Moi University students, innovate revolutionary Mob Application!


Finplar Mobile application, An innovation by Moi University Students

By Faith Chebichii

Moi University students have developed a mobile application-Finplar app that may revolutionize the spending and saving habits among Kenyans.

The solution based application helps regulate overspending or impulse buying a culture synonymous with most Kenyans.

Debra Jepkemoi a Fourth year student at the school of Information science Moi University and her associate Masinde Isack say the mobile application will help users and more so students enforce their budgets,

“The app speaks to what is happening to us in our day to day lives. Once you have money in your pocket you may end up spending it recklessly. However with the app, we can limit overspending “Said     Debra.

Finplar App has been linked to PayPal and M-pesa   and will also help address issues such as poverty   concomitant to poor spending habits and lack of a saving culture.

“We can curb the issue of global unbudgeted spending through Finplar. Once you deposit money in this application, it breaks that amount to your daily needs and you can’t spend more than the available cash planned for,”Said Masinde.

The Finplar mobile application is part of the ten innovations developed within one week at Moi University in collaboration with The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO.

The Mobile applications were developed with a special focus on sustainable development goals SDGs.

“The solution oriented  mobile applications are leveraging technology to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development  goals  aimed  at addressing real problems in the  community “Said Prof  Masibo Lumala the Director institute of open and Distance learning.

Our Universities should also invest more in applied research; we have so much academic research that mostly ends up in the library accumulating dust, as a university we are now asking the hard question: how can we contribute to carrying out research that informs policy? Paused Prof Lumala.

Angela Silima the deputy director and Information (KNATCOM) emphasized the need to have the innovations copyrighted,

Prof Ongeti Khaemba,Angela Silima(KNATCOM) awarding the top prize to Debra Jepkemoi and Masinde Isack /Photos James Gitaka

“The innovators have been sensitized on how to have their innovations protected through copyright, this will preserve ownership “She said.

Prof  Khaemba Ongeti  assured the innovators that Moi University will help in the  commercialization of the outstanding innovations,

“Moi University is an apex entrepreneurial university, we are focusing on what researchers can do to connect with the industry, that will make  us relevant to society and the industry”Prof Ongeti opined.

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