Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology : eMobilis is licensed and certified as an accredited technical training institution in Kenya (Certificate number MOHEST/PC/1909/012).
Infodev: eMobilis is part of the consortium that won the bid to host the Worldbank Infodev m:Lab for East Africa.InfoDev is a donor-funded ICT for development agency hosted by the World Bank, and has formed a public/private partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland and Nokia to undertake a joint program on Creating Sustainable Businesses for the Knowledge Economy, worth some €12 million, that will run from 2010 – 2012.
In May of 2011 eMobilis partnered with the World's number 1 handset manufacturer, Nokia to offer a custom 14 week program to train hand selected students on Java and Nokia Technologies to allow them to create mobile applications of their choice.
Through an Evening class for those employed including a Doctor, an employee of Uchumi, of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, of Safaricom, and employees from local eCommerce technology companies etc and a Daytime Class of 14 selected from over 200 applicants, students were trained through this fully sponsored program.
"The program was well executed and the entire time well distributed which made it easier to cover the units within the program. The tutor had all it takes for the course because he had an easy time and enjoyment as he took us through the program. The practical rooms were okay and other preliminaries available for use by the students." said Peter Macharia of Uchumi a student of the program.
With guidance from eMobilis, speakers from Nokia and the Test phones made available (by eMobilis) students were also given individual OVI/ Nokia Store Publisher accounts and they created mobile apps including the following:
1. Asteroid Attack - Simulates an alien attack on Nairobi
2. Bidhaa Tele - Enables customers to shop for goods on their phones and have them delivered
3. Msafiri - A travelers application
4. mKamusi - A Kiswahili dictionary (Kamusi).
5. k-Roads - Traffic Information
6. iDetective - Tracks activities of a specified location
7. Lihesa - Shows diseases that affects livestock
8. Health Record - Gives health Notifications.
Nokia will help the developers in marketing their applications.
"I found the program to be quite enlightening and practical. The mode of instruction used was quite effective.What I liked most was the structure of the entire program which allowed for sufficient incubation and skill acquisition", Noted Helen Kariuki of Safaricom, another student of the program.
Safaricom: eMobilis has partnered with Safaricom Academy, and is responsible for running the operators Incubation service for developers.
iHub: eMobilis has partnered with iHub to lead the rollout of the Worldbank mLab initiative in East Africa. Via this partnership, eMobilis students have access to Business Incubation service, as well as exposure to seed money via Venture Capitalists, and numerous Industry Events.
University of Nairobi: eMobilis has partnered with the University of Nairobi, School of Computing Science, to roll out the World Bank m:Lab initiative in East Africa. Key consumer insight and research from the university will be availed to eMobilis Students, enabling them to understand what the market needs are with respect to Mobile Technology applications. Our students will have access to information that gives them a clear understanding of consumer behavior, enabling them to understand how to create innovative competitive applications.
eMobilis partnered with Google from September 2011 to May 2012 to train SMEs on how to create and develop free websites for their businesses using Kenya Business Online Google tool www.kbo.co.ke.
Dar Teknohama (ICT) Business Incubator (DTBi)
The Dar Teknohama (ICT) Business Incubator (DTBi) together with eMobilis Mobile Training Academy and Nokia partnered and announced the launch of a fully funded developer training program which ran from the 10th of April to the 8th of June 2012. Thirty (30) students were selected from more than 120 applicants in Tanzania, who were enrolled for this first of a kind training in Tanzania.
The Official launch was kicked off by the Deputy Minister for Communication, Science & Technology, Hon. January Makamba, and attended by the Finnish Ambassador to Tanzania, Director General of the Commission for Science & Technology (COSTECH), the Senior VP from Nokia in charge of Middle East & Africa, among other dignitaries.
eMobilis’ key mandate included the Development of Curriculum, Training by 2 seasoned Developers to ensure a hands-on approach, organizing for industry speakers, reporting weekly on progress, guiding and co-ordinating students proposals for their final project and taking participants through the incubation process to publish Mobile Apps on the Nokia Store.
The programme, which kicked off for an initial 8 week period, was aimed at equipping a new set of developers with the skills to create mobile device applications using Java, and also to open up access to a wide array of tools that enable developers to push the boundaries of what is possible with Java based applications. The training services availed by eMobilis were provided in a professional manner within predetermined time constraints.
Some of the apps presented were as follows
Simba Sports Club Fun: It’s an application to list the players in the first team of the local club, their description, names, profiles and other info about the club and club fixtures.
Facebook Party Bomb: Enables users to connect with friends creating parties, sharing about their experiences and comment on the parties , the app keeps track of the party time and gives alarm when it is reached. Friends can share and invite their friend, creating cool monster parties.
memRecall: Allows a user to drop down his/her ideas into pages and have them ready for reading.
HIV CARE/HIVnaUKIMWI : HIVCARE is an informative application that offers advice on how to protect oneself from HIV, how to care for sick, how oneself is infected, explains about Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) and answers some common questions regarding HIV.
Math APP: It is a mathematics application where a user will have to select which part of mathematics calculation he/she wants to perform
easyPoll : A mobile application for voting.
WakeMeUp: Has features that when the alarm goes off you need to input 9 digits to shut it off. The app will show the code on the phone and will change daily. While going off your volume on and off buttons will be locked until you type the code in correctly.
eMobilis and Nairobits Strategic Partnership
eMobilis Mobile Technology Institute has partnered with Nairobits Trust with an aim of recognizing the mutual positive benefits that could be achieved in using technology and youth training to tackle The World’s challenges like information, creativity and information.
Nairobits Trust is a non-profit organization based in Kenya, which seeks to empower marginalized youth between the age of 15 to 24 living in the urban non-formal settlements, by providing them with training in multimedia, entrepreneurship, reproductive health and life skills with an aim of giving them chances in the formal and non-formal employment. eMobilis on the other hand is a training institution that focuses on training individuals on Mobile Software Development as well as Network infrastructure management.
During the partnership, Nairobits will look towards increasing the reach of its courses by training them on mobile apps and other software development while they increase their market reach.
The core purpose of this strategic partnership is to provide extra educational opportunities to Nairobits students through training in mobile app, to improve visibility for both institutions through co-marketing and to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in accessing technology among others.
Each of the two organizations has responsibilities that they should undertake for the duration of the partnership. Some of the responsibilities to be undertaken by eMobilis include offering short trainings for Nairobits beneficiaries and attending events and activities hosted by Nairobits among others.