School of Computing & Informatics
Brian Kinyua is a name and a brand in the field of Game Programming industry in Kenya. His started back in the time when he was an undergraduate student at the School of Computing & Informatics, University of Nairobi where he graduated with Bsc. in Computer Science in the year 2012.
In his final year of study at the school, Brian became one of the 30 recipients of this grant of out of a total number of over 2,000 who bid to win bid to secure up to $50,000 in funding through Tandaa Grant which is a facility offered by the Kenya government in conjunction with The World Bank to support young “techpreneurs” in the country. Brian submitted a project titled "The Kenya Game Developers Initiative" in May 2012 and went through a detailed process that included submitting their proposal and financial plan online and participating in a professional business plan training. Brian was granted $10,000. Through this grant Brian teamed up with three others of like minds to birth a company famously known as “University of Games”.
He has been involved in development of a number of computer games such “Mau Mau” game, and latest being “Election Thief” which is an Android mobile game – already in the Android Market (Google Play).
Election Thief game was motivated by the 2007 Kenyan general election in which the election results were disputed sighting electoral irregularities. Brian and the team sought to address the issue through an interactive mobile game. This has attracted tremendous attention from the media and has been used to communicate the much needed peace advocacy especially after the recently concluded presidential election.