Mobile applications developers who have successfully published their Apps on Microsoft store are entitled to 70% of revenue generated from downloads of such applications. This was said by Kunle Awosika, Microsoft Country Manager, Kenya, Friday May 16, when he held talks with Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga at JKUAT. This move, according to Kunle, aims to promote and inspire creativity and innovation among Kenyan developers towards developing solutions to social-economic challenges facing the country.
Kunle noted that JKUAT students have demonstrated high level creativity and innovation, with a number of apps developed by the students currently available on Microsoft store.
‘For the last two years, your students have won Kenya Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition. The 2013 winner proceeded to represent the country at the global competition in St. Petersburg, Russia,’ Kunle told Prof. Imbuga
Welcoming the official to JKUAT, the Vice Chancellor, said that the University has instituted a culture of innovation and creativity among the students and staff, besides staging the annual Tech Expo, a platform where students showcase their innovations.
‘As a university, we have been incubating some of the innovations by the students but the numbers are astronomical for the University to finance,’ Prof. Imbuga noted. ‘I believe our partnership with Microsoft will give even more students opportunity to hone their innovations’.
Prof. Imbuga added that by hosting Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI), JKUAT was centrally placed to work with Microsoft to spur uptake and integration of ICT not just in Kenya, but also in Africa.
‘Working with us means reaching out to Africa, and we welcome professionals from Microsoft to come on board as adjunct lecturers or visiting scholars to share industry experiences with our students and staff,’ averred Imbuga.
Besides graduate and summer internships programmes, Microsoft also offer a number of platforms like virtual academy and advanced technology labs all of which are critical in training and research for students. Dream Spark, another programme by the company, equips students with software design, development and testing tools.
By collaborating with Microsoft, JKUAT aims to leverage on these novel platform to foster research and training in thematic areas.