Spot Check on User Experience Design in Africa with Shikoh Gitau

Shikoh Gitau is a pioneer in User Experience (UX) design in Africa. A Google Anita Borg scholar, she was one of the first African women to win the prestigious scholarship. Shikoh currently works as a UX researcher/designer for emerging markets at Google. She is also an innovator and social entrepreneur, being the founder of Ummeli.com […]

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Learning Ruby on Rails, Fighting the Funding Trap and Other Interesting Things

Riding the Rails One of my goals this year is to learn Ruby on Rails. When I first decided to get into web development (proper), about 7 years ago, my analysis lead me to PHP/MySQL. After coding two major sites literally from scratch (including the now defunct Jijini Markets), I decided it was time to […]

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From the Archives: Designing (the Right) Solutions for Africa

Design and Design Thinking are some of the most interesting subjects to study out there. Now, we’re not just talking ‘web design’ here, but the all round subject of design and designing experiences and artifacts of all sorts. Why is this important? Well, many solutions have been proposed to many of the problems we face in Africa. […]

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From OLPC to VC: Africa leapfrogs the digital divide

Afrinnovator got a mention on Involution Studio’s blog in a series of posts by Niti Bhan and Muchiri Nyaggah on technology in Africa. Involution Studios is a design studio based in the US that does design work for major corporations such as McAFee, Oracle, Microsoft and Yahoo. Niti Bhan and Muchiri Nyaggah collaborate to offer real […]

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A Facelift for Afrinnovator.com

At Afrinnovator, we constantly try to improve what we do in many ways – whether it’s introducing some new aspect to the site, partnering with like minded organizations or finding better ways to get to our vision of ‘Putting Africa on the Map‘. You, our readers have been faithful throughout and have rewarded our efforts […]

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[BREAKING] SA Design firm teams up with Posterous

Cape Town premium theme studio, Obox has teamed up with the popular micro-blogging site, Posterous to create custom themes for Posterous. From the Obox blog: Today we are happy to announce that we have done a deal with Posterous to supply them with five themes which they will be including in their theme directory. They […]

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[1%Event] Mark Kamau & Nairobits

NairoBits is a Digital Design School that provides education to the Nairobi slum youth. We put digital tools of expression in the hands of the youth who have the creativity but not the means to express themselves. These youth in turn act as multipliers to the organisation that we partner with. Mark Kamau (we featured […]

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E-Voting in Africa: The Ghana Case

E-voting is a subject I remember discussing with a couple of people last year at some events. Is Africa ready for e-voting? Well, in my opinion I’d say, not yet. And not because the technology is not available or can’t work. But simply because of culture issues. We did an awesome interview with Dave Tait, […]

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Designing (the Right) Solutions for Africa

Design and Design Thinking are some of the most interesting subjects to study out there. Now, we’re not just talking ‘web design’ here, but the all round subject of design and designing experiences and artifacts of all sorts. Why is this important? Well, many solutions have been proposed to many of the problems we face […]

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