Huawei and Safaricom have awarded winning android applications for the inaugural inter-universities Huawei Android Applications Challenge (HAAC) under the Telecom Seed for the Future programme.
The programme was launched by the two companies and three Kenya-based universities – Moi, Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta- in June 2011.
Since the signing of the MoU June last year, over 87 students have received training at Huawei’s East Africa training center; another 32 students have undergone internship while 5 have been employed by Huawei.
“Huawei Android Applications Challenge awards are an important milestone in the country’s ICT industry efforts to create linkages with learning institutions, and our partnership with local universities in pursuit to increase knowledge transfer to bridge the digital divide, which is a key pillar to Huawei’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy,” said Li Dafeng, Huawei East and South Africa region president.
“We will continue to identify opportunities for collaboration with other ICT solution providers and institutions of higher learning to support the development of relevant Kenyan applications content. This will in turn improve the uptake of data services in this market,” said Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore.
The challenge whose theme was ‘Enriching Life Through Communications’ attracted applications in Education, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Health, Farming, among others.
The winning applications were as follows:
KaroPay- This is an app that will enable students and parents to pay fees at the convenience of mobile phones. This they can do from their Android or Java-enabled phones, and using the following payment methods – MPESA, Bank account, Airtel Money, Yu Cash, among others. The developer is MASAI ABEL JEVAYI from JKUAT University. The award includes a training gift voucher for mobile entrepreneurship workshop, Huawei S7 Slim, laptop with Kshs 50,000
- Ifuel Mobile Application-Ifuel acronym for Intelligent or smart fueling is a mobile application solution to act as a fuel station informer and locator, pump prices comparator. Features in the application include fuel station location Google maps, report falsified information, auto refresh data and cheap deal in all fuels. It is available in Android application, SMS and USSD. The developer is Kelvin M. Mwendwa from Moi University. The award includes a training gift voucher for mobile entrepreneurship workshop, Huawei S7 Slim, laptop with Kshs 30,000
- Smart Milk Collection Clerk- this application seeks to inform and manage data on collection for dairy companies and to the farmer. It is available in Android application and gives sms updates. The developers are Waweru Gatuhu and Nkonge Cleopha from Moi University. The award includes a training gift voucher for mobile entrepreneurship workshop, Huawei S7 Slim with Kshs 20,000.
- Dr. Sider – this is an interactive Mobile Patient information, recording and feedback system . This is a life changing tool that will help drug users in reporting the side effects of specific drugs using mobile phones. The app has many features of the locations, multimedia feedback of side effects. It is available in Android application and gives sms updates. The developer are Paul Njoroge Kimani and Moses Mwangi Ndungu from Nairobi University. The award includes a training gift voucher for mobile entrepreneurship workshop, Huawei X5 with Kshs 15,000.
- Manyatta – This mobile application gives a chance to property owners to upload their property and also to those who are searching to view property. This game changing tool provides a virtual meeting point for real estate dealers and prospective buyers. The developer is Shihembetsa Edna Mugoshi from JKUAT. The award includes a training gift voucher for mobile entrepreneurship workshop, Huawei X5 with Kshs 10,000