Upcoming & Past Events
JKUAT TechExpo 2011
EXPO THEME: ‘Harnessing technology to accelerate the pace of achieving vision 2030’
Featured past event.....
EUCOSSA-IBM Community event at Egerton University on 15th July 2011
IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) Team 3 came to Egerton University for an event hosted by EUCOSSA and the Faculty of Science. The theme was very timely on: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and ICT: Shifting from 'Job seeking' to 'Job creation’.
The agenda for the day was well stipulated and the IBM team arrived a few minutes after 9am led by Lynn Reyes, of the Institute for Business Value, IBM Corporation.
The rest of the IBM team were Xiao Chuan Cai "Brooks" (China),Luigi d'Antonio (Spain, via Italy), Hwa Young Lee (S. Korea),Andrea Knoche (Germany),Krishna Kumar (Australia),Junko Narita (Japan), Inna Roos (Finland),Dave Rose (Canada), Michelle Simpson(UK) and Virve Ukkonen (Finland).
We also had representatives from IBM East Africa led by Wambui Kinya and Digital Opportunity Trust(DOT) led by Alex Mutungi, Program Manager-DOT/IBM CSC Program, Kenya.
From Egerton University, we had Dr. Githeko-Computer Science Dept, Dr. Omolo-Dean Science, Dr. Rose Odhiambo-Director Institute of Women and Gender, Mr. Chrys Misaro-ICT Manager, EUCOSSA Officials and computer science students from both Njoro and Nakuru Town Campuses.
Mr. Akumali, of DOT Kenya, gave a presentation on DOT Programs such as Reach Up! and Start Up! Next was Luigi d'Antonio, who gave a presentation including a video on IBM-100 year journey. Then came Wambui Kinya who gave a snapshot on IBM East Africa, based in Nairobi.
Lynn Reyes presented on the world’s technology trends and the six big business trends/forces while Dave Rose talked about Social Business (both digital and mobile). Krishna Kupur then presented on cloud computing while Brooks & Michelle shared on business analytics.
We had a short lunch break and were soon backing for the afternoon session.
Here, we split up into four groups for a soft skill session namely, Communication; Managing expectations; Networking & Influencing people and the last group on Managing projects, products and programs. These were so amazing.
We were glad to have book donations to the university and to all the attendees including a CD and an Obama inauguration coin! Sorry for those who missed the event.
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Past events organised by EUCOSSA.
EUCOSSA hosted a Mozilla team from US and Greece who held a talk on Mozilla and Open Web Technologies in the Computer Science Lab on 14th April 2011. Guests included Pierros Papadeas-EMEA Community Manager(Mozilla), Dietrich Ayalla-Senior Engineer(Mozilla) and their facilitator Alex Wafula.
2011 Open Source Day!!
The EUCOSSA Open source day for this year was held on Saturday 2nd April 2011 at FEDCOS Theatre. The theme for this year was "OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT". Talks were given by Mr. Livingstone from Kenya Airways and Mr. Peter Muia from KENET. There was also a talk by Mr. Kimani, lecturer at the Department of Computer Science in Egerton University.
We had Mr. Jacob Omollo, EUCOSSA project Manager giving a talk on the meaning of open software, why go open and even stated a few demerits of open source software. Mr. Kimani gave an extensive definition of open source software. He stated that here open means freedom to edit and redistribute. Mr. Peter Muia gave a talk on whether there are open source alternatives to proprietary software He argued that there are several open source alternatives to proprietary softwares. Mr. Livingstone shed light on how open source softwares are being used in the aviation industry even to cut on the operations cost and this makes them very relevant in ensuring that sustainable development is achieved.
The event was very successful and the students from Nakuru Town Campus attended in a good number. Several students especially the fourth year students from Njoro Main campus showcased their projects both to the guests and other fellow students. The event ended up with the certificate of participation being awarded to participants. This was done the same day and all the students who came during the projects exhibition time were given a soda each.