Musings on the on the 'Silicon Savannah': Past, Present & Future

Kenya has come to be closely associated with technology innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of mobile technology, raising the country’s profile internationally as one of the up-coming tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has even been dubbed the ‘Silicon Savannah’, a term that embodies the aspirations of the country to dominate technology […]

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Technology Transforming Elections in Africa

This article is a follow up to a previous article on ‘The Influence of Technology on Governance in Africa‘ in which we observed how technology is shaping how governments operate, how citizens expect their governments to operate, and the interaction between government and citizenry. We summarized the impact of technology on the ‘citizen’ (people) side […]

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Kenya’s Propensity to Crowdsource

About two weeks ago, following a strike by transport operators in Kenya, residents of the capital city Nairobi resorted to social media to solve the problem. The hashtag #CarPoolKE was a result of an emergent self-organised effort by Twitter users around Nairobi to find alternate transport to their destinations. The Kenya Red Cross amplified the […]

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Three lessons for innovators & techpreneurs: Learning from Ushahidi's history

The Ushahidi crowdsourcing platform recently secured an additional $1.9 million round of funding from the Omidyar Network spanning 3 years. Ushahidi has definitely grown from strength to strength since 2008 when it was created and first deployed, really as a hack creating a quick solution to an evident problem at the time. The solution happened to work well and […]

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Africa Social Networking/Social Media Pulse Check

Back in 2008, in an article on socialmediatoday.com titled ‘Why Social Media in South Africa Will Fail’, the author makes a rather daring assertion: … social media and social media marketing and social media strategy is an almost pointless pursuit for businesses in South Africa… Perhaps the image projected of Africa may in times past […]

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Ushahidi iPhone and iPad App Review

Ushahidi has grown from a web based crisis information crowdsourcing application to quite a comprehensive ecosystem of apps and tools that can be leveraged in disaster situations to crowdsource critical information. We recently downloaded the Ushahidi iPhone/iPad app and gave it a quick spin and thought to share the same. To begin with, it would […]

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Africa Programmers Survey Results

It is evident from our writing that tech startups and innovation are central to the growth of Africa and African economies. At the heart of tech and innovation in tech are the actual guys who create the cool apps and the neat websites and the frameworks around which these are built, the programmers! So the […]

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Ushahidi Makes Datasets Available

Ushahidi are making a number of datasets available from some of the past deployments of the platform to monitoring crisis around the world. The datasets range from Afghanistan to Haiti to Mexico and Sudan and more. The data is provided in the form of CSV and DTA files. The data basically comprises locations, latitude and […]

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South Africa’s JamiiX set to be the next Ushahidi

South Africa’s JamiiX looks set to be the next Ushahidi to emerge onto a global stage from the African continent. While Ushahidi uses social media and mobile communications very cleverly to collect information from the people at the scene of significant events, JamiiX uses the channels to share vital information and advice with people on […]

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KuweniSerious: Fighting the Evil Forces of Apathy

KuweniSerious was started by three young Kenyans in the wake of the Kenyan post election violence back in 2007/08. Just like the founders of the famed Ushahidi, these young people thought there was more that could be done than just lamenting at the situation. KuweniSerious literally means ‘Be Serious!’, ‘Get Real’! Which is exactly what […]

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