Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, in conjunction with iHub will for the second year sponsor the Mobile Garage Students Exhibition; Hackathon for 200 programmers, computer scientists, software engineers, and web developers drawn from universities and colleges across the country. The winner of the Hackathon will win the best mobile app prize, from Samsung Kenya.
This year’s hackathon will run under the theme "Solutions for the Next Billion mobile users" and is organised by Akirachix’, a women group that undertakes technology training. This event will provide a platform for networking opportunities, coding practice, and competition for young upcoming techies at the iHub Nairobi; an incubation space for tech entrepreneurs.
“Apart from the hackathon, this will be a brilliant learning opportunity for the participants, since it will incorporate a panel of re-known entrepreneurs who will talk of their failure stories and lessons learnt. This is a platform where the students can hear of the reality of entrepreneurship and the challenges in the journey. They will have an opportunity to ask the entrepreneurs how they overcame their challenges,” Said Samsung Electronics East Africa HHP Business Leader, Manoj Changarampatt.
And added: At Samsung Electronics, we maintain a policy geared at promoting mutual growth with our stakeholders through our corporate vision of “Leading Digital Convergence Innovation”. This policy particularly highlights the need to collaborate with progressive organisations to promote mutual interests. Samsung will consider the winning Apps for listing on the Samsung Apps store. However, such Apps would need to meet a global audience threshold.This is the essence of our support to the annual Hackathon”.
Since its founding in 2010, Akirachix has sought to bring women into technology by collaborating with Nairobi high schools. They also teach courses in computers, web design, programming, and entrepreneurship to girls from Kibera. Some of the programme's graduates now work at tech start-ups and major mobile accounting firm.
A 2010 Intermedia survey found that Kenyan women own and use mobile phones much less than men, and have significantly less Internet access. Furthermore, few women attend Hackathons or enrol in university tech programmes.
The collaboration between Samsung and the industry stakeholders is, geared at boosting local technology entrepreneurship prospects. Samsung Electronics East Africa will continue providing support to local developers to enable them commercially deploys their applications on the popular Android platform.
Our support will involve hosting commercially viable applications covering a wide range of categories on the Samsung Apps Store, which comes as a standard feature on all Samsung Smartphones. Apps offered for sale at the Samsung Apps store are priced in the local currency concluded Ngeru
The Samsung App store, is accessed by millions of mobile phone subscribers’ globally seeking to download quality android applications in diverse categories such as Entertainment, Education, Games, Lifestyle, Travel and Productivity among others. Kenyan Application developers on the Android platform therefore, have equal access to other global developers to showcase their solutions on the Samsung Apps store which is a gateway to global tech-preneurship