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Our dreams have been awaken! — September 17, 2017

Our dreams have been awaken!

One of the reasons we started a community Mobile Digital Hub, is to introduce as many people as possible to technology in Uganda and around the world. Fulfilling this that task won’t only teach most Ugandans about technology, it will also encourage learning of many important skills for life.

We discovered that most people who applied for the training were older than 19 years and had either little education background or none at all. When we introduced them to internet, and they learned how to carry out simple research with the internet you could see each of them one searching something of their own interest. One of them was searching about money lending businesses, the other was searching about the best schools in Uganda perhaps because she has a daughter who could start to go to school soon.

On the graduation day we gave out both certificates of completion and participation, we also received a lot of feedback from the learners. [Photos coming soon]

 

 

 

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Aspiring to be a programmer? — September 10, 2017

Aspiring to be a programmer?

Since I started programming I have been asked one question, isn’t what you’re doing hard?

I think it’s in human nature to be afraid of something we don’t have an idea about or we extremely have little information about. In fact most of the time it’s because of lack of passion that will make things look hard.

First of all they are many types of programming, depending on the type one can be harder than other for some people.

That said in my opinion don’t judge programming before you actually get involved, because if you do chances are you may love it more than anything else you’ve ever done before.

Programming has helped me help businesses in my country establish a website, it is also helping me learn a lot of different things in life because of the tasks am sometimes presented to besides of helping teach others about something life changing.

My advise. If you are to try programming and don’t want to waste time.

  1. Don’t live in fantasy, live in reality. Give it a try and if things are not interesting feel free to quit and try something else.
  2. Learn the programming fundamentals before diving into a programming language. Learn the theoretical definition of programming, variables, functions, conditions, loops, initialization, declaration, construction, destruction, instantiation, data types, identifiers, expressions, statements, termination, invoking.
  3. Make friends with programmers in your city. Programmers don’t have a life indeed but they can create one with people who understand them most. That way it’s easy to exchange ideas.
  4. Choose the type of programmer you want to be so that you can specialize in tools required of that particular programming type. For example, you may concentrate on HTML5. CSS3, JavaScript if you want to be a web frontend programmer or JAVA if you want to be an applications developer. You may even want to take a computer science course, if you want to one day develop things IDEs, Text Editors and compilers.
  5. Keep revising, practicing, sharing and learning. Remember moving forward like a snail is much better than moving backword like a landslide.

The above are my personal opinions and I have developed them based on the 5 years of web development experience.

You’re welcome to program.

 

 

A millionaire despite offering a world changing product for free for over 20 years. — August 30, 2017

A millionaire despite offering a world changing product for free for over 20 years.

Today I would like to publish about the creater of the web who happens to inspire me a lot because I resonate with his works.
If you don’t know him, his real name is Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee from United Kingdom, born on June 8th, 1955 and a professor, computer scientist, engineer and public speaker widely known as Tim Berners-Lee.
I think during his early days of employment there was a challenge to share and update information not only by the researchers where he used to work at CERN. In 1980 he proposed a solution which would for decades be change the entire planet.
So he proposed a project based on the concepts of hypertext, to solve this problem among researchers.
Though HyperText Markup Language was achieved in 1990, a decade after his proposal, he provided it to the world free of cost without any patents and licenses whatsover. In my personal opinion, I doubt if google, facebook and numerous popular web platforms would be in existence the HTML invention and being free of charge. Would I be able to send emails and blog?
Some sources say his networth is $50M, rich enough to retire. The challenge we face today as young men and women is our ability to put in a lot of efforts to solove a problem we all face and open it to world for free.
Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee has never put it to rest, at 62 years, a World changer he is still an advocate for the web, he has never made HTML private, he still teaches and talk to people.
A take way from all this. People matter.
Photo credit to http://olayemiogunojo.com
Ordering for a new logo? Here are some tips for you. — August 17, 2017

Ordering for a new logo? Here are some tips for you.

A logo is a sensitive symbol of our causes and businesses/organisations. Most of the time they communicate our character in the market, so they are subjective.

In this article, I would like to share one important consideration for anyone planing to make a logo by themselves or order one from professional graphics designers. The critical part of the logo today is ease of use on numerous devices and technologies.

