This week…Kenyan tech stories around the web
Silicon Valley Wannabe!
Start with Larry Madowo on Business Daily who enjoyed himself touring Silicon Valley with ICT Board officials
Kenya’s message to the academia and diaspora community at Stanford was fairly straightforward: We’re here to work with you. “Hopefully we can create relationships and linkages with Stanford, Berkeley and with any other so we can deepen research and continue to supply ICT with relevant talent,” said board Deputy CEO Eunice Kariuki.
Mobile screen is the only screen most of us know
Frank Maina on Star is telling the story of the mobile screen in Africa:
The mobile phone is rapidly changing in importance, last week Africa officially became the second fastest growing mobile market after Asia, during the weekend of the 26th of November, Nigeria became the largest African market by mobile impressions for ad network InMobi.
They are coming for you…better own up now
Moses Kemibaro of Moseskemibaro.com discovered Microsft ad on the papers and the website BuyGenuine.co.ke:
In yesterday’s Daily Nation. Microsoft had a full page ad for its anti piracy campaign in Kenya with the Kenya Copyright Board (KCB). The web site for the the campaign is BuyGenuine.co.ke and it has some of the details about this initiative.
What is important for all businesses to note is that the amnesty period for pirated Microsoft software is just around the corner as it ends on the 15th December 2011. Thereafter, with the backing of the KCB, Microsoft will be going after businesses who are NOT using genuine Microsoft software and the penalties are significant.
Innovation Time in Africa
From the site which has given me a chance to write for them Will Mutua is talking innovation:
There’s no innovation without inspiration. Inspiration is the spark that ignites innovation. And inspiration can come from all sorts of places. From things that are just cool, to things that solve real human needs. All the same it’s hard to build something innovative without genuine, ‘original’, inspiration – which can sometimes be hard to come by. In Africa, perhaps much of the inspiration would come from our immediate environment – things that could be done better, real problems faced by people every day.
From techweez, Martin Gicheru is all about numbers :
Getting Kenya Business Online, a project launched on my birthday, September 12 at the Gkenya event in a partnership by Google, Safaricom and Equity Bank has announced the figures of the active users of the platform. There are currently over 11000 small and medium sized businesses on the GKBO (Getting Kenya Businesses Online) platform. That is a huge uptake on the free platform who’se aim is to make Kenyan Businesses more visible online.
And the winner is ….
It was the week for the CIO100.. Dennis Mbuvi on the winners
Kenya Education Network (KENET) are this years winners of the prestigious CIO 100 Annual Awards. KENET offers Internet connectivity to educational institution in addition to linking them with a research network. The CIO East Africa CIO 100 annual awards recognise institutions that deploy ICT in an innovative manner while bringing out business value at the same time. KENET’s entry into the awards . The award was issued on Wednesday evening at a special gala and dinner ceremony hosted by CIO East Africa at the Safari Park Hotel.
The big Launch
Virtual city launched Apps store and the story on that is coming up right here…