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Copyright News
By. Lucian Mue
Evans Ndegwa, the CEO of
Muva Technologies, an App
development company, was one
of the beneficiaries of a training
on IP protection on Mobile
Apps and software conducted
by World Intellectual Property
Organization in partnership with
Kenya Copyright Board. He shares
his story with the CopyrightNews
1. Who is Evans Ndegwa?
Evans Ndegwa is a trained and seasoned
software developer and tech-preneur. I have
a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical and
Production Engineering. My interest in the
software started when pursuing this degree
course.
I knew what I needed to do after graduation
to get into the industry. I was lucky to get
a sponsorship from World Bank through
M-Lab/iHub/e-Mobilis to learn about
Mobile Applications Development and
later an Msc in Mobile Telecommunication
and Innovation at Strathmore University
courtesy of Safaricom Academy.
The idea of starting Muva Technologies
started then and it has grown from an idea
to an established IT company in Kenya with
an amazing team of skilled developers.
2. You are a Director of Muva Tech; tell
us more about your firm and what it
does.
Muva develops mobile solutions (apps)
and web apps (websites). We offer systems
integration services such as to Mpesa,
CRB’s, PayPal, Bulk SMS and the like. Our
services also include IT and consultancy
training to help companies integrate the
right technologies into their operations.
3. How many mobile apps have you
developed? What makes them different?
We have developed tens of apps
for clients across all sectors. Our apps
have benefits for organizations and
communities. For instance, epartograph
for Save the Children, Report Legend for
a US-Based client, and Mjali for Amref
Health Africa are health-based apps that
have direct benefits to the society. Our
solutions also help companies improve
their effectiveness, efficiency, and overall
performance.
One of the aspects that make our apps
different is that we customize them to suit
the clients’ needs and business model.
Hence, collaboration with our clients is a
priority for us when developing an app.
4. What are some of your success stories?
It is amazing to see our mobile and
web solutions transform businesses and
even save lives. Our team has done an
outstanding job at being able to learn, adapt
and implement our varying customer needs.
We have developed apps in Healthcare,
Legal, Communications, Entertainment,
Insurance, Finance and other sectors for
notable organisations such as Bamburi
Cement, Resolution Insurance, Fika Places
and others.
5. What do you think is the future of
software industry in Kenya?
Well, the future is bright for the software
industry in Kenya. We have just
scratched the surface of what businesses
and communities can do with mobile
apps. We anticipate growth in terms of
development technologies, number
of apps, functionalities of apps, and
development skills.
Software development will be a major
source of employment especially for
the youth. The world has been shifting
to e-commerce. Mobile apps will be a
requirement for businesses to survive
this major shift. As the demand for apps
increase, developers will have more jobs.
The beauty of it is that the nature of work
allows developers to work remotely or as
freelancers. For instance, in such a time that
the world is dealing with the Coronavirus
pandemic, software developers are working
online with no interruptions to their
workflow.
Businesses will be the major beneficiaries
of the growth in the industry in terms
of better service delivery. Logistics apps
are already having such an effect across
industries and we expect more in the
coming years.
6. Do you have challenges of protecting
your software from piracy? How do you
think KECOBO can come in to assist
software and App developers benefit
from their Intellectual property?
This is a major concern not only for app
developers but for our clients as well. Many
software developers and clients do not
know the licensing and copyright laws in
Kenya that can help them protect their ideas
and solutions.
The efforts by KECOBO to create public
awareness and interact directly with
software developers will go a long way.
Software developers and clients need
the assurance that they can protect their
innovative ideas and earn from such ideas.
Another area that KECOBO should focus
on in their public awareness campaign is
enforcement of copyright and intellectual
property laws in Kenya. Where should
developers or app owners start when their
intellectual property rights are violated?
Do they have the legal and financial
muscle? Can KECOBO help? Those are
the questions most developers would like to
know more about among other protection
avenues.
You can reach MUVA via https://muva.tech
/info@muva.tech
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