EUCOSSA two day Hackathon -a memoir


Tweeps on Friday last week,the Computer Science  Student Association (EUCOSSA) held a Hackathon at the EUCOSSA Hub which went on the whole night till late Saturday even.Hackathon?Whats the hell is this?Ok.For dummies a hackathon -a name derived from two words,Hacker-i guess you know what is hacking or just Google,the latter is the best,then Marathon-a race… thus when rephrased by #nerds its then called hackathon.An event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development with an ultimate goal to bring solutions to some of the problems we face in life.-A nice introduction i guess.

#eucossathon event
#eucossathon event

The hackthon was dubbed “The Last Debug”,this was all in dedication to all the CS finalist in campus.The issues to be covered were based on the Egerton Campus Life .We grouped ourselves and each group chose a software to implement on such categories like:

  • A software to improve communication and interaction among the University Fraternity
  • A software to enhance entertainment within Egerton University

I got into a group of around 9 members,of whom some were  dummy programmers,just to be honest-i like the fact that they all stayed the whole night.Our group developed an online interaction system branded Egercity-Thanks to our lead programmer @BryanTirohp and all members  for each member’s contribution was worth while applauding.

We had 4 groups in total,where each group had about 6-9 members each.The apps created that two day hackathon were;

#geeks coding
#geeks coding
  • PartyHunt-Helps you to get informed of where you can check in for parties
  • Egercity-An interative system between the Lectures and students
  • NotBuk-An online Notice board
  • Findout-An online lost and found portal and interactive system.

Btw,this was all a competition where the best group was to walk away 4000/= plus a Eucossa T-shirt! The second best won 3000/= ,while the third group took home 2000/=.This was worthwhile coding for,easy cash…

Very group had the hope of winning the same,so  trending #eucossathon #eucossaFriday was left to the judges @moffatmn @dmabiria and @nellynyakan1 as  were put into task programming.However some #geeks were unable to put up,even after the cool music playing at the background,maybe it was all due to too much coffee + code #coffeeConnoisseur.

Too much coffee+code
Too much coffee+code

Dawn met us,and we paused for clean up,and to brush up our apps for presentation later on the day.I couldn’t believe how i managed all that for hours-power behind Caffeine.

During the apps presentation,the judging criteria was;

  • Functionality of our app
  • The graphical user interface-how appealing was the app.
  • Database tables relationships
  • etc

Pitching wasn’t an easy task,shaky at first then adopted the niche.The questions were an avoidable-all you needed was to work smart.After the presentation,the moment awaited came,the winners were announced as;

  1. Egercity-took the first place!
  2. Notbuk-ranked second best
  3. Findout -took the 3rd place.

The Group two guys conceded defeat instantly,i liked that.

A tweet just after Egercity won
A tweet just after Egercity won

Then there was a great talk from our guest Mr Agosta Liko,the CEO of PesaPal and Verviant. Key Success Drivers —> Big three #Education #Experience #Exposure.This was   awesome @AgostaL, thanks:-)

We faced wee challenges like a low turnout from the ladies and the finalists,few people knew programming and to some,it was there first time to spend a night staring at a bright screen-Programming.

Thus i recommend out there if you are in Egerton University and you are a techie,Join us,EUCOSSA-Innovation and Creativity.(@eucossa)

As i pen off,i wish to thank  our judges @moffatmn @dmabiria @nellynyakan1 and your guest judge @AgostaL,you judged farely. Also many thanks to all who came and participated on the same,you made the hackathon a success.Also not to forget the Chairman of the Computer Science department,Dr Gikaru for the support he has given EUCOSSA in promoting technology in Egerton University.

Kind regards.

Laban Ndwaru-The outgoing Eucossa Chairperson.


Android Tutorial 1-installing the ADT Bundle-Android

androidHello geeks. Hope you guys are enthusiastic. I am going to take you through a series of simplified tutorials to help you develop in android. Android is #open source, I won’t dwell on the theory part of the same. My tutorials are in reference to windows operating system. Ready?



