The University’s DeHUB was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Information and Technology, Dr. Fred Matiang’I on 16th March, 2015. DeHUB is a center for research excellence in the IT sector and its establishment had been proposed in the DeKUT ICT Strategic Plan. DeHUB will provide leadership in Information Technology and prepare the students in a better way for work in IT fields. It is a center for building the competence of young people by providing space for innovations development for different companies in the IT sector. This will be achieved through agreements with the different IT service companies and software developers.
DeHUB activities focus on solving societal problems of cyber security and data science management, offer training to software developers, develop software applications and spin out job creators. DeHUB is expected to manage its own sustainability through long term working agreement with IT companies, grants, endowments, and levies charged on training workshops and consultancies offered by the center.
Year 2015 National Science Week and Robotic Contest
DeKUT participated in this year’s Robotic contest organized by NACOSTI AND HOSTED AT University of Nairobi. The Robot team comprised mainly of students of Mechatronics, Engineering Electrical engineering and Information Technology. Out of over 20 participating Higher Educational Institutions comprising of Technical Colleges and Universities, DeKUT secured position FOUR overall. Congratulations to the Robotic team.
Software Development Competition
A software development competition for students was held at DeKUT on 16th. January, 2015. Sixteen innovations in IT sector competed. Some of these innovations are currently being incubated in the DeKUT DeHUB while students who have graduated are continuing with their work in the society.
Nyeri County Hackathon
The University in collaboration with the Nyeri County government organized the first ever Nyeri Hackathon from 31st October to 2nd November 2014, at the Student Catering Complex at the University Main Campus. The objective of the event was to get prospective software developers to build creative software Real Life Solutions for daily civic challenges in Nyeri County.
A civic Hackathon is a weekend-sprint development activity for information technology products where the participants collaboratively work together to address specific civic challenges. Potential projects include applications for encouraging farmers to trade online, provide an efficient way of managing health records, tracking public infrastructure, improve local security and county government utilities such as parking and business licensing, encourage use of digital content for education, understanding local government budgets, and market the county activities such as tourism among others. The event was mainly attended by students, staff, young entrepreneurs and county government officials