Kenyan Crowd Mapping (05:16)
In 2009, East Africa connected to the worldwide web, growing it’s digital market; Kenya leads with startup digital payment platforms. Innovation company iHub jumpstarts businesses like Ushahidi, a free and accessible application.
Kenyan Makerspace (06:43)
Gearbox brings local artisans to international markets, enabling hardware innovations and technology testing. Startup Paygo Energy allows remote communities to use cleaner fuel, processing payments via M-Pesa.
E-Waste Opportunity (04:12)
Kenyans produce six kilograms of electronic rubbish annually; garbage is also imported from Europe. Weee Center specializes in technology recovery, working with AB3D, a company addressing supply chain problems with 3D printing.
Community Innovators (05:03)
Ecological and economic concerns inspired recycling companies and Moja, a BRCK project supplying free Wi-Fi for Nairobi buses. KIOKIT provides schoolchildren with solar powered tablets. International markets express interest in Kenyan social technology.
Rwandan Startups (04:47)
Kigali has modernized, becoming a hub for innovation; k-Lab allows entrepreneurs to nurture businesses. Safe Moto uses a platform that transmits driver data and rankings, and deters accidents while enabling employees to save money via mobile accounting.
Enabling Progression (05:22)
Rwanda has recognized its ethnic genocide; it aspires to be middle class, but internet and electricity are not widely accessible. ARED solar kiosks provide communities with cheap services while creating jobs; the company’s founder hopes to pass on his business skills.
Informed Farming (03:03)
The government supports civil drone aviation projects, helping farmers monitor crops and engineers with city planning. Rwanda’s human rights record causes concern about access to digital innovation.
Utilizing Local Skills (07:06)
Ghana was the first African country to declare independence; unemployment is high and only 16% of people have internet access. At Kumasi Hive, entrepreneurs collaborate with Suame Magazine artisans. Dext designs science kits for schoolchildren.
Agricultural Technology (02:15)
In rural areas, information to access is poor. Farmerline allows farmers to receive weather reports, market prices, and farming tips. Beneficial data is available via phone in local languages; the application now has 200,000 subscribers.
Mobirec attempts to connect patient files with blockchain, allowing quick access by doctors while informing healthcare institutions. Land registry and governance use the technology to share encrypted information. African innovators confer regarding government support.
Credits: Digital Africa (00:29)
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