It’s so dull being in one place. When you have no one to tell “excuse me…” or say “thank you…” or toddlers staring at you and you have to smile at them back and see them flinching. 😊
That’s me atimes. I just walked on the train station and decided to go to a destination unknown to me, just to experience some fresh air and see new people, architecture and city most visited spots.
Unknown to me is that everyone is just doing the same thing! The place i was to visit is fully booked! Nevertheless I had some fun!
Being away from your home country makes you vulnerable to many things. But on the other hand, it gives you a sense of self, you know what you like, what you dislike, as you are in a new environment where very few conform to your culture. You become open to learning and adapting to new culture and things. By the way, some doubt your abilities, more to that later!
As a young lad from Kenya, i moved to Europe with a quest to brighten up my future, so everyone else is. It has been a roller coaster, but no regrets at all. I appreciate the person I have become of recent.
Pals, as the world becomes smaller each day, you will realize there is no big difference between all of us, Black or White, Asian or African etc, the least you can do is to appreciate each other and uphold respect to each other. The pandemic has taught us a big lesson, we need each other to survive in this world. No man is an island!
Back to my trip, am on a train, it’s getting dark, i may not have the view from my window. Let me do some quick refresh study to some IT stuff 😊
On Tuesday 2nd at around 12:10 pm i checked in at Southern Sun MayFair,Nairobi.Along the Westlands drive.In there I was warmly welcomed and taken to the reception. There I was given the room number 249 where I was to spend four days. Excitement filled the air, another attendant took my bag and directed me to the room. The housekeeper was very courteous even in the way the engaged me.
All this was being done courtesy of Google Inc,they had organized a Google Students’ Ambassador training summit termed and hashtaged as #gsummit13.The summit was hosting more than 150 Google Student Ambassadors from different countries in Africa also from various universities. Egerton University was represented by my very own course mate Dickens Otieno and I.
My roommate was Lawal Mashal,an Oga from Nigeria.I was watching Afro-cinema live from my room …LOL.
That evening after checking in we were welcomed for a candle light dinner at Oasis Restaurant. Here the experience was so amazing. I met different Nationalities that had checked in earlier. Kenyan will ever be Kenyans anyway…their demeanor never changes …look at a conversation I heard between two Kenyans;
Gentleman:Hi,am Geff and it’s a pleasure meeting you here…(spoke with a British English accent..);
Lady:Hi too,am Fiona from *cccccc,a University in Kenya…
Gentleman:mmmmh…Kwenda huko…!wewe ni mkenya!…(Go away…you are a Kenyan..!)
This was really fun. I too introduced myself to several…then retired to bed for the night.
Early next morning we had to take breakfast at Oasis Restaurant, served as buffet, then leave to Visa Oshwal Center, where our training was based. All the GSAs were gleaming in red GSA T-shirts. This was cool,meeting the Googlers and other wonderful minds in the world. I took the same for my advantage and got cosy with several…
In the evening, dinner was set to be
served at Village Market. Some of these places I normally see them in the media being advertised. I really thank God for the favor of even going there. At Steers, you had to buy anything worth equal or less than a 1000 bob. Chicken and fries were my favorite…
Again as usual, breakfast was served at Oasis Restaurant. Then we got to the buses which ferried us again to Visa Oshwal Center.The day’s event were exciting, we had talks from different Googlers,at a time we had dances to stretch up and more shwag!! followed.
The dinner that evening was at Westgate Mall, along Westlands drive.The recipe was drooling…I ate to my full.The Googlers proved to me that, to win a man’s heart, is through the stomach! That night climaxed at the Theatre, The Westgate Movies, we were to watch ‘The Internship’-a Nooglers movie. This was too awesome .By the time it was midnight, I was just tired of the day’s events.
The day’s activities started off well, ostensibly everyone looked sad…this was because this
was the last day for the #HappyDays Summit .Off at Visa Oshwal guys looked busy exchanging twitter, Google+ an fb contacts, for they knew some were to catch a flight early the next day. I was not left out. That’s why I write this as a memoir. I took as many as I could. That very day we also had our first win as the Kenyan GSA team. These all happened after being given a challenge, you solve it, then post it on Google+. The team with the highest number of +1 carried the day. Kenyans tenaciously worked over and definitely won $1000!!!.[Congratulations]
Well, the climax of the whole summit finally met us, Gala night. It was hosted at Panari
Hotel along Mombasa road.The rule of the game was to have any traditional attire…because am proud to be an African,I wore a Maasai shirt and I was good to go. Africans outfits were awesome, this was asserted by some South African GSAs who were whites.My roommate Lawal,the Nigerian,was in their Oga Igwe outfit…this was awesome. Not to forget, the ladies from Ethiopia, they looked cute … 🙂
First I got a seat next to a lady from Uganda.That was my first achievement 🙂 then got a free dinner party thrown courtesy of Google Inc.I won’t share with you our conversation which is much promising and futurist! …anyway Nyama choma (roasted meat) was the order of the night!…then for the lovers of dance-hall, came their time,a full blown party for them.
I can’t share with you everything here in writing, because the experience at #gsummit13 was much than this. It’s a memoir that can’t be scratched out in my mind. As I pen off, the most crucial lesson that I learnt and I would like to share is that, everyone can change his/her social milieu ,it only takes you being tenacious and making pragmatic decisions…one more thing,our God is ever Faithful,He made the whole summit successful.
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.
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;
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.
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
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;
Egercity-took the first place!
Notbuk-ranked second best
Findout -took the 3rd place.
The Group two guys conceded defeat instantly,i liked that.
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.
Hello 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)
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.