 08:44:21AM Tuesday, January 3, 2012

      Hi Jamal, indeed someone with a Bcom may apply.

    • Moses Muchemi at 11:09:32AM Friday, January 6, 2012

      some of us dont have papers but can code better than most of campus these requirements lock out many of us..i think the entry exam shud just screen for familiarity and passion for programming

    • Daniel Nanghaka at 10:37:46AM Monday, January 9, 2012


      When will the training start because it is intended to start from January to April but the dates have not yet been assigned.

    • John Kieti at 10:56:28AM Monday, January 9, 2012

      @Nanghaka Thanks for the observation. The training starts 23rd Jan and lasts 4 months.
      @Moses Thanks. Thats a very useful observation. There are ongoing plans to address that, for now the requirement is set to help us manage the demand. In future we will be trying to address that and the fact that some of the most successful apps are being done by 15year olds.
      @Caleb The problem is you will find it very difficult to juggle between campus coursework and m:lab training. We had difficulties with our first wave of trainees that tried juggling the two – learnt a few lessons in that.



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