Walking past any notice board, public place or other venue around any campus and one is constantly bombarded by the eyesore that has become the unspoken go to medium of communication-the poster. Stacked on top of each other, strewn across the floor around or just barely pinned/glued to the boards, these posters seem to be in a never ending fight for the attention of some intended audience who just as quickly dismiss them. Their efficacy notwithstanding, posters, flyers and the like are a costly, environmentally unfriendly and a poor medium for communication and feedback
|Unisoko's Home Screen|
Designed as a mobile application by Vivian Chenane, Evans Ogola, and Kibet Elkanah, Unisoko, seeks to bridge the gap between buyer and seller by conveniently providing an online marketplace where a seller can post a listing for a particular product they wish to sell with a buyer finding it relatively easy to find what they are looking for. Vivian, taking Bachelors in Mathematics and Computer Science, and Evans and Kibet, who are both taking Bachelors in Computer Technology, developed this app to address this concern. With Unisoko, one is able to browse through various listings, find a particular product of interest and contact the seller from the convenience of their phone.
|The Seller's Log in|
This application has been successfully uploaded to Ovi store where it is available as a free download and will work on any Nokia phone. Plans are at an advanced stage to have the Android version on Google Play in mid-June. Unisoko was voted as second best in the Mobile Garage Students' Exhibition. It is also under pilot test in campus (JKUAT) with the aim of capturing how users will take advantage of the app, what they'll use if for and its general reception. Towards this end, the developers are calling on you to download the app and give it a try with any and all comments and thoughts welcome. They also have plans underway to have the app integrated with sms functionality such that one can interact with the service without having to go online i.e. sms query response.
|Selling through sms|