LISHA NAFSI HEALTH APP: Improving Kenyans health with localized nutrition App

BY Sharon Macharia, Michelle Siro,  Angela Maina &Catherine Maina   

 

One’s health is the source of their wealth. So many times this statement has been echoed, but unfortunately it only rings in our heads when we are down and out or in a hospital bed. Even with the rise of awareness that a persons diets is a major determinant of whether they get sick or not, not enough people put in the necessary effort to eat a clean healthy diet. In Kenya, 27% of deaths among people aged 30 to 70 are caused by the various cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and heart ailments. These are all non-communicable diseases (NCD), mostly caused by poor diet and lifestyle. A great health App that will enable consumers to be fully aware of what they put in their bodies, is ideal for such individuals. Those also who are at a high risk of getting a NCD are also the target of this application. individual’s who want to continue leading healthier lifestyles can also take advantage of this App because it gives a great simplified breakdown of ingredients in products and what is good or bad for you to consume.

The phrase ‘when you know better, you do better’ is not always practical. One may know that they need to eat healthier foods but still gravitate towards what they know and is not healthy. In the day and age of technology where we have information in the palm of our hands, people have become more empowered than ever to take control of their lifestyles and even health. There are Apps that help with work outs, showing nutrient levels in foods and such applications may be the start to helping people take control of their health.

All products in the Kenyan market must pass a standard of quality test by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) even with this standardizing body in place counterfeit products still make it to the market and also various ingredients which have yet to be banned by the board and been proven to be bad for one’s health and banned in other countries. The system, like any other, is not perfect. This poses the problem of consuming products assuming they are good, but not knowing the actual implications of what is inside the product. The App we have proposed intends to give a variety of information with the intention of making the Kenyan consumers aware of what products they consume contain, indicate if the food or product is acceptable for people with different ailments especially Non Communicable Diseases and even allergies.


This App intends to inform the Kenyan consumer of most of the products that are found locally. Just with a simple search or scan (on the ingredient section) of a product be it a jar of jam or a packet of flour the App will give you information of the product, probable allergens and also what may be harmful in the product or not advisable for a person with a certain health condition. This App will bring awareness to the consumers who wants to be healthy and wants to know what they consume in their products so as to lead a healthier lifestyle.

MAKING USIU-AFRICA GET ‘WITH IT!’

By Nelly Gitau, Wambui Mwangi, Brenda Munene and Mark Kariuki

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Source: Daily Nation

Confucius once said that a wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. This great proverb demonstrates the age old understanding that, in order to survive, one must be adaptable. This line of thinking has never been more relevant than in the digital age. In the digital age, life moves at a faster rate than ever. It’s all about keeping up with this fast pace – it’s about move it or lose it. Nothing is immune. From social, political and economic systems – everything is being forced to adapt in order to remain relevant. One of the most affected social systems is learning. Ken Robinson talks about bringing on the learning evolution is his TED Talk below. Essentially the idea is that millennials have grown up in a digital world, therefore reasoning only suggests that learning also needs to go digital.

This brings us to universities which are a corner-stone for learning and innovations. The digital revolution is necessitating them to roll out solutions that take advantage of these advances. Aspects like E-learning, online portals, e-libraries, e-books, e-journals and e-resources are just among some of the new ideas being rolled out. Unique websites are also helping schools get noticed, and remain relevant. One of the gaps that still remains, especially in the African context, is mobile Apps for universities. Continue reading MAKING USIU-AFRICA GET ‘WITH IT!’

Say ‘Elo’ To Kenya’s Solution To Tourist Communication

Published by: Givens Kachero (638161) | Winnie Booker (652857) | Hussein Jiva (628978) | Lewis Ochieng (652838)

Kenya is a hotbed of culture, attractions and innovation – a reputation the nation has earned for its various exploits, achievements and contributions. And among the key sectors that have contributed to the country’s burgeoning success stories is the tourism sector.

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Radar app: Exposing the fibs and fables of political candidates

By Eannes Ongus, Julie Okiro, Kevin Mudavadi and Natasha Nduhiu

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Photo (c) American News X

Mobile phones are the best way to end voter ignorance. For years, gullible Kenyans have continued to believe the lies that politicians tell. You should take a politician’s promises with a pinch of salt. This is an unfortunate but known truth across the globe. Political candidates in particular are some of the best salesmen; they use charm, charisma and flowery words to build trust, which translates into votes during elections. In Kenya, the situation is no different. Politicians will resort to all measures to entice voters.

Today is an age unlike any other. Thanks to digital technology, and particularly the mobile phone, it is possible to reach and inform millions of people within seconds, regardless of their location. In Kenya alone, mobile penetration stood at 88.1 per cent in 2016, with 37.8 million subscribers up from 36.1 million the previous year.

This is the inspiration behind the proposed Radar Application, which will make use of mobile phone technology. It will have an edge unlike other forms of civic education: it can be carried everywhere, available via text message, automated voice, Android and iOS stores. The Radar App will provide the citizens with valuable information to evaluate their leaders in relation to their performance and office requirements.

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How you can be caught by your spouse while involved in digital infidelity in this digital age By Peter Kuta

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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY HAS AFFECTED DATING.

Rachel, Muthoni

Everybody wants to meet the one, but not everyone has a Cinderella story where you meet your prince charming by losing a shoe. In the past people have been limited on who to date that is according to the tribe, gender, race and other factors. This traditional way of dating has however proven to be very hard and such a cliché, example where a person spills a drink on another or accidentally bumps into each other. As time goes, these factors no longer matter and people are now open to dating diversely.

