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Vote Now for Your Favorite Kenyan Blog!

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) has today unveiled the nominees for the 2014 BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards. The Awards reward bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative format.
The nominees were selected by a panel of judges comprising of bloggers and media personalities.

The release of the nominees list begins the voting phase of the awards.

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Voting will run from 3rd March 2014 and end on April 30th 2014. You can vote for your favourite blogs through www.blogawards.co.ke/vote

Here is a list of the nominees in the various categories.

Best Technology Blog
1. http://www.moseskemibaro.com/
2.http://emmanuelchenze.com/
3. http://techtrendske.wordpress.com/
4. http://techmoran.com/
5. http://www.kvrop.com/

Best Photography Blog
1. http://stevekitots.wordpress.com/
2. http://benkiruthi.com/
3. http://mutuamatheka.co.ke/blog/
4. http://allangichigi.com/star/
5. http://www.gallerymichaelkhateli.blogspot.com

Best Creative Writing Blog
1. http://www.bikozulu.co.ke
2. http://www.mydeardoris.wordress.com
3. http://mkatenusu.wordpress.com/
4. http://www.donotfeedthebloggers.com
5. http://michaelngigi.wordpress.com

Best Business Blog
1. http://www.bankelele.co.ke/
2. http://sokodirectory.com/
3. http://www.kenyamanual.co.ke/
4. http://simplytakeaction.com/business/
5. http://inspiringgreatness001.wordpress.com

Best Food Blog
1. http://leotunapika.wordpress.com
2. http://healthylivingkenya.wordpress.com
3. http://happymealskenya.blogspot.com/
4. http://www.pikachakula.com
5. http://www.yummy.co.ke/

Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog
1. http://emmiekio.blogspot.com
2. http://rockesci.co.ke
3. http://www.panaac.org/blog
4. http://youngagrochampions.blogspot.com
5. http://www.farmingafrika.com

Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog
1. http://www.thisisess.com
2. http://www.kurlykichana.com
3. http://luciamusau.com/
4. http://www.ourstylekenya.com
5. http://nanciemwai.com/

Best Politics Blog
1. http://www.anjeru.com
2. http://kenopalo.com/
3. http://www.brainstorm.co.ke/
4. http://www.shitemi.com

Best New Blog
1. http://confessionsofayoungmummy.wordpress.com
2. http://www.magunga.com
3. http://www.tdsblog.com
4. http://kenyansnapshot.wordpress.com
5. http://www.wendywahito.com

Best Corporate Blog
1. http://crownpaints.co.ke/blog
2. http://www.olivia.co.ke/blog
3. http://storymojaafrica.wordpress.com
4. http://www.ihub.co.ke/blog
5. http://blog.batakenya.com

Best Topical Blog
1. http://www.mummytales.com
2. http://blog.inkedbiker.co.ke
3. http://blog.gigwapi.com
4. http://www.lizlenjo.com
5. http://datascience.co.ke

Best Sports Blog
1. http://futbolchiqa.wordpress.com
2. http://www.michezoafrika.com
3. http://www.superfoota.co.ke
4. http://www.ilfabiano.wordpress.com
5. http://www.futaa.com

Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog
1. http://www.ghafla.com
2. http://www.niaje.com
3. http://www.afritorial.com
4. http://owaahh.wordpress.com
5. http://actors.co.ke

Best Travel Blog
1. http://www.kenyatalii.com
2. http://www.safari254.com
3. http://www.hazelvint.com
4. http://ecotourismdemystified.com

Best Health Blog
1. http://fitnessmovementke.tumblr.com
2. http://wambuiwaithaka.com
3. http://strengtheninghealthsystems.wordpress.com
4. http://sitawa.blogspot.com

Best County Blog
1. http://uasingishudecides.wordpress.com
2. http://www.nairobicityguide.net
3. http://county-411.com/baringonews
4. http://www.mombasahub.net
5. http://www.amazingkisumu.co.ke/blogs

Best Kenyan Blog
1. http://mutuamatheka.co.ke/blog
2. http://mydeardoris.wordpress.com
3. http://bikozulu.co.ke
4. http://pikachakula.com
5. http://nanciemwai.com

MOBILE EAST AFRICA CONFERENCE – 12TH & 13TH FEBRUARY

The Mobile East Africa is a conference that brings together stakeholders in the mobile industry in Kenya (telecommunication companies, information technology companies, entrepreneurs in the tech space etc) for a wholesome discussion on the current trends, the past and the future of the mobile space. Formerly, this conference was known as Mobile Web East Africa and is in its 3rd year running.

