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Samsung Electronics in partnership with @iLab Africa, a research and incubation facility that supports entrepreneurship programs in apps and software development, unveiled eight Kenyan developed mobile applications during the second Samsung Apps Show N’ Tell event.
The event brings together Kenyan app developers and provides them with a platform to showcase their innovations. This is part of a research and development programme run by Strathmore University’s @iLab Africa.
Speaking at the event, Samsung Electronics East Africa Director of Mobile and IT, Manoj Changarampatt, said that the apps were proof that the partnership between Samsung and @iLab is bearing fruits, offering local app developers both the resources and guidance required to pursue their passion for technology
The eight apps that were unveiled are those that have been in development. More are expected to be released in the coming months.
The apps launched include:
Designed to ease access to legal information in Kenya, this app allows users to search lawyers registered with the Law Society of Kenya, their contacts, and areas of expertise including corporate law, dispute resolution, regional and international law, among others.
National Assembly and County Assembly App
Allows the Kenya National Assembly and County Assembly to access the standing orders and order paper on tablets and mobile phones, ensuring continuity of in-house business and cutting costs related to printing order papers. The app also allows legislators to vote on a subject/debate.
Laikipia Wildlife Forum App
This app was developed to compliment environment conservation efforts within Laikipia. The app provides information on sites and attractions within the area, eases navigation to the different sites and maps out donor funded projects that both local and international tourists may be interested in supporting.
KCA University App
Targeted at students of the university, the app delivers content to students, ranging from information on extra-curricular activities such as clubs and sports to access to the school’s library system. The app also allows for course registration and enrolment of new students.
Kenya Wildlife Service Guide App
Enables tourists locate national parks, conservancies, reserves and amenities within the parks.
Halal Kenya App
In recognition of the importance of Halal certification to the Muslim community, this app provides a listing of Halal-certified establishments and their locations, and allows users to review them. The app also enables users to report non-Halal practices being carried out at establishments purporting to be Halal to the Kenya Halal Bureau.
Uganda Legal App
Targeted at law students, lawyers, judges and magistrates, this app eases access to legal information in Uganda. Information available includes: judiciary calendar, Ugandan constitution (1995), cases and rulings, and gazette notices.
Pharmacy & Poisons Board (PPB) App
This app enables PPB inspectors register and validate pharmacies and their employees in real time and make the information available to the public. It also provides information on registered pharmacies, a key component of ensuring that the safety of Kenyans visiting pharmacies and using the drugs and other chemical substances sold at these pharmacies is not compromised.