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Strathmore students bag best research paper of the year award at the ASSK Convention

From Left: Moses Mutuli, the President of ASSK, Kelvin Kamau,Ezekiel Otsieno, Dodhi Nikhil,an actuary at KPMG AND Wayne Matengo.

Strathmore University Actuarial students participated in the Actuarial Students’ Society of Kenya (ASSK) Actuarial Convention and Innovation Challenge held on 11th and 12th June at Strathmore University auditorium. Kelvin Kamau, Ezekiel Otsieno and Wayne Matengo, 4th year students pursuing Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science, bagged the best research paper of the year award.

Their research titled: Big Data Analytics in Healthcare, sought to examine data obtained from wearable technology (mainly smart watches) and perform data analysis on the large amount of data collected. By examining smart watches, their objective was to determine how the sensors work, how data is collected and how that data could be leveraged to create insights that could identify and predict the health tendencies, overall fitness and general health of the user, by the healthcare providers.

Riding on the wings of change

This year’s Actuarial Convention and Innovation Challenge was a two-day convention themed: Riding on the wings of change. The event brought together all the undergraduate actuarial students across the country to develop sustainable, scalable and profitable insurance and financial products that could help bridge some of the gaps in the Kenyan commercial service sector.

The convention also aimed to appreciate the technical actuarial skill set across the diverse areas and help shape the future and enhance financial inclusion of various households through adoption of the advancing technology to develop unique customer-centric products that would meet the needs of the Kenyan market.

The event was crowned by various awards given to outstanding students from various universities.

This article was written by Odhiambo Obonyo

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