INTEL Internet of Things (IoT) AT UEAB.

Continuous growth in developing open source software and availability of Cloud Storage (Online data storage) is on the rise, no doubt, and Intel at UEAB is at the forefront of this revolution. 6th May 2016 saw another successful Intel IoT event .The event saw 83 attendees converge at the Information Systems and Computing (ISC) Main lab to explore and improve their skill using Intel Galileo and Intel XDK IoT Edition with an aim of creating societal solutions. The attendees came from different departments in the university a clear indication of their interest on IoT. However, majority of the attendees came from ISC and Technology departments as expected. The major focus of the event was to introduce the attendees into the IoT world using Intel Galileo and Intel XDK IoT Edition.

The event kicked off at 9.35 am after a good number of attendees had arrived at the venue, I (Victor Sidho ISP UAEB) gave a welcoming keynote address thanking everyone for arriving and encouraged them to participate actively during the event. I then took them through the event schedule and made them aware that the event was fully sponsored by Intel and introduced the hashtags for the day #IoTUEAB and #IntelAtUEAB.

Mr. Onsongo Nyamwaya [HoD, ISC] took the floor and introduced IoT from the networking perspective defining it as an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. He emphasized that IoT leads to a shift in how networks are designed and we should embrace it.

Thereafter, Marvin Ngesa (ISP DeKUT) gave a deeper overview of IoT by use of examples of what they do at their institution. He displayed different video clips on what they do and what Intel Worldwide team is doing to better the world using IoT. He also gave an introduction of the 5G network stating that the mobile industry makes an evolutionary leap every 10 years; giving the advantages of the network. He challenged the attendees to be part of the making of 5G network.

Ngetich Towett(ISP Moi University)who was also in attendance was given a chance to speak. He then encouraged non-IT students to embrace and love technology and that it is never too late for them to do amazing things using Intel IoT. He inspired most of them by giving an example of himself that he is not pursuing a course related to IT. He urged the attendees to attend an Intel event that he is organizing at the Moi University-main campus on May 27th, 2016.

We wrapped up the morning session and headed off for lunch.

Ngesa Marvin conducted the afternoon session and it was a practical implementation of what the attendees had learnt during the morning session. The attendees were grouped into six groups and each was given the Intel Galileo Kit for development. Marvin then took the newbies into systematic installation of Intel Galileo drivers and the Arduino IDE then showed them the code structure. .He advised the attendees to later apply the knowledge in building something that could solve problems in our own country. At the end they developed prototypes and most importantly learnt and interacted with the board and the kit.

The event ended at 4.35pm with closing remarks from. I appreciate Ngesa Marvin and Ngetich Towett for taking their time to attend and participate the event. I also thank the lecturers who were there at the event: Mr. Onsongo Nyamwaya, Mr. Ochola Micah and Mrs. Rose Nyamwamu. Special gratitude to Intel for granting us such an amazing opportunity. I cannot forget to thank his organizing committee: Oluchi Ibeneme, Naomi Kirui and Edward Kipkalya for the success of the event.

Reported by

Sidho Victor — ISP UEAB.


Originally published at intelstudentpartnerseastafrica.wordpress.com on June 6, 2016.

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