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The DCCM team was also attracted to the innovation by the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI). The innovation by Esther Njihia, Natasha Kimathi and Dennis Munania from the department of Computer Science on Energy Saving Smart Street Lights. In this street lighting system, the lights dim when there is nothing going around the streets but brightens when the street becomes busy with traffic.

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MMUST Engineering students demonstrate how one of their innovations works

The students said that in the current street lighting system, the bulbs run continuously bright, consuming a lot of energy whereas in the Smart Street Lights the bulbs only brighten when there is activity, thereby reducing the amount of energy consumed.

Joel Koyoo and Samora Machel, who are also students from the departments of Computer Science and Information Technology (IT) have come up with web applications that address students as well as society's problems. One of the inventive solutions dubbed ‘Keja’ is a web application that allows one to find a house, especially for students. This application also allows you to request reservation of the house or ‘Keja’ of your choice.

They also developed Biz-up which is a web application that links buyers and sellers. This innovation comes in handy to fill the gap where buyers don’t necessarily have to walk to shopping centers or malls to access goods and services.   

The Laptop Security App is an innovation by Collins Agesa, Peter Mwovi and Japheth Brandon from the department of Computer Science. This innovation is aimed at helping the University Security Department in identifying students’ laptops. When a student buys a new laptop, he or she registers the laptop on a subdomain created under the University’s website and receives a QR code. This code which bears the student’s details is scanned at the University’s main entrance and exit. Once scanned, the QR code remains with the security. This will help in tracking a laptop if a student loses a laptop.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedical Sciences (SONMAPS) demonstrated their expertise in a variety of health emergency oriented service provision. Their stand had a fully equipped ambulance, family planning kits and a sphygmomanometer for measuring blood pressure. Participants were happy to receive instant service and detailed information from various experts.

The highlight of the Career Fair was the School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences and Technology who ran an actual restaurant where all the guests and participants ate. Optometry department handled participants with eye problems on the spot, giving away free spectacles to those who needed them.  

The Directorate of Corporate Communications and Marketing, which partnered with the Directorate of Career Services, provided full coverage of the highly attended event complete with a tent dedicated to offering career advice and marketing the University to participants.

Other schools that were involved in showcasing various projects include; School of Medicine, School of Business and Economics, School of Education, School of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, School of Agriculture Veterinary Sciences and Technology, School of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. 

Story by:Charity Idaya and Wilberforce Shiundu 

Photos by: Wilberforce Shiundu


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