Kenyan Student Tops in International NetRiders Competition

A Kenyan was one of the top Students from 41 countries in EEM who pitched their skills against each other in the final of the EEM Netriders Networking Competition. He was among a total of 117 contestants, who had won places in the final following a series of local competitions and heats, battled it out simultaneously across a five hour time zone. There were three students from Kenya who had previously participated in a National Competition on the 17th of June participated in this event.

The finalists were challenged to a one hour multiple-choice quiz and 90 minute practical networking task using Packet Tracer network simulation software. The Kenyan event was held at AFRALTI, Nairobi, owned by Telkom Kenya. Five winners were announced at the end of the day, and each won a place on the Cisco Networking Academy study trip to the San Jose headquarters.

Among the top 5 in EEM was a Kenyan student – Chrispin Mwakidisa who topped the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Chrispin flew to the US on 13 January for a meeting with senior executives, systems engineers and experts from Cisco and IT Organizations. They also had an opportunity to get to know about the life and culture in the US and had trip to Stanford University. Chrispin Mwakidisa, “This is the first time I traveled out of the country and sat on a plane. I was thrilled to be in the USA. It was an eye-opening trip, I learnt a lot. Cisco is a wonderful company and I would like to work in Cisco”.

Written by Robert

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @RobertAlai or Facebook page (

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