Training Course in Advanced Servers for ODK (Local and Cloud Installation

Event Name : Training Course in Advanced Servers for ODK (Local and Cloud Installation)

Venue: Tech for Development Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Date: 9th to 13th March 2020

Course Fee: KES 75,000.00 or USD 1,100.00

Tech for Development-T4D would like to invite you to a high impact Training Course in Advanced Servers for ODK (Local and Cloud Installation) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 9th to 13th March 2020 .

Why train with us?

  • Our focus is on helping your organization achieve workplace performance improvements.
  • Our rigorous pre-training evaluation ensures a robust training model that aligns training with the culture, strategic direction, and internal resources of your organization.
  • Our extensive experience, expertise and client base - We have conducted training to over 10,000 attendees from 20 countries around the world.
  • We boast of staff and associate trainers/facilitators with a combined 400+ years of experience training and facilitating in fields of technology, research, software development, ICT4D, GIS, M&E and soft skills.
  • We are not independent contractors; all our people work as part of your Project Team.
  • Attendees benefit from our post training support and mentorship provided to each attendee for 12 months after completion of any training course.
  • Small class sizes - No more than 15 people to ensure you get the most from our trainers.


ODK or Open Data Kit is a set of free and open source tools that are used for field data collection using android mobile phones (Devices) and allows data submission to an online or cloud server. The ODK – Open Data Kit ecosystem includes the following components: ODK Collect, ODK Build, XLSForm, ODK Aggregate and ODK Manage as the major components. Other tools in the ODK ecosystem include ODK Briefcase, ODK Aggregate VM, ODK XLSForm Converter, ODK Validate, GEOODK, ODK Scanner, ODK Printers and the ODK Sensor Framework.

ODK Aggregate can be deployed on Google’s App Engine, enabling users to quickly run surveys without facing the complexities of setting up their own web service. ODK Aggregate can also be deployed locally on a Tomcat backed with a MySQL or PostgreSQL database server.

If you have always wanted to learn how to collect, manage, visualize and analyze project field data using mobile phones and devices, this training course is for you.

This course is suitable for people working in :

Impact Evaluation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Academic Research, Market Research, Field Research, Agriculture, Health, Education, WASH, Handicapped, Human rights, Emergencies/disasters, Advocacy, Education, Environment, Small business development, Community development, Rural development, Women, Youth, Population, Rehabilitation, Culture, Capacity Building, Appropriate technology, Income, generation, Private sector, Refugees/displaced.

Who should attend?

This course is for advanced ODK users. The course will focus on the various options available for setting up ODK Aggregate based survey data hosting platforms.


Participants are expected to have prior knowledge in ODK Collect and Survey authoring using xlsforms or to have attended our course on Mobile Based Data Collection Using ODK.


5 Days

Course Objectives

The course will focus on the various options available for setting up ODK Aggregate based survey data hosting platforms.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Host survey data using ODK Briefcase as a server.

  • Setup ODK Aggregate locally on Tomcat for Linux.

  • Setup ODK Aggregate locally on Tomcat for Windows.

  • Setup ODK Aggregate on Google’s App Engine.

  • Extract and publish data to external applications.

Course contents

  • ODK refresher.

  • How to use ODK Briefcase as a server without having to install ODK Aggregate.

  • Setup and Installation of ODK Aggregate on App Engine (cloud).

  • ODK Aggregate Local server setup.

Installing on Tomcat for Linux.

Installing on Tomcat for Windows.

  • Publishing data to maps, Google Spreadsheets, Fusion Tables and external applications.

  • Extracting/Exporting data from ODK Aggregate.

  • Billing for App Engine installation.

  • Configurations for Network Access.

Server firewall configuration.

Making server visible on the internet (optional).

Establishing a DNS name for the server.

  • Server Security


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professionals and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with a certificate of participation.

Training venue

The training is residential and will be held at T4D Training Centre in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya. The course fees cover the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.

Tailor- made

We can also tailor-make our courses for you. This way, you/your organization will benefit by:

  • Using own tools during the training

  • Being able to choose areas of interest you wish the trainer to put more emphasis on

  • Taking the course in-house or at a venue of choice

  • Cutting on the cost of transport and accommodation

For further inquiries, please contact us on details below:

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +254 (0) 729166479


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile Number: +254 706909947

Training fee

The course fee is KES 75,000.00 or USD 1,100.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fees covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.


Payment should be transferred to Tech For Development - T4D account through bank on or before the course starting date.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]


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Cancellation policy

Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met

Contact information

Tel: +254 706909947
Email: [email protected]

Kind regards.

Lennox I. Mucheni
Customer Relationship Officer,
Tech for Development.

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