Mobile East Africa 2014 is taking place at the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, Kenya on February 12th through 14th. The event will kick off with a ‘Leaders of Mobile‘ keynote session featuring executives from IBM, SAP, Airtel and Safaricom. Former Permanent Secretary of Information and Communication Dr. Bitange Ndemo will also be joining the panel, which will analyse the future progress of the mobile ecosystem in East Africa.

World-renowned mobile expert Tomi Ahonen has been confirmed to deliver a special address during the Mobile East Africa 2014 main conference on 12th & 13th February, as well as a dedicated full-day workshop on Friday, February 14th. Forbes ranked him as “the world’s most influential expert in mobile” in 2012; Mr. Ahonen has spoken at more than 300 conferences in over 60 countries and his cumulative audience totals over 100,000 people. He is the author of 12 bestselling books on mobile and digital communities and consults to Fortune 500 companies around the globe, helping to define their mobile strategies.

The other speakers at the conference include Jumia Kenya, iHub, Virtual City, Bongo Live, Ghafla!, Smile Tanzania, Bozza, Every1Mobile, FrontlineSMS, Praekelt, Sponge, KINU Innovation Hub and Zilojo. Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Omidyar Network, MTech, and Google are just a few of the many companies sending representatives to the event.

You can register for the conference here.

The She.Business Awards by The Purple Network

I received an email about the She.Business Awards by The Purple Network, and my first question was, who is the Purple Network?

The Purple Network designs and implements economic empowerment projects for women and youth in enterprise. We achieve this by partnering with local and international donor agencies, the private sector and government agencies in East Africa.The Purple Network was registered in 2012 and believes that enterprise development is crucial to job and wealth creation in Africa.

The Purple Network was co-founded by two women: Nyambia Gatahi – Beatriceand Joan Nasimiyu Orina.

The Purple Network recently launched the She.Business Awards to recognize enterprising women who are doing business in Kenya. This is the only word focused on women entrepreneurs running their business in various categories, among them ICT and Agriculture.

The competition is open to women who have been running their businesses for a minimum of one year and have at least three employees. The most enterprising women will benefit from publicity, access to market linkages through the conference and will be supported to grow their businesses for a period of one year. The award will be rolled out in three phases; nomination, selection process and grand finale, which will include the women in enterprise conference and an award ceremony.

The nomination process is now open so you are free to nominate women who are running their businesses successfully, women with inspiring stories that can encourage other women to realize that success in business is achievable.

Image from tech.co

Image from tech.co

 

The She.Business Awards are supported by Nailab, Gennessis Consult, Consumer Pro, Open, World, Fine Print and Business Mind Magazine.

For more information, contact Joan on awards@purplenetwork.co.ke , call +254 705 702080 or tweet @SheBizAward

WordCamp Kenya is in November at Nanyuki

WordCamp Kenya is a conference about the world’s most popular blogging and CMS software, WordPress. Developers, designers and bloggers will come together for WordPress related talks, workshops and networking.

WordCamp Kenya 2013

WordCamp Kenya 2013

The third annual event will take place on November 9 and 10th 2013 in Nanyuki at the foot of Mt. Kenya.

Get your early bird ticket now for Ksh. 3,500. The ticket includes transport (to and from Nanyuki to Nairobi), Camping, Meals for 2 days and ticket to WordCamp Kenya 2013. Also comes with a WordCamp tee and sponsor giveaways.

Click here for the list of speakers at the two-day conference.

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is almost here!

BarCamp is an international network of user-generated unconferences primarily focused around technology and the Web. By definition, an unconference is a participant-driven meeting that tries to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.

Barcamp Nairobi 2013

Barcamp Nairobi 2013

BarCamps are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social software, and open data formats.

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 will be held on the 24th of August 2013 between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm collectively at the iHub, NaiLab and mLab located at the Bishop Magua Centre off Ngong Road, Opposite Uchucmi Hyper. The theme for BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is ‘The Next 50’. Barcamp Nairobi aims to get the conversation going on where tech in Kenya will be in the next 50 years.

As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence this year, we have the unique and enviable opportunity to dream and contemplate what the next 50 years should look like and what role technology will play. As thinkers, technologists in various sectors, and citizens of Kenya we can begin the process of visualizing the future and shaping it.

Challenges such as access to healthcare, quality and equitable education, food security have their answers in technology and the possibilities are endless. There will come a time in the next 50 years when these issues will be non-issues so to speak. What will that future look like? What technologies will be pervasive? How will people interact and how will lives be affected and improved?