Some years ago that flexibility wasn’t much of a requirement because logos could be mostly shipped on print media.

Technology growth is quickly changing that. In that a logo should now be produced in various versions characterized by dimension and color.

Therefore a new logo or even a old but revised one should at least have three basic versions:- the standard version, alternative version and mobile version.

The standard version

This version is what you are likely to get if you design a logo for yourself or even from a professional designer who doesn’t care much about the other versions.

Pros

It is in full color.

It is big enough(dimension) which makes it good for any print.

Cons

It may not work well on small devices like mobile phones, tablets and websites.

The alternative version

As much as it’s important, this version is usually ignored by many logo owners. It is also called the negative or grey scale logo.

Pros

It comes at a dimension of the standard logo though in monochrome.

Being monochrome it can be used in most of the partners’ media especially the mobile, web applications and websites.

Cons

Since it’s monochrome, it can’t be used anywhere if your logo originally comes in more than one color.

Mobile version

The mobile version is a small logo in terms of dimension(width and height) made in both full color and monochrome. It is an important logo for mobile applications and websites. If the standard logo is complex i.e has many symbols which may not be visible shrink mode, effort should be taken to remove some of those symbols in this version.

Pros

It will fit and represent the brand on the widely used devices today.

It is good to be used as an icon, for a mobile application and website fav icon.

Cons

It is not good for print media.

Bonus: It is good discipline to always have the original editable versions of the logo and any graphic for your brand. Without them flexibility is not paramount as you stand a high chance of color and dimension inconsistency in the future publications.

 

Mobile digital hub has started, will you join us? — August 13, 2017

Mobile digital hub has started, will you join us?

Mobile Digital Hub(MDH) is a program carried out by You Inspire You in Uganda, focusing on expanding technology awareness and use through offering a free technology education to people in the local communities.

MDH was for the first time rolled out to the people at the former home of Righteousness Palace Ministries church at Lukuli Nanganda. YIY through it’s leaders talked to RPM leaders about the idea before it was welcomed. RPM took the responsibility of mobilizing the community people to participate on top of facilitating space to be used for free.

Around 21st July 2017, we provided about 22 printed application forms to help RPM to register interested participants. From that total we would only choose 10 people to participate based on available resources.

On 11th and 12th, we were able to start the activities to which we are very proud of the training team and the community members who are very interested and committed to learn despite the age, academic and life background.

The group we are attending is a mixture of age groups, ranging from 17 to 50 years and both genders.

Though they were some challenges especially on the first day when our own laptops failed to work, RPM and Gagawala graphics ltd donated the computers we used on both days. The trainers were late by an hour on the first day.

The biggest achievement was everyone apart from one  individual attended both days.

Everyone is now able to switch on and shut down a laptop as well as some are comfortable with the touch-pad already and one or two individuals are still getting used as we go into a week were practicing with the keyboard and mouse will be intense.

With gratitude we appreciate everyone who made our commencement a success. Words can’t explain the happiness we have in our hearts, having introduced 10 Ugandans especially from the local community to technology.

Hail to the KING — August 1, 2017

Hail to the KING

In other news google has published updates for the Nearby Communication API, allowing offline peer-to-peer communication among Android devices.

What does that mean, it means there is a chance we could use WhatsApp and other Android chat applications without having an active internet connection.

In Google’s google android blog stackoverflow.com is referenced as a recommendation for developers who may face problems while developing the apps integrated with this new API.

No wonder some developers in my circles nick name it StackOverBro.

Stack Overflow, or stackoverbro in our language, is a network of Question and Answer websites visited by 116 million people on a monthly basis and my appreciations go to Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood the developers and co-founders.

Are you a software developer? What have you developed, what does it solve and how many people have been helped so far?

Until then.

 

 

 

Our technology education program will be called… — July 29, 2017

Our technology education program will be called…

In last week’s article Updates on the 5 units to educate 100,000 people in Uganda about technology, I was shared an update about the technology education program, my friends and I are about to enroll in Uganda a few weeks from now.

I would to appreciate everyone who is reaching out to support with courage and in any way possible.

In fact many of you have asked what’s the name of the program. Today I will like to give you an answer but after narrating a bit more of our approach and why.

