Digital Apprenticeship Program: Meet Sheena Raikundalia Director UK Kenya Tech Hub

EldoHub in partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management and with the support of the UK Kenya Tech Hub launched Digital Apprenticeship Programme targeting tech professionals. We interviewed UK Kenya Tech Hub director and here is what she had to say.

1. Tell us about yourself and how you got started in the ICT industry.
I’m a non-tecchie, in the tech world! I started out as a lawyer in London and then moved back to Nairobi to start an insurtech startup. Whilst that failed, I learnt more from that failed experience then my entire career as a lawyer and MBA combined! Having caught the entrepreneurship bug, I stayed in the space, working to help support entrepreneurs grow and scale. When the UK government set up the UK-Kenya Tech Hub, I was extremely excited to join and see how I could help support the Kenyan tech ecosystem, build skills and linkages.

2. What was your motivation to start digital apprenticeship program?

Practical experience, working in a real-life business environment is the best way to learn and gain skills. In Kenya, so many young people are interested in technology, applying for courses, teaching themselves but struggle to get the experience to use the skills learnt in practice. On the other side, businesses looking for tech talent prefer people with some experience and are unable to find it.

There is therefore a real need to provide junior tech professionals with practical experience. On the business side, most businesses still see IT as operational and are therefore not seeing the benefits of technology at a strategic level and the impact it can have on improving efficiencies, decreases costs and increasing revenues. We are hoping this programme will have double the benefits, junior tech professional get the much needed industry experience supported by mentors; and businesses will see the value of digitization, creating more jobs in the space.

3. What skill/ talent do you find has the most disconnect between what is taught in schools and actual business need? What can be done to narrow this gap?
The biggest disconnect is how we are taught in school vs what we need to get jobs, start businesses. We no longer live in an age where we need to learn, memorize facts. Information through the internet is at our finger-tips. The skills we actually need is around problem solving, logical thinking, finding information, presenting and communicating. This can then be applied across industries.

4. What does short term success look like for the program? What would be the next steps based on this success?

Short-term success for the programme would be for the junior tech professionals to complete meaningful projects and gain experience that they can add to their cvs/portfolios and build their confidence to either apply for jobs or start their own businesses. An added bonus would be if the juniors were hired or engaged in some from by the business they were placed in after the programme ends. From the business perspective, success would include seeing how the businesses benefitted from the experience and collating learnings and research on what worked and what didn’t. An added bonus would be if the business hired or retained tech talent and started digitizing an aspect of their business.

5. How does success look like for the program in 5 years?
Success in 5 years would be if this become a stand along, sustainable programme, where existing universities, TVETS, course providers, self-taught junior tech professionals would be automatically matched to businesses across Kenya, from startups, SMEs, corporates, governments and NGOs. The businesses would see the benefit of having the apprentices and would be willing to pay for the service; governments would provide incentives for businesses to hire the junior tech professionals and businesses would be able to access the benefits of technology by becoming more digital enabled creating even more jobs. A positive, virtuous cycle!

6. How can the program collaborate with the private sector to increase the impact of the digital apprenticeship program?
The program is already working with the private sector ie by placing junior tech professional in the private sector. The private sector, through the big tech companies are also providing corporate buddies for the junior tech professional, adding an important mentorship component in the programme. It would be great to scale up the collaboration working with associations and businesses across Kenya to ensure that businesses and junior tech professionals across the country can participate.

Internet Brand Protection Tips for Your Business

Internet Brand Protection Tips for Your Business
 

 

 Internet Brand Protection Tips for Your Business

Thanks to the continued widespread internet use nowadays, more and more brands are enjoying branding opportunities without having to use a great deal of energy. For one, the internet has widened the network of brands making it possible for companies to gain more customers and make direct sales than ever before.

On the other hand, as a consequence, online challenges have also crept in with cybercrime (impersonators, cyber squatting,) among the top ranked online brand threats to date. The latter has seen many new organizations struggle to penetrate new online territories and widen their customer base thus the need for more security measures to protect brands from impending online infringements.

 

How to Protect Your Brand Online

  1. First, Develop an Online Brand Protection Strategy For Your Company
  • An online Brand protection strategy is a solid plan that helps your company proactively deal with impending online threats that may threaten to clump down on your revenue source, devalue your brand reputation and affect your online customer retention strategy. It prevents cyber criminals from intercepting your web traffic, including using your brand for personal gain.

 

  • As you think of using the above strategy for your business, don’t forget to include Social media channels and Mobile apps in your plan as these digital channels are always prone to brand impersonation which may easily have an effect on your return on investment.

 

  1. Check on your KE Domain Security
  • KE Domain security is important for any brand. It protects your customers, brand name, logo and content from trademark infringement or unwarranted online violations. This is especially important if you are considering launching your business in Kenya. You don’t want to venture your business into a new terrain/ country only to realize that your .KE domain has been long hosted and used to dupe customers at your brands expense.

 

  • Still on web address security; if you already have secured your .KE domain name, then you may want to take this further by considering having multiple .KE domains, for example .me.ke. This is an effective online security and marketing strategy used by companies to prevent competitors from sharing or using their domain names and digital channels. The good thing with having multiple company domains is that it allow you as a company to effectively highlight and promote different aspects of your brand, do relative audiences fragmentation when need be, and importantly conduct seamless campaigns without causing customer confusion.

