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#699 Ushahidi Puts Power In People’s Hands

Cathryn Wellner | This Gives Me Hope | June 15, 2013

One of the best technology innovations I have come across lately is the BRCK. The prototype was developed in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More »

10 African Startups That Rocked 2014

Loy Okezie | CNN.com | January 3, 2015

2014 has been another amazing year for startups in Africa.  More and more entrepreneurs turned their attention to building businesses that can solve the continent's problems and provide services it has long awaited...

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2 Tech Tools for Emergencies from our Westgate Experience: Ping and Blood Donation

Erik Hersman | Ushahidi Blog | September 24, 2013

As we mentioned yesterday, it’s been a bit of a crazy few days in Nairobi. The full Ushahidi team met yesterday (many virtually, of course), and we talked about many issues surrounding the Westgate siege and our own tools. This lead us to then think through our skills and tools, and where we could be useful. Two thoughts came immediately to mind: Read More »

30 Brilliant African Tech Startups

Martin Carstens | Ventureburn | February 9, 2012

The secret is out. Wired likens the opportunities in Africa to those of the pre-dotcom boom in 1995. Says the magazine: “If you want to become extremely wealthy over the next five years, and you have a basic grasp of technology, here’s a no-brainer: move to Africa.” Read More »

A Doctor Leverages Open Source to Learn How to Code And Improve Medical Care in Africa

Judy Gichoya is a medical doctor from Kenya who became a software developer after joining the open source medical records project, OpenMRS. The open source project creates medical informatics software that helps health professionals collect and present data to improve patient care in developing countries. After seeing how effective the open medical records system was at increasing efficiency and lowering costs for clinics in impoverished areas of Africa, she began hacking on the software herself to help improve it. Then she set up her own implementation in the slums outside Nairobi, and has done the same for dozens of clinics since. This is a classic story of open source contributors, who join in order to scratch an itch. But Gichoya was a doctor, not a programmer. How did she make the leap?

A Grant For Northern Aid

Staffwriter | Indigo Trust | June 12, 2013

Working with their partner, Christian Aid, Kenyan NGO Northern Aid will soon be trialling an innovative water payment system in north eastern Kenya. Read More »

A Kenyan Startup is Showing Global Businesses How to Talk to Their Customers

Lily Kuo | Quartz | May 25, 2016

A florist chain in Argentina, a food delivery service in Hong Kong, and a Singaporean travel agency—these are a few of the companies relying on a Kenyan startup to help them talk to their customers on WhatsApp, WeChat, and other messaging apps. Ongair, a Nairobi-based startup, says instant messaging could and should replace the traditional channels of customer service—frustrating phone calls, inefficient e-mail exchanges, online chats that don’t work well on a smartphone, or SMS messages that costs businesses per text...

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Access to Open Data ‘Key to Sustainable Development’

Open access to scientific and technological data could help Africa achieve sustainable development goals, a meeting has heard. According to information and communication technology (ICT) experts who attended the International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries in Nairobi, Kenya, early this month (6-8 August), open access will enable researchers, policymakers, technology developers and the public access information and share knowledge for informed decisions. Read More »

Africa Innovations: 15 Ideas Helping To Transform A Continent

Mina Holland, Ian Tucker, et al. | The Guardian | August 25, 2012

A mobile phone database for dairy farmers and a strain of sweet potato that can help fight child blindness. These are just two of the imaginative new ideas that are tackling Africa's old problems Read More »

Africa's apps: farming to gaming

Toby Shapshak | The Guardian | October 30, 2012

Digital enterprise on the continent has sparked a range of user-friendly programs, from chat forums, photo-sharing, mobile health, crisis management apps, and the first mobile 'cow calendar'. Read More »

Africa’s Age Of Innovation Could Make Continent A Major Economic Power

Taylor Gordon | Blerds | November 5, 2014

Over the past few days, tech experts and global authorities have urged African countries to embrace innovation and technology in order to transform the entire continent into a global, economic powerhouse. Thanks to a new wave of tech startups and government investments into these new businesses, experts believe Africa could be on the verge of an age of great innovation...

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Africa’s Tech Edge

Dayo Olopade | The Atlantic | April 16, 2014

How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age

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AHRQ Providing Support for OpenMRS

Bernie Monegain | Government Health IT | March 15, 2013

As the AHRQ report explains it, “PIH and the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis conceived of OpenMRS in 2005 as a flexible, open source EMR that would be capable of meeting the demand for high-quality health information in developing countries such as Rwanda and Kenya, where the two organizations were then working. Read More »

Apps: The Afro Revolution

Adam Bychawski | The Guardian | August 25, 2012

Five mobile apps that are putting key information into the hands of ordinary Africans Read More »

Are Innovation Hubs The Future Of Open Government In Africa?

Chris R. Albon | TechPresident | September 18, 2012

Set alongside one Nairobi’s main roadways, the Bishop Magua Centre looks on the exterior no different than any other mid-rise office building. However, inside its drab khaki walls are some of the most innovative technology projects in Africa... Read More »