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Inside Nairobi’s Tech iHub

In a four-story building on the fringe of Kenya’s capital, “Ninjas” and “Pirates” are working on finding solutions to problems. The young tech entrepreneurs, laptops plastered in stickers, dress casually and sit around big tables, on couches and sometimes on the floor at the iHub, a tech incubation center that has spawned 150 startups and created more than 1,300 jobs. Photographs by Waldo Swiegers.

by Sophie Mongalvy

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SwiftRiver Dataflow 1 (by Ushahidi)

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African software helps map unrest in Liberia during Recent Elections

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Citizen’s Voice (Nagorikkontho.org) is one such project which has been launched by Population Services and Training Center (PSTC) to empower Bangladeshi public by having their voices heard, especially regarding feedback on public services. The platform supports both Bangla and English language to make it versatile for all the users and all the technology platforms (mobile texting still does not support Bangla font).

… The header on the site lists a number of questions, asking about the availability of common services - such as access to health facilities, free education, and so forth. ‘If not, please send a report,’ it says. Reports can also be submitted in the form of a video, photo or a blog post. One video listed on the website by maaDiyan on YouTube shows a busride on “the busiest highway of Bangladesh” between Dhaka and Bandarban, and how drivers skirt traffic rules to get ahead faster.


- Salman Latif, “Bangladesh: Citizen’s Voice, A Citizen’s Watchdog for Public Services

Catching up with Ushahidi

It’s TED time here in LA again.

While I didn’t figure out how to cover the even it self, I was lucky enough to spend some time with some of my friends from Ushahidi before their busy week of listening to ( and drinking with ) other really, really smart people. Spending time with people like Erik, David, and Juliana is a thing in itself. At once you recognize how much more you really could be doing with your life, but there is zero shame in the realization. The resonating effect of this sensation is encouragement:

Go try something. Take a risk. Be generous. Be loving.

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A video about Innovation in Africa. This shows both scalability and promise. Enjoy

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Ushahidi in Haiti 2: Haiti 4636 Project

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Interview with Afp France