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Over the past few years, Kenya’s innovation scene has come to the limelight, resulting in some naming the country as the technology hub of Africa. Some of the factors that have led to this acclaim are the growing number of shared working spaces, young technology enthusiasts, incubators where developers are mentored and trained, and a craze for mobile application development. The Open AIR team in Kenya- comprised of Dr. Isaac Rutenberg, Victor Nzomo, Louisa Matu-Mureithi and myself, is conducting research on mobile innovation in Kenya. As a researcher on the team, I am helping to conduct research in the case study entitled “Open Collaborative Models of Mobile Tech Innovation in Kenya.”
Mobile Innovation in Kenya
As a Kenyan, I am seeing mobile applications create solutions to problems facing the average Kenyan in sectors such as health, agriculture, transportation, education, financial services, entertainment, and security. Through the use of simple USSD technology, Kenyans are able to access life-changing services, which would not otherwise be available. Mobile applications are becoming the cornerstone of socio-economic development; helping to improve the living standards of Kenyans as well as enabling startups to reap the benefits of their innovative ideas.