JKUAT Intel Student Ambassadors have re-asserted their information and communication technology application versatility by scooping the Best Inter University Intel App Challenge Trophy (2014) at the just concluded Inter University App Challenge organized by the Intel Corporation East Africa.
This year’s Intel Inter University App Challenge held on September 26, attracted over 35 teams, including 9 from JKUAT who made it to the competition which also drew other teams from the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Multi Media University, Technical University of Kenya, Egerton and Moi universities, among others.
Speaking during the presentation of the Intel App Challenge Trophy to the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Bettirose Ngugi who was accompanied by Julius Munene, and James Gachie, said “out of the 35 teams that participated, ten (10) were shortlisted out of which, five (5) were from JKUAT.”
During the hotly contested challenge, JKUAT teams clinched the position one and three respectively, thus emerging the Best University at the Intel Challenge.
The two outstanding teams with winning Apps from JKUAT were: Simon Muthemba’s whose app christened: Stima Lite, scooped position one, and Kobi Momanyi and Timothy Maina’s Fish Hunt app, which took third position.
The Stima Lite app gives updates on normal disruption of electricity transmission to different parts of the country, while the Fish Hunt is an entertainment app in form of a game.
Congratulating the student Ambassadors for their towering achievement, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga told the students who were accompanied by Michael Waititu and Calvin Kebati that “the University is very proud of you, as young people, for the glory and profile your achievement has brought to JKUAT.”
The Vice Chancellor pledged continued support to the students’ innovative and creative exploits and further urged them to maintain the winning spirit and be good ambassadors of the University in all their creative and innovative endeavours.
The Intel Challenge required students to develop applications using Intel Development Environments (IDE). The apps so developed, are uploaded to the Intel Appstore for utilization as entertainment apps or productivity tools in business management, and security alerts among others.
The App Challenge was facilitated by Intel Corporation and coordinated by respective Intel Student Ambassadors across universities in Kenya.