Getting Oriented

Kenya Summer 2011 Blog

Written by: Maksim Kolysh

June 9, 2011

It didn't take long for me to feel comfortable here in Nairobi, Kenya on my first trip to East Africa. I can already tell that living in this apartment complex is going to be amazing. We are staying at Mimosa Court, where we have a fully furnished, 3 bedroom apartment with an incredible accomodations, such as a pool and gym.

Today, Brian and I went down to Strathmore University. It's a beautiful place, and much of it is undergoing construction to accomodate the growing student population. The new Management Science building looks incredibly similar to the MIT Media Lab - pictures will be posted later. In addition to our tour of the campus, we also met with Sharon Mutisya, an administrator at the University, and Joseph Sevilla, the organizer of the program and soon-to-be director of a new iLab program at Strathmore. They briefed us on the current state of the program and how they see us being involved. It was definitely an eye opening experience to see the incredible growth in interest in mobile development by the students, some of whom had their first experiences through AiTi.

Joseph mentioned that in addition to the thirty students taking our class via Safaricom, there is additional interest in alummni of our previous classes attending this year to improve and even expand their skills. Hopefully, there will be enough resources and space to provide for these motivated students.

Can't wait for class on Monday!