Blog entries from: WhiteAfrican

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November 28 2014

From WhiteAfrican Fri Nov 28 2014, 01:07:09

Catching up on a few updates at once here, you can read about Day 2 of our trip here. It's 6am in Lusaka, Zambia as I write this. The last two days have been a blur as we covered over 1,700 kilometers from Dodoma to Lusaka in what can only be considered as marathon sessions [...]

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November 24 2014

From WhiteAfrican Mon Nov 24 2014, 14:25:05

(Cross posted from the BRCK blog) I'm writing this blog post using my Mac, connected to a BRCK which is connected to a satellite internet connection using an Inmarsat iSavi device, somewhere about 100km from Arusha towards Dodoma. Inmarsat gave us this test device, a small unit, made for global travelers, so we could test [...]

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November 22 2014

From WhiteAfrican Sat Nov 22 2014, 00:29:50

Two days from now we begin a BRCK overland expedition to South Africa. Like any of our trips, it is meant to be fun and adventurous, while at the same time giving us the opportunity to stress test our product beyond the norm. In the vein of our past expeditions to Turkana and the Nile, [...]

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October 18 2014

From WhiteAfrican Sat Oct 18 2014, 10:50:16

Perhaps one of the longest projects to come to fruition for me has been Gearbox. Over three years ago, a couple of us started talking about the need for a makerspace in Nairobi, which turned up a notch to something more like a rapid protoyping and light manufacturing facility. We see Gearbox as the on-ramp [...]

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September 23 2014

From WhiteAfrican Tue Sep 23 2014, 01:18:19

This year at Pivot East I had my first look at Sendy, which does for motorcycle courier deliveries and customers in Nairobi, what Uber did for taxis and passengers in San Francisco. At its heart, Sendy is about bringing the vast and growing motorcycle courier and delivery network in Africa into the digital and networked [...]

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August 28 2014

From WhiteAfrican Thu Aug 28 2014, 06:36:47

Barcamp Nairobi 2014 is set to begin, seven years after the first one was held. It's one of those events that brings people out of the woodwork around the city, where techies who don't normally meet end up having great conversations, and relationships are formed. This Saturday, Aug 30th at 08:00, your chance to lead [...]

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August 5 2014

From WhiteAfrican Tue Aug 5 2014, 12:39:08

Entrepreneurs who succeed are hungrier, and the get their hands dirty. A couple stories: The Coffee Man Pete Owiti is a coffee connoisseur, he learned the trade back in the late 90â€ēs as on of Java House Nairobi's earliest baristas, became one of the best in Kenya, winning global barista competitions and then went to [...]

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From WhiteAfrican Tue Aug 5 2014, 02:46:02

There's a great resource that Built Visible has just written about the history and power dynamics of the internet's undersea cables. It's well worth a read, if even to just get a snapshot view of the surveillance programs that governments use to tap information, as well as seeing a map that plays by year to [...]

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July 8 2014

From WhiteAfrican Tue Jul 8 2014, 08:06:59

We're about to ship our first orders of BRCKs next week, on July 17th. Tomorrow (Wed, July 9th) we have a launch event happening at Sarit Centre for our Nairobi friends and media, starting at 9am, where we take over our partner Sandstorm's store for the day. We'll be there all day, so come on [...]

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July 2 2014

From WhiteAfrican Wed Jul 2 2014, 10:26:22

Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It's been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the [...]

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