About 59% say social media makes them feel more connected to what is going on in their significant other’s life, although just 15% indicate that it makes them feel “a lot” more connected. About one-third (35%) of these teens say social media does not make them feel more connected with their significant other.

Through online dating site, single people can meet others in an easier way. They get on the sites and give a description of what they expect. They give all the attributes they want and also describe themselves. If someone is interested in them and can fit in the description, they can like on their page or profile, and if the interest is mutual, they match and arrange to meet. These dating sites have so many advantages as it helps save time which people use to look for someone who shares their interest. By the time you are going on a date with the person you already know their interest that is if they are looking for a wife, something casual or any relationship. Also for individuals who have no courage to approach others face to face online dating is the way to go.

Social media, on the other hand, has also affected dating. Before all these people found long distance relationship a waste of time. It is through Whatsapp, Facebook, IMO and Instagram, social media has become so comfortable. It makes dating fun and keeps the relationship alive. People can now video chat, text, share videos and pictures. Also, it is easier to avoid cheating as people can declare to the public on their Facebook page their relationship status. It is also easier to know the others interest. Some people use social media for a little stalking example, checking the others last seen online time, checking their photos and whom they regularly chat with.

Modern Keyboard With Colored Social Network Buttons.

There are also groups or pages where people example those who have same sex interest such as, lesbians and bisexuals can meet others with the same interest without fear of being judged. Digital media makes it easier for them as minorities in the dating world to meet in an easier way.

Blogs and other websites also help most people in relationships with advice on certain issues that affect them. Others start page where they discuss certain matters that they share or have experience on. It is sometimes easier for people to tell their relationship problems to strangers other than people you know due to fear of being judged.

Digital technology on the other side has affected dating negatively. This is as the sweet process of getting to know someone from the start is cut down. People already know what to expect, and this thus ruins the honeymoon stage. It also spoils the thought of fate being the reason why people met. Also through stalking on social media, it shows distrust and can lead to problems in the relationship. Also, people tend to lie on social media and dating sites which can be misleading. This affects others as when you meet it is not what one expected. Others get too comfortable dating online that they do not want to meet.

EVENTS, TICKETING AND THE DIGITAL AGE

BY WESLENE ORWOBA

While the value of face-to-face events can never be replaced, the nature of event planning has transformed with time. Various innovations have reduced the need to attend all events. These are:

  • Live broadcast: online streamlining or television airing of an event allows others to follow proceedings without physical presence at the event.
  • Virtual events: through webinars and hang outs, contributors are invited to participate in an event from their comfort, without convening at a central venue. In addition, this can be downloaded or posted on the internet for reference. This has been a milestone for corporate events planning.
  • Social Media: real time interaction with audiences at the event and other audience who are not, has caused event planners to engage influential social media users to drive conversations with a larger audience.

In Kenya, event planners have learnt to use innovations to improve events rather than reduce attendance. Events experiences have been improved, beyond offering the main attraction only. Through communication, the innovations are depicted to target diaspora while those within reach are encouraged to attend for exclusive experiences that cannot be replaced. For instance, having dinner with a key note speaker, hence ensuring lengthy and detailed conversations which cannot be achieved through the internet.

Online ticketing, a breakthrough in technology, is a current craze in Kenya. Popular events like The Color Festival, that, initially, did not have or had minimum media partnership to boost promotion, learnt to promote the events online as an exclusive privilege. The events are created on the social pages where members confirm attendance and buy the tickets online. This way, the organizers are sure of attendance and can plan activities in accordance to registration. Members also have the feeling of exclusive membership especially where the event is for a particular target group. In the case of color festival, the adolescents prefer to host their own events away from preying eyes of the adults.

In Nairobi, hardly does an event pass without an exciting event. Tech mogul and CEO of Verviant , a software development company, realized this opportunity and seized the day as the founder of TicketSasa, an online tickets purchase platform. For Vervient, this was a supporting service as the main offering of the company was Pesa Pal, an online payments platform. However, four years down the line, Tickets purchase have taken the front seat.

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This is no wonder as event planners, with the need to plan ahead, have utilized this technology to bid uncertainty goodbye with by selling event tickets exclusively online through this unrivaled ticket purchase platform in Kenya. The website has gone beyond ticket sales to becoming the official go-to website to for finding out what is happening in Nairobi. The phenomenon has grown to exclusive advance ticket sales whereby major Nairobi events such as Koroga Festival and Blankets & Wine only sell advance tickets and none at the venue. Surprisingly, this too has become a promotional tactic for the organizers whereby Sold Out tickets for one event have boosted earlier sales for the next event.

‘Because You Said So’ is a Kenyan comedy stage play/show that is only promoted on line and tickets sold through TicketSasa.

Given that this is an emerging trend, it has mainly been picked up in Nairobi, the capital city, where Kenya is concerned. However, with this speedy uptake, growth beyond the city has been speculated by techies an event planners. Fraud has also been a concern for online ticket purchases whereby Verviant has curbed this by ensuring all purchases are done from a registered account, linked to valid identification. All purchases are therefore traceable. The platform operates on a software that scans all card used for fraud. The chip and pin technology has also aided in curbing this challenge. It is safe for all users.

While many speculated that the digital era will reduce face-to-face interaction, events continue to remain relevant with the industry embracing technology rather than fearing. More opportunities have been created and thanks to technology, events industry in Kenya is only growing and not diminishing.