Jomo Kenyatta University students emerged tops in the Nokia QT Hackathon competition that ended in Nairobi, Sunday June 24 2012. Mike Kivuvia , a Third Year Computer Technology student developed an application, SkinSwap, which allows one to theme (phone background look and feel) own phone based on themes (background images) of various wild animals. He walked away with KSh. 1,000,000.
Matu Jotham, a Third Year Information Technology student, came in third with his application Quickdrums, a musical beat sequencing that helps users create musical beats.
Other innovations developed by JKUAT students that were among the top 13 winners included MyBike, a sporting application that allows cyclists to monitor speed while History Management and PeopleAround, combines Foursquare and Facebook features to help one see ‘which of your friends are near to you’.
The Nokia Hackathon is annual event now in its second year of implementation attracted 120 developers drawn from the east Africa region including students from three of Kenya’s public Universities – JKUAT, University of Nairobi and Moi University respectively. The participants lined up a total of 75 innovations and only 14 applications made it to the shortlist.