A group of six young bloggers and app developers in Kenya have created a website for university and college students to boost their social networking experience and to showcase their talents and skills.
The site is Vibecampo and it also has a mobile app.
VibeCampo is a social media networking platform for young Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 35 years, using a common ground of campus membership.
So we are trying to at least get a return on the time they spend online by ensuring they are able to access the internet continuously in our basic interphase.
It was launched in May 2014, after reaching the first userbase target of 1000. Under the leadership of Brian Nyagol, lead developer and CEO, VibeCampo now has thousands of students from various institutions in Kenya as members.
The site is geared towards creating an information resource where students and ultimately alumni can discuss matters trending on campus and in society in a free and frenzy environment, with people of the same mind.
The platform also brings university and college students together, to be able to push a given cause and foster communication and friendship.
According to the lead developer of the site, Brian Nyagol, the site will cater to the networking needs of youths in training institutions. The site will in turn reward them for the time spent online.
“One thing that we are trying to do to the users is that we understand that the youths spends a lot of time online and most of the time they don’t engage in creative acts that can change their lives. So we are trying to at least get a return on the time they spend online by ensuring they are able to access the internet continuously in our basic interphase,” said Nyagol.
With an upsurge in the number of blogs in Kenya, Nyagol and his team have provided a platform for upcoming bloggers to post their pieces to get a wider readership.
But putting all this together has not been easy. Brian speaks about the difficulties associated with app development in Africa.
“It’s like if I can do a piece of work in a given time schedule but its a problem to price for our services. The problem that we are faced with as app developer in Africa is difficulty in pricing our services,” he explained.
The site also has a platform that takes care of Post-University and college folks. It has joint alumni communities, where those out of school share ideas with those back on campus. They also share and provide opportunities as well as mentor the juniors.
The developers are looking forward to collaborate with organizations to be able to provide relevant information on job opportunities, graduate trainee programmes and recruitment drives for many graduates and postgraduates.
VibeCampo which started at the Moi University in Kenya, is making tremendous inroads in the field of social interaction.
The developers of the application say they are targeting the global university community with their product.