 

  1. Get your Brand Guidelines Right
  • A major part of protecting your business is protecting your customers. This you can do by properly setting up your brand guidelines. These guidelines are important in that they will help your business enablers and employees understand how to engage with your brand online, and more importantly minimize customer misperceptions.

Conclusion

The success of your business can easily be affected by how well you manage your brand online. To be safe, take into consideration some of the above tips as well as log on to www.kenic.or.ke learn more on how register your .KE domain name today.

 

Afrilabs Annual Gathering for Innovation Hubs in Africa

Afrilabs Annual Gathering for Innovation Hubs in Africa
The AfriLabs a network of all innovation hubs in Africa hosts Annual Gathering which provides a unique opportunity for tech hubs in the AfriLabs network and other stakeholders in the African tech ecosystem like local innovators (entrepreneurs), corporates, investors, academia and developmental agencies to convene, network and share knowledge.
The 3rd edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2018 was held on 11th – 13th October 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The theme was ‘Innovation in the Data Age 2018’.

Eldohub made another breakthrough by having one of their staff members attend Africa’s Annual Gathering of all Innovation Hubs in Africa. Zipeta Nabwala who is our Software Developer and Training Innovation Manager at Eldohub represented us at the event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as the only person from Eldoret, Kenya. She met with hub managers from across Africa and appreciates Eldohub for being able to improve her proficiency a lot. She engaged and spoke with a lot of investors and young innovators involved with both technology and entrepreneurship. She also networked and made connections with potential partners and collaborators. Eldohub is finally demonstrating its empowerment to the youth by giving them a chance to nurture and grow their experiences as they discover their potential at a higher level. Eldohub will continue to explore more opportunities to share with the tech and entrepreneurial community with an aim to improve the skill and knowledge of the community at large.

Nurturing Young Innovators and Digital Creators

Nurturing The Next Digital Creators“We need our children to learn 21st-century skills for a 21st-century world, and coding teaches them the creativity and problem-solving skills”– Former President Obama

Now that November December holiday is approaching don’t let it go to waste. We are excited to announce that EldoHub will be hosting Bootcamps for kids and teenagers for primary and high school students during the holiday.

This program targets young ones between the ages of 6 and 19 who wish to learn and develop programs around the web, mobile app, and graphic design amongst others. It is a tailored program to inspire creative thinking and impart digital literacy currently overlooked by the conventional school curriculum. The sessions will also include life skills development through two workshops touching on mentorship and career development. We will also be conducting a Parenting in the Digital Age workshop for caregivers to learn ways of protecting themselves and the children.

 

The program is made up of a number of sequential modules so that each child can enter at the level best suited for them and then progress as far as they want to go into subsequent modules. we provide training on:

  • Coding of mobile apps and games (problem-solving skills)
  • Electronics and Robotics
  • Computer Science (logical & computational thinking)
  • Web programming and design
  • Child Online Protection (internet safety for kids)

-Mentorship and leadership skills

-Social entrepreneurship and Pitching

-Creativity and design thinking

 

Cohorts –We group them according to their age

a)Young Kids Boot Camp tailored for ages 6 to 9 years

b)Middle-Class Innovators Tailored for ages 10 to 12 years

C) Technology and Innovation Teens Boot camp for ages 13 to 18 years

d) Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology for parents and Guardians

 

Dates

These camps are to be hosted between Monday 5th, November and Friday 21st December from 9am to 3pm daily at EldoHub, opposite Testimony School.

 

Cost

Cost per child is 3000 per week per child this includes Snack and lunch.

 

Register 

For any queries contact us via info@eldohub.co.ke   or marketing@eldohub.co.ke Phone: 0724077237 or 0780 223 223

 

Business and Entrepreneurship Program.

Employment is a dream yet to come true to many. Majority of graduates are still idling around with their certificates neatly stashed in their houses as they wander from office to office looking for jobs. On the other hand, we have youths without degrees or certificates and lack the skills to start and run their own businesses. The current rate of joblessness is devastating, resulting in an adverse increase in crime rates. It is now time people turned to self-employment and embraced entrepreneurship in order to create, innovate, solve and initiate change.

At Eldohub we offer a course on Business and Entrepreneurship under the Miliki Program. The training covers areas such as Introduction to Business, Business Model Canvas, Identification of Opportunities, Customer Segmentation, Sales and Marketing, Asset Mapping, Business Plan, Financials Literacy, Design Thinking etc. We round this up by practically pitching the ideas generated during the training. The training addresses the problems small scale businesses face in their day to day activities ensuring all areas of concern are addressed.

In the month of September, 2018, we ran the Miliki Program at St Bakhita House of Hope in Langas, Eldoret where we trained 52 women and girls, both literate and semi-literate. It was a great exposure for the participants who took it with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. On top of the normal class interactions, we included several activities to boost their understanding and ensured everyone participated. As we begun, the participants were dull and had minimum things to share about themselves. Their minds were “still wrapped and locked in a box”, but by the time we were completing, they had a mindset change, thinking big and creatively. It was no surprise they now had a lot to talk about. By the time we did the pitching they had very unique and innovative ideas and their confidence was at the peak. We had several mentors come in as well and share their success stories and experience with them. We also had Sidian Bank come in and train them on banking, savings and credit worthiness. It was an experience worth every time spent.