Where Opportunities Lie in the African Mobile Space

This is the second in a 4-part series on Africa: The Present frontier.  Africa straddles two realities. One is underpinned by the belief that Africa is the next frontier and measures the continent’s progress against an expected trajectory and momentum modeled on that which developed economies have followed in the past. As the continent leapfrogged […]

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12 predictions for Africa Tech Scene in 2012

It has been a banner year for the Africa technology scene as the world begins to turn to the continent – the Economist Africa rising cover story article was for many, a big validation in the future opportunities as well as challenges for Africa. The best follow up post worth reading is by Professor Juma […]

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Mobile Health in Africa: The Entrepreneur's Guide- Part 1

This is a three part series on Mobile Health. Look for two more posts from my colleagues, Karen Chen a mhealth researcher and Amy Lehman MBA/MD of the Floating Tanganyika Health Clinic   The mobile technology infrastructure in Africa sets a powerful platform to begin to address some the problems around healthcare access and delivery. […]

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Genomics Research in Africa – Improving Health by applying cloud computing

I talked about the need for more market research. Lets get more serious. How about more genomics reasearch? Sounds too cutting edge? No. Its become more and more feasible to do, cheaper and more distributed. The intersection of bioinformatics, genomics sequencing with cloud computation may unleash huge innovations globally- to sequence genes faster allowing prediction, […]

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The Story of Shimba Tech's Pivot25 Winning MedKenya App

MedKenya, a product by Shimba Technologies Limited is the winner of the inaugural Pivot25 competition out of the 25  competitors in the mobile application and services space pitted against each other in a show of relevance, sustainability and innovation. Shimba Technologies Limited  will be going to Silicon Valley to present the application, MedKenya, at the […]

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Moving Afridoctor Forward

If you know something about last years Calling All Innovators competition ran by Nokia, then you have probably heard of Afridoctor. That’s the application built for S60 phones that won the day. The app has had over 10,000 downloads (or more by now) on the Nokia Ovi Store and was developed by 20fourlabs and Blueworld […]

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Ken Banks (FrontlineSMS) Part 4

This is the last in a series of interview posts from a discussion with Ken Banks, the founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS. In the first part of the interview, Ken gave us some of his background and how he came to get involved with mobile technology and how the FrontlineSMS project began. In the second […]

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Ken Banks (FrontlineSMS) Part 3

In the third part of our interview with Ken Banks, founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, we continue our discussion about FrontlineSMS. This time we discuss about projects such as FrontlineSMS:Medic and FrontlineSMS:Credit which are specific applications of FrontlineSMS to ‘vertical’ scenarios such as medicine and informal banking. In the first part of the interview, Ken […]

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