Written by: Anshul Bhagi
Jan. 21, 2011
The 21 students in the 3-week Android + Entrepreneurship course are divided into 7 groups of 3 and we have structured the course such that each group will develop its own Android application over the duration of the course. On the final day of the course (Jan. 28), the students will present these applications, along with their monetization/business plan for the applications, to a group of innovators, investors, and engineers from Google, Safaricom, iHub, MIT, Harvard, and members of the Kenyan press.
Here are the project / business ideas for the seven groups, in the students' own words:
Bao.com is a virtual meeting place for sports fans where they can give comments and update others on sports events and team performance. It focuses on all sports and merchandise with help from Google maps and directions in finding venues and shops. It is a free android app with major revenue potential from adverts. Bao.com is the one stop shop for the kenyan sports fan!
Get the sales promotions and discounts in your locality and share them with your friends!. WapiDiscount uses technologies like Crowd Sourcing, Google Maps, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Augmented Reality to give you live information on promotions for free.
Snakes and Ladders:
Snakes & Ladders is a mobile phone version of the popular “Snakes and Ladders” classic board game built on the android mobile platform. The game seeks to take advantage of the wide and rich features offered by the android platform but hardly exploited by similar games in the android market to gain competitive edge. Players will compete in single player mode against the cell phone or in multi player mode over the internet thereby giving players a more interactive and enhanced experience only comparable to playing the real game.
Matatu* management system that relays real time information on the daily operation of the vehicle to management/owners: amount collected, overhead s, and current location. It replaces the traditional way of manual record keeping by the matatu crew, and reduces fraud by secretly capturing round trips and routes plied.
*Matatu: Public commuter vehicles in Kenya
“MyOpinion” is an android application that converges all opinion seeking services in one platform. This includes Media Houses and companies. Users participate by choosing a category and answering available questions, of which there is no limitation. A third category is blog that gives the user an opportunity to post a burning question, and answer each day’s “Question of the day”. The administrator posts each day’s question according to user preference popularity.
The companies in question give incentives to drive the usage of the product.Being a free application ,the target is media houses and companies, the revenue model being advertisements and SMS charges for the blog question.
Makao- "Taking you places!"
Makao is a location based mobile application developed on the Android platform. It seeks to eliminate the hustle faced by tourists and locals (working class) in finding accommodation. It possesses massive revenue potential from adverts and commission based collaborations with the relevant stakeholders in the Tourism and Property-Ownership industry. The application integrates up-to-date Location and Price-based searches, Maps and Directions to target locations, and many other features aimed at enhancing efficiency and cost-cuts on the part of locals and tourists by maximizing on the already available Google APIs.
iDhibiti (Transport – Personal Road Safety)
iDhibiti is an android application targeted at travelling passengers alerting them when the vehicle exceeds their set speed limit. This will allow passengers take action such as cautioning the driver or reporting to authority (traffic police, vehicle owners). Reduce road accidents and save lives using iDhibiti.