Technology Salon

Nairobi

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a discussion at the intersection of technology and development

Technology Salon Nairobi was started in late 2012 by Ben Bellows and colleagues. Salon topics cover a lot of ground each time with a fresh focus and new faces joining folks who know the value of the Salon meet-up. We foster a fast-paced conversation that challenges participants to think differently and make new connections.

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  • Will 1 Million Digital Devices in 22,000 Primary Schools Create a Unified Education Solution for Kenya?

    Nairobi | By on October 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Will 1 Million Digital Devices in 22,000 Primary Schools Create a Unified Education Solution for Kenya?

    At the recent Technology Salon Nairobi, technologists and educators asked how could technology improve education in Kenya? One way is through a set of software and content that is curated into a digital literacy stack: A set of interoperable, reusable tools that serve as the foundation for multiple apps and services; Transparent, discoverable technologies: open…

  • How Can We Use Drones for Development?

    Nairobi | By on October 15, 2014 | Comments Off on How Can We Use Drones for Development?

    We all know the military and surveillance applications of drones, and we can dream of Amazon Prime Air, but how can unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) be used to improve peoples’ lives? What innovations with remotely piloted aircraft will accelerate social and economic development? Could we deliver medicines or vital packages via drone? What about finding…

  • Could Community Health Workers Use Drones and Bitcoin for Better Patient Care?

    Nairobi | By on May 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Could Community Health Workers Use Drones and Bitcoin for Better Patient Care?

    Could future Community Health Workers use drones to bring needed supplies to the point of care? What about Bitcoin vouchers to incentivize behavior or subsidize care? Or digital health records to track all of their community members’ health over time? At the recent Nairobi Technology Salon exploring “How are Community Health Workers using ICT?“, we…

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  • The 3 Secrets to Kenya’s Technology Success

    Nairobi | By on November 30, 2013 | Comments Off on The 3 Secrets to Kenya’s Technology Success

    Over the past 5 years Nairobi, or the ‘Silicon Savanah,’ has blossomed into a global hub and a regional role model for cultivating innovation. mPesa, Safaricom’s mobile money platform, has led the globe in electronic payments serving emerging markets and base of the pyramid. Nairobi is home to the first tech incubator in Africa, the…

  • 3 Key Factors for the Next Mobile App to Scale like M-Pesa

    Nairobi | By on March 11, 2013 | Comments Off on 3 Key Factors for the Next Mobile App to Scale like M-Pesa

    I am Josephine Mutugu and at the Nairobi Technology Salon on What is the Next Mobile Development App that Will Scale? we launched into the discussion with a brief summary of the iHub report “Mobile Phone Usage at the Kenyan Base of the Pyramid.” In particular, we wanted to explore what the next development app…

  • The Top 6 Technology Challenges in International Development

    Nairobi | By on December 3, 2012 | Comments Off on The Top 6 Technology Challenges in International Development

    Let us be honest with ourselves. Most of the shiny, flashy new technology is not designed for the developing world we care about. Technology is designed for the rich Hardware designers in rich countries are turning out super light laptops and tablets of glass to impress their rich peers. Software developers are creating apps for…