Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Software Engineering Mentorship

 

Target: Upper Primary, High School, College


Date: Tue 28th November 2017

(this date was adjusted from previously annouced date)

Location: MOW Sports Club, South C, Nairobi

Target: Upper Primary, High School, College youth



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We are pleased to collaborate with  Cellulant due to their passion of mentoring youth through AKAD youth. 

In 2008, Cellulant received the Pinnacle Award as the Top Middle-Sized Company in Kenya. Ten years later, Cellulant is in 13 countries, servicing 33 markets in Africa - reaching for the stars, dreaming big and making possible the impossible with global payments and online payment solutions for Africa. They are an excellent fit in mentoring youth for careers in Software Engineering. Cellulant is working its way to connecting African consumers with up to 7M businesses to claim a piece of a $20B payments market
           
     
        
 
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 Speaker Profiles

GEORGE MWAURA
Software Engineer
Cellulant Kenya

George Mwaura Ngigi is a graduate from Africa Nazarene University. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. George Started working while he was still in campus. He did two PHD projects for two of his lecturers while he was still a student at the same University. He also volunteered to lecture his fellow students during his free time. George Started the journey of mobile application development in 2013 when he received a scholarship to learn mobile application development at Zalego Institute.

To date, he has been developing mobile applications for different companies and individuals. Before His graduation, George got his first Job at Zalego as a trainer where he worked for one and a half years then soon after he went into self-employment where he worked as a part-timer in a number of organizations (Ebonix Kenya, Zalego Institute among many others). In April 2017 he started working on a mobile application called DINGAH which he is still working on and making improvement on it each and every day. 

The first application that George worked on was Wasafiri Transporters. George Has worked on a number of applications (Wasafiri Transporters, HypeMag, Dingah, Catho App, MULA) among many others.

 In 2017 George Joined Cellulant after working as a freelancer for 1 year. At cellulant George works as a software engineer working on the mula application. Apart from software development George does poultry farming and he also likes singing and listening to good gospel music.

     

SAMUEL KUBAI KAMAU
Software Engineer
Cellulant Kenya
   
Samuel Kubai Kamau is a graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, class of 2017 where he earned a bachelor's degree in information technology.

Samuel started programming at the age of seventeen. Before he went to university, he used to read his brother's computer science books and taught himself how to write elementary software. He continued training himself and in second year was able to land a position in a software agency where he primarily built websites for various clients. He however didn't stay for long in this position as he found the work there not as involving as he would have liked. Samuel quit and started building his own application to facilitate sharing of books and resources in his campus. 

The app grew a user base of 2,000 before he could no longer afford keeping it up and running. In his third year he went back to employment; looking for a place where he would get mentored and a chance to grow; he got hired in a consulting firm in Nairobi, called Ralph Owino consulting but this was different from his previous firm, here the work was geared more to the cutting edge, he worked here for a year horning his skills as a web developer. After his time at Ralph Owino he went back to school for his final semester after which he graduated with first class honors and soon after joined Cellulant Kenya in early 2017 and was quickly in cooperated to the Mula Checkout team in which he has become very instrumental in to release their first stable release in November 2017.

Apart from software engineering Samuel enjoys playing and watching a vast number of sports in his free time.



  
Catherine Njeri 

Catherine is a second year Electrical Engineering student at the African Leadership University (ALU) in Mauritius on a full corporate scholarship. 

She has worked on numerous projects in the Information Technology sector and is an advocate for more empowerment of the girl child in Science-related fields. 

She currently chairs the Women in Tech Society on the ALU campus, having successfully held the first ever women’s technology hackathon on the ALU campus.

Catherine has worked with AKAD numerous times to reach and inspire young students pursuing science-related courses. She has had the opportunity to speak to over 3,000 high school
students through AKAD as well as thousands more through KBC Radio and Television about her passion for mentoring future engineers.

Currently, Catherine is taking an internship at Cellulant Ltd. where she has spearheaded the streamlining of the group with a new Business Reporting process that saves the company over 10 hours on analysis every month. She also takes charge of training all country managers on the new reporting process. In addition, she works directly with the Chief Business Officer in articulating the company’s product 'go-to market' playbook.

Catherine’s aim is to play a significant role in using technology to create more efficient ways to produce and utilize energy on our planet.

Watch more about Catherine’s tech inspirations here .


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