Pivot East: The Date is Rapidly Approaching

Pivot East is this year’s edition of the region’s premier mobile apps / developer competition conference held successfully in 2011 under the name Pivot 25. It will culminate in a pitching conference on 5th and 6th June 2012.

The competition has five categories, each with five finalists pitching to a rich audience for a 10,000USD prize money per category winner.

Pivot is an m:lab initiative to bring focus on the Mobile developer and entrepreneur community in East Africa. This year’s theme is Innovation and Enterprise.

The ticket price is Kshs 7,300 and can be purchased in a number of ways.

Here are the finalists in each category:


Get-it! App
An App that Facilitates restaurant goers to know the location of restaurants on the go. By Sail Ltd

Dairy Sacco App
A mobile credit tool on agricultural cooperatives that provide inputs and merchandise to their members on credit against produce deliveries. By Infocentra Ltd

SMS Offline and Online virtual Market place
A platform that integrates money transfer and delivery of goods and services. By Bei Nafuu Ltd

Easy Order

SMS based ordering and supply chain management application that simplifies the way customers order for goods from manufacturers and distributors. By Easy Order Operations

SMS Based Health Insurance Members Verification

Verification system for health insurance of members when they go to access services at hospitals.By Multics Systems Co.Ltd


Enables users especially football fans to place and collect bets. By Squad Digital Ltd

A racing game set on the busy Nairobi highways. By Planet Rackus Ltd

A chat app by Dotideas Technology Ltd

Angry Kenyans
A satirical mobile game aimed at mocking the Villains in the daily life of Kenyans by Xema Labs Ltd

Tough Jungle
An action game app with an African jungle setting by Elan Telemedia Ltd


An SMS-based study solution for students, teachers, and schools by M-Prep Ltd

An ed-tech initiative that is focused on Primary School education by Elimu Foundation

A digital storytelling portal by The Kuyu Project

Brooder poultry monitoring using a mobile phone by MLFocus (U) Ltd

An application which provides weather updates and agricultural advice to farmers by Osca Connect Ltd


Location based service that enables its users to find the nearest Financial and Retail services. By Space Kenya Networks Ltd.

Mafuta Go
Helps users find the nearest fuel stations with the prices and Services that best suit their needs, by AppsDivision Ltd

6ix degrees
A system that allows users to back up all their contacts and later restore them when need arises, by Binary Science Ltd

An app that enables users manage security of their possessions by Fomobi Solutions

An application for Verification of documents legitimacy by Mobilab Ltd


A mobile commerce platform that is agnostic to mobile network operators by MobiKash Afrika Limited

An App based on the use of Mobile Money to send bulk payment from a group to the MFI by Software Group Ke Ltd

An App that unites mobile money and micro-finance by offering financial collaboration by Zege Technologies Ltd

Streamlines the process of receiving and managing payments at schools through M-Pesa by Fomobi Solutions

A platform that helps informal financial self-help groups and savings clubs digitize their information management and record keeping by Bityarn Consult Company Ltd

My Two Cents?

None of these ideas are new! Ideas are really worth nothing, it’s the action that counts. They are all good ideas, but they must be nurtured and there must be a business case for each. How the idea will be pitched to the judges will also matter a lot in selecting the eventual winner of USD 10,000 per category.

The winners of Pivot 25 last year were incubated at mLab, where in a year’s time they should have results to show for it. Have they? Did mLab carry out an audit of its ‘incubatees’ to see how well they are doing? Will this be discussed at Pivot East in two weeks time? We need to learn from the last year and see how we can improve this year. I’d like to see at least one success story present at this year’s Pivot East. Or 5 success stories!

About mShop


M-Shop was one of the apps that won last year. It is a utility app for buying bus, movie, event tickets among others. Guess what? It is currently selling Pivot East tickets!

Get the app by going to mshop.co.ke/download and try it out today!

You can also follow the app on twitter @mshopKenya and like the Facebook Page for updates and offers.

Mobile Web East Africa Conference 2012

The Kenya ICT Board and All Amber Ltd, the organiser of premier mobile-related events in Africa, announced a partnership to deliver Mobile Web East Africa for a second time. This senior level and progressive conference will take place on 22nd & 23rd February 2012 at the 5* Southern Sun Mayfair hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Date: 22nd and 23rd February
Venue: SouthernSun Mayfair Nairobi (I must admit this website sucks! I mean, what is that?!!) But the place is awesome.
Cost: $375-$475. Check it out here.

This is the website for the Southern Sun Hotel....!

#MWEA2012 is going to be 2 days of interaction and presentations designed to advance the harnessing of the internet and applications on mobile devices. There will be an app developer competition, supported by inMobi. App developers and start-up companies will get discounts on the cost of the conference.

The two day conference will offer so much, it’s better you just check out the website for all the information concerning timing, venue, the conference speakers, sponsors, the app competition etc.

I definitely plan to attend. Set the date in your Calendar, 22nd and 23rd February. You are advised to register early as the conference may be sold out.

eHealth Kenya App

So the Ministry of public health and Sanitation and the Ministry of Medical services developed a master facilities listing. There are about 8,000 health centers in Kenya. This includes private and public hospitals, personal clinics, dispensaries etc.

I have made a Java ME mobile application, so all of you with Nokia phones can download and run it. I will make Android/iOS/Windows later. Blackberry is too old school so I’m gonna ignore it 🙂

Image from ehealth.or.ke

With the app, you can view the facilities by county, constituency, or by the services offered. You can also search for a specific health center by name. It’s pretty much intuitive to use so let me hear your feedback.

eHealth Kenya mobile app

Download the app from the links I shall give you below:


Make sure you download them to the same folder. After that, have fun with the app 🙂

P.S. You can now download straight from your phone or from your computer.

MedAfrica Launched Officially on 1.1.11

Do you guys remember Pivot 25? The Mobile Apps & Developer Conference. The overall winning app was MedKenya by Shimba Technologies, which was more like a directory for doctors and medical services.

They got to travel to Silicon Valley in the US, which the lead developer @smutinda says it’s like an MBA in 6 days.

They came back having improved their business skills (he did say MBA), and possibly secured seed funding. They re-branded the app as MedAfrica because they wanted to reach a larger audience, not just Kenya.

The MedAfrica logo

I was among the invited guests at the launch, where the app was formally launched by the chairperson of the Kenya ICT Board, Catherine Ngagu.

Katherine Ngahu, ICT Board chair. Pic by @PaulKukubo

To test out the app, go to the MedAfrica site on your mobile phone and download.