Samsung Electronics East Africa has today unveiled six androids apps developed locally by Kenya’s Strathmore IT students, following a partnership research project with the University.
The newly launched apps, that will be available on the Samsung app store in one week’s time, are part of the program that saw the global electronics giant work closely with Strathmore’s iLab Africa to train and nurture students to come up with localized android applications.
Samsung Electronics East Africa Chief Operating Officer, Robert Ngeru had this to say: “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 app developers on the android platform have equal access to other global developers to show case their solutions on the Samsung apps store which is a gateway to global technology entrepreneurship.”
The apps launched include:-
- ‘Kenya Law Reports Application’ which allows lawyers and the general public access information such as the constitution, updates on case files, schedule of court cases and the law of Kenya
- The Pharmaceutical Poisons Board App, that allows the public to easily recognize and report side effects on drugs, while also providing a platform to locate and engage a registered pharmacist among other uses.
- The ‘Strathmore Business School App’ which enables them to easily manage their lecture sessions, study group schedules and download lecture content and assignments from the SBS e-learning system. This application also always copy write protection and can be adapted to suit any college and curriculum.
- The ‘Church Application’ which enables users to access general Christian information of people sharing their favorite scriptures, what they like about being a Christian, etc
- ‘Kitoweo African Cuisine’ App which provides recipes of African foods.
The partnership is part of Samsung’s business growth strategy for Kenya and the rest of Africa, which is based on creating an entrepreneurial attitude among the Kenyan youth in the ICT sector.
Through this strategy, Samsung Electronics has put a keen focus on education, strategically seen through the Samsung Engineering Academy which has to date trained thousands of students regionally, providing them with a platform to start their ICT enterprises. The Samsung Digital Village also utilizes solar powered solutions to deliver e-learning and business solutions.
Strathmore University Director for iLab Africa, Dr. Joseph Sevilla said: “The changing business ecosystem calls for innovation among the players, as people constantly seek out the best value for money, user experience and mobile utility.”