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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.

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Donald Trump's eldest daughter was speaking at an event with German leader Angela Merkel.

These are the people on the panel:

Angela Merkel: The German chancellor is arguably Europe’s most powerful leader. She has a doctorate in quantum chemistry.

Christine Lagarde: The head of the IMF is the first woman in the role and previously served as France’s finance minister for four years. Before that she spent more than two decades working in law. She also has a number of masters degrees.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands: The Argentinean-born royal worked for some of the world’s top banks before meeting and marrying King Willem-Alexander. She is also a UN Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

Chrystia Freeland: Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs studied Russian history and literature at Harvard and has a master’s in Slavonic studies from Oxford. The author of two books, she turned to politics after a successful career as a journalist.

Juliana Rotich: Kenyan-born Rotich used to be executive director for Ushahidi, an election mapping platform which was used to track possible voter intimidation in the US election.

Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller: President and chairwoman of technology company Trumpt, she holds a doctorate in philology.

Anne Finucane: Ms Finucane is vice-president at Bank of America, and was named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful woman in the world last year.

And then there’s Ivanka Trump. Daughter of the President, who has gotten everything handed to her on a silver plated servant boy because of her father’s money and power.

🎶One of these things is not like the other🎶

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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