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iHub By Rachel Gichinga / February 28, 2014

The Intel Galileo Challenge: Launching in JKUAT, KU and UoN


Intel® Galileo development board is an Arduino*-compatible development boards featuring Intel® architecture. The platform is easy to use for new designers and for those looking to take designs to the next level. To create the Intel Galileo development board, Intel and Arduino have come together in a collaboration to push the boundaries of technology, innovation, and creativity. We want to inspire the inventors and creators of the world—and help foster this community of makers.

To further spur innovation across the entire computing spectrum, Intel is providing 50,000 Intel® Architecture (IA) Arduino boards featuring the new Intel® Quark technology to universities worldwide. The new microcontroller boards, in the Arduino form factor favored by the maker community, will enable university students to innovate at the lower end of the spectrum with inventions that will be compatible with other IA devices in the Internet of Things.

The program includes the following available to a university at no cost:

  • Intel® Galileo boards—the first IA-based Arduino boards
  • An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Arduino on IA
  • Access to the Arduino on IA support community featuring community support.
  • Additional technical support if needed will be provided for the software environment by Arduino and for the hardware environment from Intel.

Galileo Arduino

Thousands of boards have already been shipped to over four hundred universities globally (with a target of 1000), including three in Kenya under the management of iHub Robotics – the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.  These three universities have been selected to participate in the Intel Galileo Challenge.

The Intel Galileo Challenge consists of two parts:

  1. The Boot Camp: This will introduce the Intel Galileo development board as a platform that the university students can use to develop their technical and critical thinking skills, explore open hardware and software tools and prototype their creative and innovative ideas. The plan is to run 5-8 hour training sessions in each of the participating universities (UON, KU and JKUAT). During these sessions the students will be given an introduction to the board and will be taken through a number of hands-on sessions that will allow them to explore various functions of the board. The participating students will be split into groups, each with a board to work with.
  2. The Competition: At the end of each Boot Camp session, the students will be challenged to come up with projects around the Intel Galileo that will be entered into an Inter-University competition. These projects should fall under the grand challenges of water, food, agriculture, security and waste. The Inter-University competition is aimed to challenge students to apply and extend themselves in the fields of embedded computing and automation systems as well as robotics. Their application areas should then strive to solve some of the problems faced by different societies and communities within Kenya. The competing student groups will work on the projects until 31st March. Submissions will be in the form of uploaded documentation onto knowable, an online hardware showcasing platform.

Basic components (e.g. Breadboard, LEDs, resistors, AWG wire, transistors, etc) will be provided for each project. However, if the students require components outside the ones provisioned for, they will be expected to procure them at their own cost. It is expected that each group provides extensive documentation in the form of videos, images and textual documentation on their project, with indications of any and all additional costs.

The competition will ultimately culminate in a project showcase and presentation at the iHub on the 5th of April. The winning team will then be announced and the grand prizes, Asus Fonepads, will be awarded. Intel branded merchandise will also be awarded to the first and second runners up.

The dates set for the bootcamps at each of the universities are as follows:

  • 6th March – University of Nairobi
  • 7th March – Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • 8th March – Kenyatta University

Sign up here to participate in the Intel Galileo Challenge.

Galileo what will you create

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Author : Rachel Gichinga

  • BOB RAPHTONE AFWATA at 23:36:03PM Friday, February 28, 2014

    Wooh finaly intel galileo has reached kenya am so greatful and have already signed up also the publicity in ku is well done i cant wait to be part of the competition

  • william mashuga at 21:40:38PM Saturday, March 1, 2014

    i am looking forward to meeting u guys.
    qwery:..if i am a first year student can i still participate ,coz we have just started on java recently

  • Ng'esh at 09:32:40AM Monday, March 3, 2014

    Hi William,

    Just having the general knowledge of programming will work especially C language.

  • Wachira at 11:00:40AM Monday, March 3, 2014

    Hi William,
    As mentioned by Ng’esh, a grasp of general programming language principles (esp. functional programming) will definitely be of benefit, but is not a requirement for participation.

  • Neville at 12:10:16PM Monday, March 3, 2014

    Awesome! I run an IT club in one of the jkuat campuses in nairobi (JKUAT KAREN), i was wondering are you free to patner up and teach us.

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  • dennis mwasela at 22:31:55PM Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    hey guys, im also an IT enthusiast, am just a form four leaver, but i ive worked with adruino boards, but the complete robopacks ones which you can download code online and feed it to the board through an inbuilt usb port for the predesigned robots which i just assemble. i have no knowledge of C but would really like to learn it so i can generate by own code, i have quite a background with vb and vba. anybody outthere willing to take me through this journey please email me at

  • Michael Munyua Waititu at 15:11:26PM Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Looking forward to the event…

  • Odawa at 00:09:44AM Saturday, April 5, 2014

    finally the day is here. I can’t wait to grace this golden occasion. ihub we are coming. bigups Intel
    this must have greater ramifications deep into the root of university learning even as far as engineering profession is concerned.


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