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Africa Launch

The R&D Trip to Africa was a success! BBXG commenced onsite, technical research and partnership cultivation in Ghana and Kenya. Natalie attended Africa-specific mobile development conferences, tested smartphone connectivity and access in rural areas, validated systems architecture assumptions, and interviewed over 30 professionals working in relevant navvi.com industries. She set-up beta user programs with 3 African Universities and solidified relationships with regional news agencies: The Daily Nation (East Africa), The Graphic Group (West Africa), and the African Media Council (Nairobi, Kenya).

 

Kibera, Nairobi

We spent the day filming in Kibera - the largest urban ‘slum’ in Africa. The sense of community and connectedness was beautiful. Unlike the car-centric streets outside, Kibera feels like an interconnected city where people call each other by name, know thy neighbor and simply put, care. Slum is such an interesting word - often associated with crime, raw sewage, poverty, rape, need, etc, the unidyllic implications graffiti an image most wish to avoid.

Having spent years in the urban slums of South Asia, I’ve come to the following conclusions: people in-touch with their basic human needs (ie. food, energy, water, shelter) are connected with their surrounding environment by necessity. The resulting community is always refreshing. In an age of broken single families, ambition, and ‘modernity’, I ask what can we learn from communities like Kibera?