Collaborations in School of Computing and Informatics

Uonbi Innovative Application Of Icts In Addressing Water-related Impacts Of Climate Change



The main objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of registered Masters and PhD students in universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America to more effectively engage in research on application of ICTs for water management under changing climatic conditions and the attendant policy formulation.

The specific objectives are to seek funds to:

  • Train/support graduate students (Masters and PhD levels) to conduct research on ICTs, climate change and water through research awards;
  • Build institutional applied research capacity on ICTs and climate change adaptation strategies in the water sector in weakly funded postgraduate programs in the various universities in the three regions; and
  • Increase inter-regional partnerships and collaborations among the participating institutions in this emerging area of applied research.


Link: ictwcc

Abt Associates (kenya)

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators.  The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

Abt Associates (Kenya) has been collaborating with the School of Computing & Informatics in training on health informatics.


Link: Abt Associates

Anloc – African Network For Localization

Research Area: Language technology / Natural Language processing / Localization

Title: ANLoc – African Network for Localization

Sponsor/Donor: Zuza Software Foundation ( (Pan African Network),Value: Ksh. 1.2M

Period: 2009 -

Partners: Zuza Software Foundation ( (Pan African Network)

Description: Localization of into local Kenyan Languages – development of Locales for use on Computers; development of Spellcheckers for several local languages – Dholuo, Gikuyu, Kamba, Luhya, Kalenjin, etc

Relevance: Vision 2030, social and economic pillars. Enhance adoption of ICT amongst the local population.

Link: Zuza Software Foundation


The C4DLab is a Research & Development Lab, based at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi.


The Lab is involved in the following activities:

    • Research
    • Capacity building and training
    • Design and development
    • Piloting and Rollout
    • Consultancies

Link: C4DLAB


This is a service website that has been incubated by the C4D Lab of the School of Computing and Informatics. It gives the users flexibility and convenience of converting their airtime to cash, switching airtime across different service providers for example you can switch your Safaricom airtime to Orange airtime and vice versa, you can also buy airtime online with the service and lastly there is bulk airtime service which allows users to send airtime to multiple phone numbers in different networks

Link: Chura

Developing Online Language Technology Resources For Igbo

Research Area: Language Technology / Natural language Processing

Title: Developing online language technology resources for Igbo

Sponsor/Donor: Ford Foundation , Value:

Period: 2010 – 2012

Partners: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Nigeria, Bard College, NY, USA

Description: Development of online resources to support research and R&D in language technology.

Relevance: Vision 2030, social pillar

Link: Ford Foundation

Development Of A Pbo Industry In Kenya: Critical Success Factors

Research Area: ICT for Development (ICT4D)

Title: Development of a PBO Industry in Kenya: Critical Success Factors

Sponsor/Donor: IDRC, Value: CanD 80,000

Period: 2008-2009

Description: To carry out research leading to the determination of factors contributing to the success of BPO initiatives.

Relevance: Vision 2030, key sector of the economic pillar


Link: ict4dgrants

Diasporas And Distributed Computing: Towards Uon Center Of Excellence In Distributed Computing And Modeling

Research Area: Distributed Computing

Title: Diasporas and Distributed Computing: Towards UoN Center of Excellence in Distributed Computing and Modeling

Sponsor/Donor: UNESCO and Hewlett Packard, Value: USD 45,000

Description: To carry out research leading to the establishment of a University and national grid and cloud computing infrastructure to support research in science and technology. The infrastructure will facilitate access by our scientists to global resources, facilities, applications and data. One of the objectives is that the infrastructure will facilitate collaboration with Africans in the Diaspora enabling the latter to participate in research and development activities of their mother countries. This leads to Brain gain to counter the existing Brain Drain. The other output is that the infrastructure will facilitate access to high performance computing resources.

Relevance: Vision 2030, key enabler of STI of the economic pillar.

Link: HP/UNESCO Brain Gain Project

Ict Sector Performance Review - Evidence Based Ict Policy Making And Regulations

Research Area: ICT for Development (ICT4D)

Title: ICT sector performance review - evidence based ICT policy making and regulations

Sponsor/Donor: IDRC, Value:

Period: 2009-2010

Description: Conduct research into current policy outcomes through supply and demand side studies in order to make public interested interventions in ICT policy and regulatory processes

Relevance: National ICT Policy

Link: View Details

Kitenge Festival

Kitenge festival is an annual event that takes place in Village Market and allows designs from all parts of the contry a chance to showcase there products.

Here people get to admire African Inspired Fashion while they mingle with their favorite local deseigners.

The designers range from all the renowned names in the indusrty to the young and upcoming designers.

