Exploring the idea of the Creative Class in an African city: A case study of ICT professionals in Nairobi

Written by Lauren Rosenberg (see below for her bio) Securing urban economic growth in new economy is less dependent on access to physical resources and increasingly dependent on attracting talent who can create economically useful new ideas. Urban theorist Richard Florida calls this type of talent the ‘Creative Class’ – knowledge workers who derive a […]

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Kenya Technology, Innovation & Startup Report 2012: A Preview

It is my pleasure to present a preview of the upcoming report “Kenya Technology, Innovation & Startups Report 2012“. The aim of the report is to look into where Kenya currently stands as far as innovation and startup culture is concerned. We talked to several influencers, thought leaders and pioneers of Kenya’s digital revolution to […]

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Why You Must Never Forget About the Humble Feature Phone in Africa

Jonathan Hoehler is Chief Technical Officer and Business Analyst at Starfish Mobile International based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. With over 8 years in the mobile telecoms space in Africa, he’s been an evangelist frequently seen on the conference circuit speaking and presenting on the future of mobile on the continent. Follow him on Twitter […]

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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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What counts? Need for more Data Transparency & Africa Tech Market Research

A few months ago, I did some due diligence on a potential innovative healthcare venture in East Africa. As part of this I sourced some data from a no. of sources including the IMF, world bank etc. However, getting more granular data like current prices of medicines and what firms were manufacturing and distributing was […]

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Analysing The Impact of Safaricom’s New Internet Browsing Tariff & Their Outlook on Data for 2011

Kenyan integrated telecoms firm Safaricom today introduces a new tariff. Far from the confusing days of multiple tariffs, Safaricom recently aggregated all voice-related tariffs to the single “Uwezo” tariff. Today, Safaricom makes a leap forward with the country’s first data-focused tariff, priced at Ksh. 2 per minute. Afrinnovator’s Mark Kaigwa uncovers the impact of this move in the competitive telecommunication landscape.

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TNS RMS Mobile Life 2011 Report

TNS RMS part of the largest global market research firm TNS, announced the results of a study into Kenyan mobile phone use and behavior dubbed Mobile Life 2011, which is part of the Global Telecoms Insight (GTI). Mobile Life 2011 revealed a significant level of growth in mobile literacy in Kenya indicated by the steady […]

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Mobile Number Portability in Kenya – an April fool?

The Kenyan mobile scene is set for a radical change due to the impending plan to roll out Mobile Number Portability (MNP), a service that would allow mobile service consumers to switch between providers while maintaining their phone number. A lot has been said concerning this and there has been speculation as to the readiness […]

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Mobile Phone Use in The Gambia Research Results

We learnt of an interesting research project on mobile phone usage in the Gambia, a West African country done by Fatim Badjie. The project focused on 6 major areas: Ownership and Costs; Mobile Usage; Availability and Issues; Impact and Benefits; Operator and Services; Institutional Context The following summary of the results of this survey is […]

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