East Africa may leverage factors in its favor such as the global attention, having thousands of new ICT graduates every year, increased penetration of mobile phones, improved international bandwidth, and supportive regulatory frameworks to become a global hub for mobile innovation. It is this effort that m:lab East Africa wishes to contribute to through its training program. The Lab intends to increase local human capacity to pursue mobile innovations by numbers and by depth of skills.
The Lab’s training on mobile applications development and related technologies is delivered through short course programs, usually in partnership with (and sponsored by) key industry stake holders. The training program is designed to offer individuals an opportunity to hone their skills on mobile applications technologies.
The trainings are normally undertaken at m:lab East Africa’s training facility located on the 3rd floor of Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong road – one floor beneath the iHub. The training facility has capacity for 25 students equipped with computers and high speed Internet connections. The Lab’s testing facility equipped with a wide range of mobile devices from various manufacturers is also accessible to the students.
Technologies covered in the training usually include Android, Windows Phone, J2me, php, mysql, LWUIT, Mobile Web , IVR, User Experience (UX) Design, SMS, Systems Design. Students also get to cover training on business for mobile. This is meant to improve their entrepreneurial skills and in many cases, is complemented by short business incubation period after the training.
In the course of the training, students get to interact with other developers and domain experts from different development sectors through events organized by m:lab East Africa and the iHub community.