BarCamp Nairobi 2013 is 100% free to attend provided you register in good time either via the web site at www.barcamp.co.ke or on EventBrite

Update: the event registration is full; sold out :-( However you can follow the conversation on twitter #barcampNBI.

The Social Media Awards Gala

The inaugural social media awards was a success, I can proudly report. While I was not an organizer, I was one of the judges who had to narrow down the nominees in each category to 5; and then the public voted for the winners.

The gala dinner was held at Laico Regency on Friday 9th August and when we walked in, the set up was perfect. The lighting was good, the decor added the touch of glamour. Heineken, the official drinks sponsor, was all out with free beer for everybody. No, I haven’t resumed drinking so no matter how tempting free beer is, I turned it down in favour of various fruit juices.

The beer :)

The beer :)

The buffet dinner soon kicked off with starter soup, a reasonable variety of main dishes, and dessert on offer. The DJ played the music while we settled in with our meals, and the MC did such a great job that although the event started an hour later than scheduled, it ended on time.

Our laden dinner table

Our laden dinner table

There was entertainment by the likes of Chipukeezy (on Churchill Show) and those two clowns who sing by melting one song into the other.

The awards got underway, and in the corporate category, Safaricom outshone them all. As far as social media strategy is concerned really, Safaricom is setting the pace. Other winners included NTv, Homerun on Easy FM, and Pulse in the digital channels, radio channel and print magazine categories respectively. In the personality category, Julie Gichuru (check out the website, designed by my friend @murayakamau and some help from me) won the media personality award, among other winners. Check out the full list of nominees and winners.

The social media awards recognized and celebrated trendsetters in the social media space who offer a positive influence to Kenyans (individuals and corporates) online. I am already looking forward to next year’s event, which can only be bigger and better.

Yours truly presenting the award to Collins Nabiswa of NTv for digital channel of the year

Yours truly presenting the award to Collins Nabiswa of NTv for digital channel of the year

For the rest of the photos of the evening from Niaje, please check out their facebook album.

Safaricom Apps Development Challenge

Safaricom Limited has launched the Safaricom Appwiz Challenge, targeting new mobile application developers in Kenya. The aim is to equip the participants with entrepreneurial and technological skills, as part of the ongoing commitment by the organization to help nurture a profitable local apps industry.

This challenge is focusing on the following categories:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Health Financial Inclusion
  3. Education Entertainment
  4. Games and Media
  5. Utilities
  6. Transport and Infrastructure
  7. Public Safety and Security

What’s interesting about this challenge is that there will be an incubation period after the submission, where the challengers will be equipped with entrepreneurial skills.

Important Dates:

Launch: 09/05/2013
Submission Closure: 28/06/2013
Hack-a-thon: 27th to 28th July 2013
Incubation Start Date: 12/08/2013
Incubation Ends: 25/10/2013
Final Event- Award Ceremony: 01/11/2013

The grand prize winner will walk away with Ksh 1,500,000 with the runner up taking Ksh 1,000,000. Category winners will take Ksh 200,000 each.

Check it out and Register today!

If you need any clarification Please contact the AppWiz team via innovation@safaricom.co.ke

The Kenyan Bloggers Awards 2013- Submission Open

This year, around May, the Bloggers Association of Kenya held the first ever awards to honour but most importantly recognzie Kenyan bloggers.

Planning is already underway for next year’s awards, and this time organizers have learned from the first event. It can only get bigger and yes, better. I’m looking forward to participating and encouraging the Kenyan cyberspace to grow.

The submission phase of The Kenyan Blog awards is now open and it will last until February 1st 2013. Please feel free to nominate your favourite blogs in each category. Follow this link www.bloggers.or.ke/awards/submit to nominate blogs. Email info@bake.or.ke if you have any query.

Below are the categories in which you can nominate your favourite blogs.

1. Best Technology Blog

Blogs that cover technology matters like social media, internet usage, consumer electronics, mobile phones, tech startups etc.

2. Best Photography Blog

Blogs that showcase original photos or have photography related content.

3. Best Creative Writing Blog

Blogs that feature original creative writing in the form of poetry, book reviews, fiction and essays.

4. Best Business Blog

Blogs that feature business content like business development, entrepreneurship, startups, stocks, investments, banking etc

5. Best Food Blog

Blogs that focus on food, cooking tips, restaurants, wines and recipes

6. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog

Blogs that focus on the environment and agriculture.

