A team of 15 trainers from Tunapanda Institute attended the 2016 startup weekend held at Strathmore University. Startup weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities.

For over 54 hours, different teams were involved in creating different tech tools that addressed  concerns either in schools or in the students’ communities. The proposed ventures ranged from mobile apps for students to gaming console apps to a variety of online learning tools.

SaccoCom, the winning team, was led by Moses Oloo, a Tunapanda tech trainer. Their project focused on educating the middle class income earners about saccos (local savings and credit groups). This was based on loans, risks, measures and ways of seeking legal help.

EasyEd was the runner-up. Their mobile application was developed to make education easier and more fun by killing boredom through providing gamified and interactive offline learning content for kids in classes (grades) 6-7.

“The EasyEd idea came about after we realized that the available content lacks motivation and does not encourage the kids to read,” explained Cetrick Oyavo, the lead developer.

Both the winner and the runners-up included team members from Tunapanda Institute.