Link: Kitenge Festival

Korda (kenya Oncological Research Database)

Research Area: Health Informatics

Title: KORDA (Kenya Oncological Research Database)

Sponsor/Donor: ROCHE , Value:

Period: 2010 – 2011

Partners: School of Medicine, UoN

Description: Development of a database to support research in cancer. The database is distributed, integrated and with a web interface.

Relevance: Vision 2030, promote and support scientific research.


Liberation Technologies Program - Design Thinking : Topic “access To Health Care By Low Income Communities”

Research Area: Mobile Computing / Human Computer Interaction

Title: Liberation Technologies Program - Design Thinking : Topic “Access to health care by low income communities”

Sponsor/Donor: Liberation Technologies, Stanford University, Nokia ,Value: KSh. 3million

Period: 2010 -

Partners: Designing for the low income communities relevant mobile applications that can meet their needs.

This was in collaboration with Stanford University

Description: Designing for the low income communities relevant mobile applications that can meet their needs.

This is in collaboration with Stanford University. The expected benefit is to be able to develop applications that appropriate and have appropriate user interfaces to increase use of ICT technology and subsequently lead to economic and social benefits.

Relevance: Vision 2030, social and economic pillars

Link: Liberation Technologies, Stanford University

M:lab East Africa

m:lab East Africa is a consortium of four organizations aiming to be a leader in identifying, nurturing and helping to build sustainable enterprises in the knowledge economy. The consortium members and their roles are :-

  • eMobilis, Education, training, accredition and certification.
  • World Wide Web Foundation – curriculum and content, training and Education
  • The University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics for rigorous academic research
  • iHub for community interaction, development space, events and access to capital and markets

Link: m:lab

Mobile Application Development Course For Spurring Technological Growth: A Uon-google Education Innovation Initiative In Kenya

Research Area: E-Learning

Title: Mobile Application Development Course for Spurring Technological Growth: A UoN-Google Education Innovation Initiative in Kenya

Sponsor/Donor: Google, Inc Value: USD 15,000

Period: 2010 – 2012

Partners: Google, Inc

Description: To develop innovative online courses in web-based services and applications in the mobile environment

Relevance: Vision 2030 social and economic pillars

Link: Google Education Initiative

Okwea Construction Company

Link: OKWEA Construction Company

Poverty And Information & Communication Technology Systems In Urban And Rural Eastern-africa (picture Africa)

Research Area: ICT for Development (ICT4D)

Title: Poverty and Information & Communication Technology Systems in Urban and Rural Eastern-Africa (PICTURE Africa)

Sponsor/Donor: IDRC, Value: CAN$ 350,000

Period: 2006-2010

Description: To study the possible impact of of Information & Communication Technology Systems on poverty in Urban and Rural Eastern-Africa (PICTURE Africa). To study the potential role of ICT in poverty alleviation initiatives.

Relevance: Vision 2030, the economic pillar


Link: View Details

Real-time, Farmer-centric M&e Platform

Research Area: ICT4D / Software Systems

Title: Real-time, Farmer-centric M&E platform

Sponsor/Donor: NCST, Value:

Period: 2010 – 2012

Description: …

Relevance: Vision 2030, social and economic pillars


Regional Mobile Applications Lab - A World Bank’s Infodev, Project

Research Area: Localization

Title: Regional mobile applications Lab - A World Bank’s Infodev, Project

Sponsor/Donor: World Bank’s Infodev, Finnish Foreign Ministry and Nokia ,Value: USD 200,000

Period: 2010 – 2013

Partners: SCI is part of the Regional Mobile Applications Lab (m:Lab). Partners in the consortium are:

i-Hub, emobilis, World Wide Web Foundation.

Description: Development of the mobile phone applications ecosystem in Eastern Africa. Incubation of businesses around mobile applications development Focus on the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP)

Relevance: Vision 2030, social and economic pillars

Link: World Bank (infoDev)

Research Grants On Ict For Development

Link: ict4dgrants


An online cloud based music player

Link: Tunebanda

University Of Games

University of Games ® was started in 2011 when a bunch of guys decided to combine their love for games with skills learned in school to make a business. We applied for The Tandaa Grant which is a facility offered by the the Kenya government in conjunction with The World Bank to support young “techpreneurs” in the country.

We were fortunate to win a one year contract based on the grant and we are very grateful.

We aim to develop games for Mobile, Web and PC.


The School frequently participate in game competitions

Link: uogames

Utilities For Blind And Visually Impaired Persons – Research And Development

Research Area: Human Computer Interaction

Title: Utilities for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons – Research and Development

Sponsor/Donor: ICT Board, Value: Ksh. 800,000

Period: 2010 – 2012

Partners: Kenya Society for the Blind

Description: Development of voice/audio drive applications for the blind to run on java enabled low-end phones.

This is a Kenya ICT Board funded project

Relevance: Vision 2030, social and economic pillars. Expand access to ICT by the disadvantaged.

Link: ICT Board of Kenya

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