Intel Corporation to focus more on Kenya and other emerging economies

More and more big tech corporations are increasing their focus on Africa and increasing their investment in the continent. And this is for good reasons as it would appear, major studies such as those undertaken by McKinsey’s MGI show really positive indications concerning Africa’s economic potential. According to an article on Reuters on a MGI […]

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Google Doodle Kenya – Localize your Google

Chief Nyamweya is a name synonymous to creativity. We first caught wind of this Kenyan designer from his work on a Kenyan web comic called ‘Emergency’. The web comic is based around the story of Kenyan freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi and events surrounding the fleeting colonial era, mau mau and the emergency. Chief is at […]

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#OpenAfrica #InnovateAfrica Unconference to take place at Nairobi's iHub

Last week we covered Nokia’s Open Innovation Africa Summit event happening in Kenya next week. We encouraged you to submit ideas, vote and participate and you did. As a buildup to the event, the iHub will be hosting the #OpenAfrica Innovation Meetup/Unconference bringing together thinkers, doers from Nairobi and those arriving from across the globe […]

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We Don’t Do Soft Technology Here, Please

In this guest article, Bright Simons, founder of mPedigree, discusses the state of policy-making (the ‘softer’ side of technology) in promoting innovation in Africa within the context of the ever increasing counts of infrastructure development initiatives being run by African governments. In Addis Ababa, you might as well turn in your dainty blackberry for a mug […]

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New Proposed Kenyan Legislation for Media and Communications Bodies

A critical component for a vibrant culture of innovation (startup culture) is the existence of sound legislation to create a suitable and enabling environment for individuals and groups to pursue creative, innovative and enterprising initiatives. The recent promulgation of a new constitution in Kenya is demanding the establishment of new legislation under the new constitutional […]

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Is there an African Market for Homegrown Hardware?

Typically on Afrinnovator we feature software or software based initiatives. This time around our thinking was turned towards the hardware industry as we were sparked by an article on Inveneo’s ICTWorks. Wayan Vota writes about the dominant laptop brand in Nigeria. It would be very easy to guess that typically it would be some foreign […]

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Last Chance to Submit Ideas for Nokia's Open Innovation Africa Summit

At Afrinnovator, you’d be right to say we’re passionate about Innovation in Africa. Nokia’s approach to innovation on the continent hasn’t gone unnoticed here. Previously we’ve covered their African Mobile Research Lab at the University of Nairobi as well as Kenya’s Virtual City winning the $1,000,000 World Prize at Nokia Developer Summit 2010 for their […]

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48 hour idea-to-business bootcamp IPO48 invests $12,500 in winning Kenyan Startups

A buzz fills a packed Strathmore lecture theatre in Nairobi, Kenya tonight where 100 inspired Kenyans pitch ideas, question business models and form teams; 48 hours later 17 such ideas are prototypes and products ready for market and one of those ideas will get Ksh. 1,000,000 ($12,500) This is the beginning of IPO48. Organised in […]

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Computer Aid to launch its first solar powered Internet cafe in Nairobi

It has been noted severally that solar holds great potential for the African continent. Many African countries are plagued with power issues and blackouts are fairly common occurrences in many towns in Africa, this is perhaps what has pushed many innovations around solar energy – from ambitious projects to maybe more practical ones… like a […]

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Maker Faire Africa 2010 Video

While the event took place a while ago now, we still thought it would be cool to do a short video of the Maker Faire Africa 2010 event. In this short video we talk to two makers (Christine and Nur) who exhibited at the event. There were many more brilliant and ingenious creations at the event […]

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