Blog entries from: WhiteAfrican

Where Africa and Technology Collide!

1 to 10 of 31

November 30 2014

From WhiteAfrican Sun Nov 30 2014, 11:56:10

TL;DR - We're chilling by Victoria Falls today, a 5-hour drive took us 11-hours yesterday, and someone stole our med kit, a vest and 300m Nikon lens in Livingstone today. Friday was amazing. We had gotten in the night before to Lusaka, and this meant we got to spend the whole day with the BongoHive [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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, [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 90′s as on of Java House Nairobi's earliest baristas, became one of the best in Kenya, winning global barista competitions and then went to [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 [...]

[view whole blog post ]

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 [...]

[view whole blog post ]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!