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Must have gadgets for students

In these times of technological advancements, it is has become necessary to keep up with the latest trends. This is more important as the world is becoming smaller day-by-day. Students should not be left behind in these changes. We will look at the essential gadgets that a student should have.

Laptops

Pictured: Apple Mac Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the most important and at the top of the list for any student. This is because of the fact they have the full capabilities of a desktop but with the ability to fit in your bag. Whether be researching or tackling assignments, a laptop or a notebook is the ideal student companion as one can easily connect to the internet when in a hotspot via wifi or their mobile phones.

Smartphones

A smartphone is essential as it can perform some of the important functions a computer can including word processing, browsing etc.

The Sidekick 4G Android Smartphone

Perhaps the most exciting of a smartphone’s functions is to run many cool and useful applications (Android, Blackberry, Nokia) that can be directly downloaded from online stores for free or for a small fee. This is in addition to the fact that a smartphone is small enough to fit in student’s pocket.

 

Digital Camera

A digital camera comes in handy when you want to take good quality pictures of lecture illustrations on the whiteboard, for research or a school function for publishing purposes. Although many mobile phones have the ability to take good photos, they lack the many other important features only present in a dedicated digital camera. A decent camera starts from Kshs 8,000 with at least 10 megapixels. Wireless file transfer capabilities or automatic scene selection are added features.

A Samsung Wifi enabled camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Recorder

Don’t have a smartphone? No problem! An audio recorder can be a student’s best friend in long lectures and study groups to keep track of conversations and points of interest.

Pictured: A Sony USB enabled voice recorder comes with 2GB of flash memory, and can hold up to 535 hours of talk time

 

Tablet

The popular Samsung Galaxy Tab with 4G and Wifi capabilities

A keyboard-less version of laptops, tablets are quickly gaining popularity in class thanks to their portability, slim physique, and multitasking abilities. Wouldn’t you rather take notes on one of these then a wrinkled old piece of paper?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is iHub?

The iHub environment

iHub is a coworking space and business incubator in Nairobi that was started in March, 2010 by Erik Hersman a renowned blogger. Situated on the 4th floor of the Bishop Magua Centre on Ngong Road, the iHub provides a space where young entrepreneurial members can receive mentorship, internet connectivity and the possibility of venture funding through connections with the international venture capital community. The iHub has been called the “unofficial headquarters of Kenya’s tech movement”.

The space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and part incubator (testing) for mobile applications before they are officially launched into the market.

A foreigner who frequents the iHub describes it as a nerve center for technology; a place where we can grab coffee, create apps, find funders and build businesses. It’s where the community of web and mobile programmers connect with each other, businesses, the government and academia.

Funding for the iHub comes from the Omidyar Network and Hivos. The lease is covered by Ushahidi and the 20Mb internet connectivity is covered by Zuku.

Membership

iHub operates on a four levels membership. These are:

White

These are people who wish to be part of the *iHub community virtually as they cannot be physically present. They are part of iHub’s online community and members within the iHub will be able to interact with them on their Membership Site. This level of membership is free. White members can apply for green membership.

Green

Green members meet basic pre-requisites as well as provide additional information on the current projects they are undertaking. This membership level allows one to use the iHub space, hold meetings and work on their projects there as well as have free internet access within the iHub space.

Red

Red members have a semi-permanent desk, a locker and priority on the meeting room space. There are 10 spaces available at any one time, and these Red Card seats go for about USD 100 per month.

Black

Black Members are iHub & Ushahidi internal staff, who have unrestricted access to the space.

m:Lab

M:Lab East Africa

iHub together with 3 other companies have recently launched Africa’s first mobile apps lab called m:Lab. The facility is aimed at encouraging innovation in the East African country and is supported by the World Bank, Nokia and the Government of Finland.