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What mentorship and guidance leads to…

As a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist in Kenya, I have been mentoring and working with engineering students over the last one year. In their own eyes, this is what they have done and achieved over the last one year:

Kids Hacker Camp – November Edition 2013 from iHubNairobi on Vimeo.

 

July Build Night with sugru!!

Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. They are partnering with sugru for the July 2013 build night. Sugru is the exciting new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It molds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. We received our batch 2 weeks ago via Fedex for the July Build Night at the iHub on the 27th of July from 5pm – 9pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be available courtesy of WMIAfrica.

We will spend the evening making exciting stuff from sugru  and even fixing thingsCome and meet amazing makers and hackers in Nairobi such as Elizabeth Ondula behind the Picocopter and Peter Maina. REGISTER NOW

 

THE RISE OF THE 254MAKERTRONS AND CHUMABOT I

As a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist in Kenya, I have been mentoring and working with a group of 4 students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Technical University of Kenya for the last 3 months. These students are passionate, inspirational and eager to learn. They are natural innovators and makers – Festus, Hezron, Elizabeth and Muuo.

From Left: Hezron, Festus and Elizabeth
Photocredit: Festus

In their own words:

“We coming up with a  ‘Picopter’  which  is  basically a quadcopter similar to all the other flying drones we’ve seen before with one important difference – all the processing, from reading the sensors to computing exactly how much power to give each motor – is handled by a Raspberry Pi.

Thus the Raspberry Pi acts as the central “Brain” of the quadcopter with arduino  as the Slave controller. The Tasks of the Pi are to deal with logic, control and RC input processing whereas the arduino is used as an interface board for Pi, to read RC inputs and output motor control signals.”
Liz with the Picopter 
Photo credit: @whiteafrican
I will be nurturing these innovators and makers in the next few weeks. Every Saturday morning from 11am – 12pm starting July 6th 2013 for one month. I will be teaching a course on Product Design and Entrepreneurship.
If you are intested in joining this session, shoot me an email: robotics@ihub.co.ke with the subject Product Design and Entrepreneurship and in 5 bullet points tell me what you are building and why you would like to attend this course.
On Saturday, the 8th of June 2013, I met Peter Mbiria Maina (Watch video below). This inspired me to create the group 254MakerTrons  and give rise to  “ChumaBot I” . We will be working on “ChumaBot I” every Saturday after the Product Design and Entrepreneurship class.

254Makertrons from iHubNairobi on Vimeo.

ENTER THE YOUNG INNOVATORS COMPETITION BY ITU

ITU

ITU Telecom World 2013, organized by ITU, the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology, is looking for the next generation of social entrepreneurs for its Young Innovators Competition.Are you brave enough to transform your idea into a successful enterprise? Can your concept or startup address one of our Global Challenges? If you are aged between 18 and 26 and feel technology is your second nature, enter the Young Innovators Competition.

You could win a chance to take part in ITU Telecom World 2013 event in Bangkok plus benefits including:

  • Up to USD 10,000 in prize money for start-ups and up to USD 5,000 for concepts; both need to address one of the Global Challenges
  • High level industry mentorship for a year
  • A chance to exhibit on the showfl oor and network with high level delegates
  • Hands-on workshop training focusing on entrepreneurial skills

For details on how to enter the competition, visit world2013.itu.int/event/innovation/ or contact them at young.innovators@itu.int

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JUNE 30TH, 2013

iHub Team visits Konza city

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Categories: Innovation, Kenya, Technology

iHub Robotics Creative Boot Camp

The iHub Robotics Group is at it again! This time we will be conducting a two-day boot camp running from the 7th and 8th of September at the iHub using ATMEGA 32 microcontrollers.  Our challenge? To come up with and successfully build projects to suit beginners, as well as intermediary and advanced users. What we seek to do is bring together a team of creative participants from diverse backgrounds, with a basic knowledge of programming, but with a common interest in building interactive hardware in robotics and embedded system design.

We want to teach you just how your microwave, phone, tv remote or car functionality is controlled and in this way, spark an interest in design simple, day-to-day applications and solutions built for and by Kenyans.

Among this edition’s projects are:

  • The Robot:  The beginner team will be run through how to build, code and control a simple rover bot whose speed and direction can be controlled.
  • The Weather Man: This is a real-time micro- weather station that gives ambient weather conditions through the use of humidity sensors, temperature sensors (thermistors) and a LCD display- all of which will be controlled using an ATMEGA 32 microcontroller. This challenge is suitable for intermediary users.
  • The Robot Make- Over: The challenge here will be to build an arm for the robot that moves in the horizontal and vertical directions. On the arm will a gripper for clasping objects; the gripper will be used pick and drop objects. The ‘make-over’ will also involve building a Robot Status system that gives the direction in which it is moving as well as whether it has picked or dropped an object.
  • Robot monitoring via mobile phone: Participants will be required to use a mobile phone tethered to a microcontroller to get updates on the status of each of the three above systems and thus integrates their functionality.

We’re eagerly awaiting your participation so make sure you register for the boot camp by 5th September, 2012 so as not to miss out on this unique opportunity.

“At the bottom of it, robotics is about us. It is the discipline of emulating our lives, of wondering how we work.”

ROD GRUPEN, Discover Magazine

POSTED BY: Juliette Wanyiri from iHub

Applications for TED2013 Fellows

June 20, 2012 1 comment

Applications for TED2013 Fellows are due by Friday, July 13, 2012 11:59pm US/Eastern. Click here to apply! Here are some of the Kenyan Fellows from 2010 – todate:

Juliana Rotich (Kenya/US) – Co-founder, Ushahidi.com; blogger, Afromusing and Global Voices

Erik Hersman (Kenya) – Co-founder, Ushahidi.com; blogger, AfriGadget and White African

Boniface Mwangi (Kenya) – Kenyan photojournalist and founder of Picha Mtaani, a youth-led national reconciliation initiative in Kenya

Su Kahumbu-Stephanou (Kenya) – Kenyan entrepreneur promoting the development of an organic food industry in Kenya

Alex Odira Odundo (Kenya) – Kenyan inventor of the Sisal Decorticator, a device turning sisal plant into fibre, and the Sisal Twinner, a device turning sisal fibre into rope.

Joel Jackson (UK | Kenya) – Auto innovator  – British mobility entrepreneur and founder of Mobius Motors, a Kenya-based company designing and manufacturing a first-of-its-kind affordable vehicle made expressly for the unique customer requirements and often-poor road conditions found in the developing world.

Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) – Found object artist  – Kenyan self-taught painter and sculptor who primarily uses junk materials to make his works, including striking eyewear

Jessica Colaco (Kenya) – Researcher and Mobile Tech Evangelist