Our approach

To partner and visit learning participants in their communities. It’s our priority to visit the community with training equipment, we are also flexible to utilize the resources on ground hence we can visit a community prior to community interest and invitation.

Our major focus is someone who is just starting out to use a computer and self taught but interested in learning more from our team.

Why?

The tradition method is prospective learners to look out for training centers which offer an education in technology. This is an outdated approach in education service delivery  since it is most likely to exclude low level education background people, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, elderly community leaders,  people living in remote and rural areas which are also far from towns where schools could be located and marginalized groups of people. Our solution will introduce as many people even beyond 100000 to technology through offering technology literacy and accessibility.

If we want to achieve our dream, one of our goals is sustainability, and we think it is important to use little resources on our away to attaining the dream. Instead of waiting to raise capital for renting a space, we are fortunate to roll out the program in the communities where our people live and have an affiliation.

The ordinary methods would attract huge customer acquisition costs, which means the founders and investors must have to invest heavily in the start up unlike us whose approach is to have people push the solution furthest for the betterment of their communities and the surrounding.

So what is the name of the program?

First of all the program will be carried out by a team of volunteers on behalf of You Inspire You. You Inspire You, is a social entrepreneurial establishment, focusing on utilizing the most accessible resources to stir up potential by teaching technology and technology related disciplines to ordinary people, with an aim of improving livelihoods by leveraging on the numerous opportunities presented by a technology savvy.

The name of the program is Mobile Digital Hub and MDH in short. The name was chosen reflecting the process and digital technology skills acquisition.

 

Updates on the 5 units to educate 100,000 people in Uganda about technology. — July 23, 2017

Updates on the 5 units to educate 100,000 people in Uganda about technology.

Introduction

For about 7 years, I face technology challenges many of which am fortunately able to solve due because of the repeated usage of computers, tech gadgets and the internet.

Some of the challenges are education, health and income generation related.

Technology doesn’t only help me keep in touch with the people that matter, it also gives me the chance to learn, earn income, educate others and contribute in different ways to community development.

With gratitude am happy to:- to participate in the designing of websites such as eastafricatourismguide.com, theelephanthome.com, africawildexplorations.com, ugandatrip.org, rubonicamp.com, homesteadtoursandsafaris.com and ucota.or.ug among others. Perhaps some of you reading this article have ever visited Uganda through one of those websites. The existence of the businesses and organisations which own those websites are helping reduce unemployment and provide a way for numerous people to earn an income in Uganda.

I have also been able to build financial business website like rapidadvisory.com, personal websites like kaweesimark.com, bboydancemachine.com, joramc.com, and kibuukaphotography.com other websites are directory sort of such as kansanga.com which is a free platform where a locals in my township can lookup or upload businesses, places etc.

One of the reasons I’m a web developer is to solve real life problems such as lack of accessibility to affordable means of marketing and business opportunities as well to help brands establish a presence on the internet.

Through experience, I have discovered that people are spending a great deal of funds and time to a lot important and useless things due to lack of technology skill and knowledge. Some people spend on expensive web tools to build good looking websites but they don’t have a budget set a side for marketing and maintenance of their websites.

Some people would easily have time to edit and upload content to their websites but they lack technology skill and the confidence to pull it off.

Currently some good number of Ugandans, have managed to get an income opportunities abroad in the other parts of the world and they would love to send money back home, safely, fast and securely which could be easily done through platforms such as useremit.com and worldremit.com  etc but the confidence that they can do it without a mistake is in lack.

What do I do?

A few years ago, with two friends, we found a company discovering the opportunities availed by technology. The business we initiated in 2014 to celebrate 3 birthdays and established itself as fully legally recognized business in Uganda. We started with the capital of less than UGX 300,000/= ( about $80 USD).

From two individuals to six full time employees, in an economically stricken market, we are persevering. We are strategically located in the center of Kampala capital city, at the heart of the printing industry in the country on Mirembe Arcade, 4th floor, office number E09 at Nasser Road which helps customers locate us easily for bespoke products and services helping their businesses grow and become or maintain sustainability.

