Blog entries from: White African

Where Africa and Technology Collide: Thoughts on the Web, Africa, and community.

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October 18 2014

From White African 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 White African 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 White African 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 White African 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 White African 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 White African 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 White African 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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June 18 2014

From White African Wed Jun 18 2014, 18:24:49

A bunch of people are talking about where the money comes from that funds the tech startups and/or the ecosystem in East Africa's tech community: Hype around NGO-funded apps is stifling Africa's innovation Before Anybody Convinces You That NGOs Are Messing Up The Tech Ecosystem Is there enough funding for startups in Africa? Silicon Savannah [...]

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June 6 2014

From White African Fri Jun 6 2014, 03:12:06

Carey Eaton was one of the true sparks of genius in Kenya's tech ecosystem... in Africa's. "It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the untimely death of Kenyan businessman Carey Eaton, who passed away in tragic circumstances after an armed robbery at a friend's home in Nairobi in the early hours of [...]

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May 12 2014

From White African Mon May 12 2014, 13:18:50

Having landed in Addis Ababa yesterday, I thought I might write down some of my impressions. The last time I was here was over 20 years ago, as I would fly between Khartoum and Nairobi for boarding school. Needless to say, much has changed, except for the warm hospitality of the Ethiopian people. Mobile carrier's [...]

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