Six JKUAT students shine at the MIT AITI 2009 training

Six JKUAT students drawn from the Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology beat many contestants drawn from all Kenyan Universities and other institutions of higher learning in the country in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Africa Information Technologies Initiative (MIT AITI) mobile phone software application development competition held at Strathmore University, Monday July 20, 2009.

The six are Mercy Ayoma ( JKUAT, Nairobi Campus), Samuel Kamochu ( JKUAT, Main Campus), Beryl Akullah (JKUAT, Main Campus), John Chege Njiu (JKUAT, Main campus), Jane Mwende (JKUAT, Main Campus) and Morgan Chirchir (JKUAT, Main Campus). Other winners were Simon Ndunda (University of Nairobi), Andrew Kibuswa (Moi University).

The students were recognized by being awarded other certificates besides certificates of completion. Samuel Kamochu (Computer Science) was awarded a Certificate of Excellence and the WINNER Certificate. Mercy Ayoma (Computer Technology) was awarded a Certificate of Diligence and WINNER Certificate. Bery Akullah (Computer Science) John Chege Njiu (Computer Technology) were awarded Certificate of Distinction. Jane Mwende (Computer Science) and Morgan Chirchir (Mathematics and Computer Science) were awarded a Certificate of Diligence.

The Certificate of Distinction was awarded to participant who started the training with little knowledge in java but they did great things at the end. Certificate of Diligence was awarded to participants who were very hardworking and never gave up and did all lab

AITI is a student-run organization of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that promotes development in Africa through education in appropriate information and communication technologies (ICTs). During MIT’s summer recess, AITI sends MIT students to Africa to teach African undergraduate and high school students. AITI partners with local African institutions to offer training focused on mobile phone application development with an emphasis on independent research, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship. AITI helps organize and deliver the training. At the end students get knowledge to develop real-world mobile applications targeted to the African market.

In addition to the mobile application programming technical curriculum, the training seeks to build entrepreneurial skills by incorporating guest lecturers with expertise in the Kenyan technology market, mobile challenges, a group mobile application project, and a business plan competition. The program also has a vibrant web community for the students and instructors. This community allows the participants to post or answer questions, evaluate the class, search and post job openings, and search for course materials.

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