Additionally I volunteer to educate people of all walks of life and introduce them to the technology since I have developed from someone who couldn’t afford food worth 1000/= ($0.27) to someone is sustaining myself.  The tech training I offer covers, introduction to computer usage, internet, coding through HTML, CSS, JS and PHP and Website design using Content Management Systems especially WordPress and Joomla. As I have many less tech skilled friends and people in my network, I sometimes help with troubleshooting their devices or offering tips for whatever they stumble with the gadgets and software systems they use.

A self question

Looking where I am from, where would I be without the help of the people with a good heart? How can I pay it forward?

A self answer

I should volunteer more often reaching out those who can’t afford tech education at school or paid for training centers.

The progress so far

At the beginning, what was a virtual dream, is becoming a reality.

Have been able to acquire two used laptops at an affordable fee from a friend who deals in selling used computers.

A few weeks ago I was able to set these laptops up by installing Windows OS, Microsoft office suite, typing master and web browsers. Those tools will be enough to get some started with technology.

I appreciate that some few friends have believed in the idea and are willing to involve as trainers, project ambassadors, pilot program hosts and website hosting partners among other responsibilities.

When do we roll out?

I will bring more updates next week.

Conclusion

This will be the first official fully packaged program am heading to impact social change and community development. I have little experience and exposure in managing such a program thus I kindly request for any of your suggestions and ideas.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

100s meet at Luwero district, in Uganda to attend a cocktail of workshops ? — July 16, 2017

100s meet at Luwero district, in Uganda to attend a cocktail of workshops ?

In month of May a group of young adults planned a social community activity in Luwero district in Uganda. Luwero district, is one of the districts located in the central part of Uganda, the biggest part of Luwero is rural despite the district being the place of safety during the war, that paved way for the National Resistance Movement on their way into power to govern the country since 1986 to date.

Whoever attended would had access to several workshops including but not limited to  beat-boxing, Rapping, Bboy dance and technology for free of cost before taking part in several Hip-hop Breakdance battles.

I was also able to attend and take part because such are the days I get a chance to expand the awareness of technology among people in the rural parts of my country.

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David getting closer to listen to a participant’s question.

Observed challenges

  • Luckily some of the participants had smartphones though the biggest number of them were wondering how computers look like. Actually 70% of the young people of the rural areas seems to have missed the biggest opportunity to change the world through the technology simply due to accessibility. As much as the reason  to lack of access many blame it to poor financial standards and corrupt leaders.
  • The lack of communicating comfortably in the official language (English ) of Uganda, leaves one questioning the quality of education the rural people acquire at school. I believe this is contributing a lot to lack of self-esteem among most young Ugandans.

Take a ways

  • To be honest the energy in the room, noticed from the number of participants no matter the age in each single workshop boosted my will to continue participating in such workshops.
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Ugandan rapper, St. Nelly Sade coaching takes children through a music workshop focusing on Rapping.
  • The questions asked are a significant symbol of desire and commitment to learn regardless accessibility.

My thoughts

  • I believe sooner than later, the technology skill and knowledge divide in Uganda will soon be overcome especially if leaders and parents get involved.
  • As much as the government claims to put in place inclusive systems, the impact is yet to be felt. More effort should be put in especially to combat corruption which is a major hindrance to accessibility of many services today.
  • Should put final touches to the training guide we are developing to allow us increase our attendance more people in rural communities as we teach them about technology and participate in life change.

 

 

How to buy computers with best processors — July 9, 2017

How to buy computers with best processors

Almost the most important component of the computer is the processor because it does the heavy duty of computing/processing requests. Because the strong it is, everyone wanting to buy the a computer considers the most popular of the processor while buying.

However following the trend is usually not the correct thing to do. In this article I would like to talk about intel processors especially the iCores.

Intel is a brand well known for manufacturing both computers and mobile processors. The processors are quite high performing due to quality but that dictates the price.

i3, i5 and i7 are the intel processors which replaced the popular duo core or core duo processors. When people look at the numbers after the letter i, they think it automatically means the higher the number the stronger.

Is that true? Well there is something more to that which is known as processor generations. If want to learn the several processor generations and their code names, head over to the this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_CPU_microarchitectures

So how do you know the processor generation before buying the computer.

If you are not comfortable touching the computer to check by yourself, then ask the seller to tell you the model of the computer so that you search about it on the internet.

Else physically check the computer by yourself.