  • Eclipse (The IDE)
  • Android SDK
  • Android AVD
  • Android  ADT

Remember ,your machine has to be configured with java ie.Java JRE and JDK must be configured in your machine. Not having the same? Relax.Follow this tutorial to brush up!

IDE-integrated development unit. This helps in developing the apps.Gives you the recommended methods and helps you compile the code.

Android sdk- this package is ‘attached ’ to eclipse to help us run android code.That’s the least I can explain.

Android AVD-(Android Virtual Device) will allows us to test our Android apps on an emulator (or a virtual device) which comes in handy if we don’t have an actually android device to do our testing on

Android ADT-extends the capabilities of eclipse to enable you to quickly set up android projects.

ADT bundle software comes with all the above!

Get started…

To create a new project in Eclipse IDE,click on file>>new>>project>>android.

  • Give the project a name…
  • Set the build target-which platform you use ie (Android 2.3)
  • App name
  • Package name-let this be unique.
  • Create the activity-ie.startingPoint
  • Finish!

Watch out for the next tutorial as we establish a new project in android.


Re carp- Guru’s corner @Override

2On Friday 22/3/13 the EUCOSSA team held an event  dubbed Guru’s Corner,held on the EUCOSSA Hub as from 6pm-10pm.The turn out was high,so was the expectation.We also hosted some other students from other courses who are interested in tech.The whole  idea was to pitch tech ideas and to even showcase the projects we are working on-this gives the developer some nerdy advice and shared code.

The meeting started with prayers from @Petergykes,an active member of @eucossa, the mc of the day was the project manager @dickensos who then introduced the officials and welcomed the members…


We began with talks,revolving around the tech world.By the virtual of our campus,we  are in the midst of a society which requires a philanthropic hand from techies,so then @stevemuiruri discussed of how we could implement an open source project to help the less fortunate to minimize the digital divide.@labanish then took over explaining the 8 leadership principles a techprenuer should have to attain excellence.@dmabiria highlighted on the issue of #how to Learn creativity.@moffatmn,our University GSA vetted on issue of applying for the Google Student Ambasador Program,which is still on.

#No More Tweets Now!–>//just a comment

We got into the business of the day-Coding .Members present were grouped having cognizant of the middle leveled,perfect or dummy programmers.Apparently everyone was ready to touch some code,so @stevemuiruri had an easier time to train the members.We were to create an online registration form composing of;

  • User friendly interface-(HTML5)
  • MySQL database
  • Server side(PHP)

Programming was fun and  gamelike,with members asking as many queries as their db could hold.@stevemuiruri also gave some few incentives on the success of the first project,free hosting on his website among others.


My group also did something,we created the below form,connected to MySQL database,inserted and retrieved data.gurup

The total members who turned up for the event were around 30 in which around 4 were non-computer science students.After the long coding and practicing section,the meeting was adjourned by a word of prayer from Flevian,our first year upcoming #codedivah.

3In conclusion this reminds me of a famous quote from Zig Ziglar,

“You can have anything you WANT in life if you will help enough other people get what they WANT!”

We share,help and teach others how to code…That’s EUCOSSA.If you missed this version of @guruscorner…am sorry,come next week!

>>>i will be taking comrades who yearn to touch #android,step by step.


Kind Regards.

Welcome to Laban’s take,version 2.0

@labanishHello comrades,here comes another one,Laban’s Take.Despite the challenges i face from black-hat hackers,blogging to me is a tenacious grip.As a second appearance,this blog will inform you of the various postings and development in tech,more so i will give you a geeky look of our campus,Egerton University-The world Class University,not to forget.

I will be informing  you on which resources to utilize as such a time as this when the Government of Kenya has a broad vision of making Kenya a middle-income economy dubbed Kenya Vision 2030.Keep blogging ,so that we can dub our Campus “…A world class University for advancement of Technology…”

That notwithstanding, have some few Disclaimers here:

  • I the author of the content that can be found here within can assure you, the reader that any of the opinions expressed here are my own in which i will acknowledged the author if from a shared resource.
  • I am not a grammar Student,i only understand binary,with which i do express with a fair English fluency…

Kind Regards.