The Kenya National Farmers Awards, an annual fete that seeks to celebrate the country’s finest in farming and now in its fourth year, is the latest stab by the country at enticing especially women and youth in farming, a constituency traditionally neglected in food production.
In Nairobi telecommunications firm MTN have opened a new data office with 70 racks aimed at supporting small to medium sized businesses. Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre has 600 racks and IBM have recently opened a cognitive cloud computing service in conjunction with Sidian Bank. Kenya is now a growing hub for online supported services and cloud technology not just in East Africa, but across the continent as a whole.
Identity means everything to humankind. We are who we are because we hold onto an image of ourselves. This is power. It is control. Nothing gives people control over their lives more than financial identity. It’s with this knowledge that the Android app called TALA (formerly InVenture) came into play, riding on that concept. TALA is a FinTech (Financial Technology) company and app that allows customers in East Africa to access loans and other forms of credit directly through their mobile phones. The app collects data from around 10,000 data points and assesses borrowing potential to create a financial profile of the user.
Clean tech companies are nowadays coming up with innovative products to address the global energy and climate challenge, and most African countries are among the beneficiaries though there are still extra miles to go to reach the set targets. Cleanleap has interacted with Powerspot about a prototype that they recently designed and manufactured to help provide access to electricity. What has been the feedback about their prototype in Africa? Is it reliable? Find out more details in this article.
Urbanization in Africa is still a critical issue that preoccupies a good number of governments and getting enough resources is also a big challenge. Solutions are coming in the form of green building solutions - STRAWTEC has recently built factory in Rwanda that produces strawboards panels and the factory has more ambitious projects to improve urbanization in the country with carbon-negative-footprint building materials.
It's 4pm, I am at Nyarutarama. I login to a smart phone app, put in a location and send a motorcycle request to the nearest motorcycle, 2 minutes later the moto guy arrives and calls to let me know that he is waiting for me, at the same time I receive a notification letting me know that he has reached my place. He drops me at Remera with a meter to calculate the number of kilometers run and I pay 300 Rwfs (US $ 0.39), it was really a nice experience. Welcome to the new time-efficient and convenient motorcycle booking and travel system in Rwanda—Safemotos!
Founded in January 2013, African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED) seeks to provide stable and reliable energy solutions to rural and urban areas in Africa, employing innovative technologies on a micro and macro level. Henri Nyakarundi is founder and managing director of ARED, a Rwandan-based and award-winning renewable energy company specializing in the development of mobile solar kiosks.
There is some oddness, a sense of remoteness that comes up when technology and Africa are used in the same sentence. It is like thinking of a rainforest at the heart of the Sahara or Kalahari Desert. However, at the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, a team of software developers, engineers, and technologists are rewriting the story of Africa from remoteness and oddness to possibilities. BRCK is a device seeking to solve problems of electricity, internet connections, problems that are eminent in both rural and urban areas in Africa.
The tyranny of distance is a term from an Australian history book that refers to the vast geographic gulf that separates humanity. It’s ironic that although the Internet brings us all together in some ways, we feel even more keenly the physical gaps that separate us from each other.
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