In windows 7, right click computer and choose properties from the context menu else right click This computer if it’s windows 8 or 10.7tnME

A page will show details of your computer, including RAM and Processor. Besides the processor field you will the processor labelled like the illustration above.

According to intel, the number which appears immediately after the hyphen (-) determines the generation. i.e. i3-3215U means the processor of 3rd generation.

To more  about the particular processor head over to intel’s website, and compare it to others.

Choose the right processor to have the best computer experience!

 

 

 

Empowerment through each one, teach one concept. — July 3, 2017

Empowerment through each one, teach one concept.

If you are a son/daughter of the ghettos or rural areas in Uganda and across Africa, and made it out there, I guess you have a great story to tell.

I’m sure you shared a pain that will never be forgotten for your entire life as much as \ things are better now. This is manifested when I find a young man or woman or child who is doing his or her best to make a living or learn a skill which can give them an alternative way of living a life.

Currently as I type this, I can recall the 2 to 4 years I spent using internet cafe and computers of my friends. In the process, I seemed to be selfish to some, aggressive to some and a good person to some. Fortunately, some years fast forward am happily running digital agency which also offers printing services in Kampala, check out gagawala.com

This is where it all begins. I’m able to earn a living and as well as help 6 others earn. But that’s not all, the businesses, organisations and individuals we serve are also able to sustain their ideas and businesses, which maintains the employment and service delivery in the country.

What this improved a little more?

If am able to earn, help my family of 4 of us have food and afford electricity bills every month, as well as help 2 children go to school, how can I help others to also improve both personally and on the financial front?

I started teaching about technology to individuals and groups in my free time for free. Of course, I have done this already in the communities but it’s on an irregular basis due a couple of reasons.

Teaching small groups or individuals seems to be a little bit easier because you get to attend to attentive yet eager to learn.

On 4th June, 2017 I had the first official class to which a team of two young youths from Democratic Republic of Congo, living and studying in Uganda attended. Andrew and Rogers are both artists working in communities performing beatboxing drills and teaching people of the communities how to beatbox. You can catch up the two in the video below and learn more about their work.

During our training session with them, my friend Mutebi Ivan Junior and I taught them how to use internet, YouTube in particular to promote their work. Through the process they were able to create a YouTube channel and upload their performances and workshops, they also learned how to use gmail to communicate. We set a target to save money together so that by October 2017, they can acquire their first ever smartphone which could enable them serve more in the communities as they inform the world about their work. Hope to meet them again soon to review their progress.

I’m happy about the efforts engaged by everyone on this day, the feedback I get from these life changers is tremendous and encouraging me to learn more and support numerous others.

Kansanga, first Ugandan town to publish local content online? —

Kansanga, first Ugandan town to publish local content online?

In 2016, I had an opportunity to attend several web and blogger meet-ups in Kampala, Uganda.

With hospitable people, Uganda has over 1000s of tourism businesses contributing millions of dollars to the economy of the country.

Tourism is enabled because of the nature of the country which is gifted with rivers, lakes, hills & mountains, very unique and miracle making hot-springs, wildlife and abundance of the biggest bird species on this planet!

However, every part of Uganda has something that the world doesn’t know about or will never know about unless it’s shared on internet where over 4 billions of people end up for information.

I live in Kansanga, a township which is only 6KM away from the city center of the capital city, along Ggabba Road.

Through this town Pope Francis passed from Munyonyo to go to Kololo and meet the youths congregation on in his visit.

Kansanga a home to 2 big international universities; Kampala International University and International East Africa University. A home of several Banks, fuel stations, and a lot of malls with restaurants, clubs for entertainment and gardens good for hosting special events.

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Kampala International University main branch in Kansanga

I believe that all of this information is worth uploading on the internet.

Thus I took the initiative to build the first website of this township, which will allow the locals and anyone to contribute anything about Kansanga for free of cost. Of course there will be a challenge to moderate and maintain the hosting of the website online.

I have a small business strategy in place for guidance.

I would encourage everyone to participate as well as the people living in other towns to copy the idea for their own towns.

Here is the link of kansanga.com clicking sign up, it will take you less than one minute to to get a free account and start your contributing.

Also find out more about Kansanga on wikipedia at the following link => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansanga where our website is also referenced, putting us in a good position to develop this idea.