7. Best Fashion/Beauty/Style Blog

Blogs that highlight current trends in fashion, beauty and style.

8. Best Politics Blog

Blogs that cover political issues in Kenya.

9. Best New Blog

Outstanding Blogs that were set up from January 24th 2012 onwards.

10. Best Corporate Blog

Blogs run by companies.

11. Best Topical Blog

Blog with a clear niche that is not represented in any of the other categories.

12. Best Sports Blog

Blogs that feature sports content.

13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog

Blog about Kenyan lifestyle and the entertainment industry.

14. Best Travel Blog

Blog about travelling.

15. Kenyan Blog of the Year

Best overall blog by a Kenyan with a focus on any aspect of Kenya.

P.S.

Happy December people! Hopefully, this marks the return of my blogging mojo, it’s been lost for a while.

Are You Ready for WordCamp 2012?

Wordcamp is an informal gathering of WordPress enthusiasts, bloggers, podcasters, developers and designers and anyone else who doesn’t fit in these categories but would love to attend. WordCamp is a series of events held around this time in many countries worldwide, and in Kenya, it will be held this coming weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November, at Maanzoni Lodge along Mombasa Road.

Why Attend?

1.Venue: Beautiful Lodge with Swimming Pool

Maanzoni Lodge, Venue of WordCamp this year

2. The People

You’ll meet many different people, from techies to business men, and my establish useful contacts. WordCamp attracts interesting people.

3. Learn about WordPress, Responsible Blogging and Unique Experiences

During the sessions at WordCamp, various speakers will talk about blogging on WordPress, and other unique experiences in the technology world. With elections coming up, we definitely need bloggers who will encourage peace and not incite violence.

4. Perfect Weeekend Plan

We leave Nairobi early Saturday morning, spend the night at Maanzoni Lodge and we’ll come back on Sunday evening.

Who Can Attend?

Anyone! If you have an interest in attending, grab your smartphone and/or laptop as Orange Kenya (the main sponsors) will be providing internet (I hope so).

How do I attend?

Get a ticket from the wordcamp website. A ticket is worth Ksh 5,000 and covers:

Meals for 2 days during the conference
Soft drinks during the conference
WordCamp Kenya T-Shirt
2 day Conference
Lodge accommodation (Each room has 2 beds, 2 persons per room)
Return transport from Nairobi city center to Maanzoni Lodge

If you want a deal on ticket- like half-price, email me on savvy.kenya@gmail.com

Nairobi Half Life: My Review

Would I watch it again? Definitely.

A scene in the movie Nairobi half-life

As my friends and I walked out of the theater at Westgate on Saturday night, we felt the movie was worth every shilling of the Ksh 450 ticket that we paid for. The movie is about a young man from the village called Mwas, who comes to Nairobi to try and live his dream of becoming an actor. He ends up in the wrong side of town and has to lead some sort of double life as things go wrong and we are left wondering if there will be a happy ending.

This is a movie that will hold your attention from the beginning to the very end. The script is very well written and the conversations are gripping, hilarious at times and intense in others. Each character is just so real you cannot believe it’s all an act. Everyone in the movie has their own struggles, ambitions of becoming something better while they survive the current times, doing whatever it is they do.

The scenes in the movie are familiar and portray the reality of Nairobi that some of us may have seen, experienced or imagined. Scenes that show you what happens when your car’s side mirrors and headlights are removed and then later re-sold to you along the spare parts shops of Kirinyaga Road, or exactly who lives in those apartments downtown and how gangs pay protection fee to the cops. How easily crime can escalate from small time robberies to carjackings.

Mwas on the day he arrived in Nairobi to pursue his acting dreams

But this is not the story of a gang, this is the story of people and their dreams, and their lives pursuing those dreams in this city. At the end of the movie, is the question of whether you choose to look, or to look away. The characters are memorable, such as Oti played by Wilfred Olwenya and of course the main character Mwas, played by James Wairimu.

So on Saturday night some of the cast of Nairobi half-life were at Westgate to (sign autographs, take pictures) interact with the audience and we got a picture with Oti, who looked smaller and so un-rugged compared to the character on the screen!

A guy in Oti’s gang, me, Oti and a friend of mine posing for photos

Nairobi Half Life is showing at Planet Media Westgate everyday at 3:20 pm and 7:30 pm. Charges: 450/= weekend, 350/= weekdays. It’s also showing at the Junction. See trailer below, watch the movie then come thank me!