The Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

The Kenya Association of Bloggers (BAKE) annual awards were held at the Intercontinental Hotel on 2nd May. To celebrate the winners and the organizers, the hotel invited us for a cocktail and showed us around. On an evening after work, I stepped into one of the conference halls to enjoy the hospitality.

table set up at Intercon

table set up at Intercon

The Intercon is, in my opinion, the only five star hotel in the city center which still retains the feeling of freshness and class. Others (that I shall not name) feel run down, threadbare carpeting and washrooms with a hint of smell. It’s location works in its favor. The management wanted us to know what’s on offer you know, just in case we feel inclined to blog about it. Because after all, they did invite the winners of the bloggers’ awards!

Aerial view of Intercontinental Nairobi

Aerial view of Intercontinental Nairobi. Image from sleepout.com

I’ve been here a number of times before and I like the poolside bar. It’s set up in the open with a view of the pool, and there is a large screen that’s been set up for watching the World Cup. The hotel has 380 rooms, 16 suites, 9 meeting rooms and 4 restaurants (they do open for Sunday brunch). If you are so inclined to spend a night, an average room will cost you about $250 a night (anywhere from Ksh 19,000). It’s not for your everyday Kenyan!

The management, who were our host, gave us a tour of the rooms, fed us on snacks and bitings, mingled with us and gave us a short presentation about the hotel. We tweeted throughout.

bloggers

Tweeting at the Intercon

 

The drinks were in plenty

Bloggers toasting to Intercon, hear, hear!

Bloggers toasting to Intercon, hear, hear!

The food too, was amazing.

The food at the Intercon

The food at the Intercon

 

Overall, it was an evening well spent. All pictures above were obtained from their PR agency’s facebook page. Check out there rest of the pics on the link.

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

It’s not easy being a working mother. At the tender age of 3 months, you will leave your suckling infant in the care of another, and leave them there for the better part of the day. You will arrive at work disoriented but soon you will adjust to the reality that as a working mother, you will only see your child in the evenings when you’re tired after work and they are sleepy and ready for bed. So you make the most of the weekends. Weeks will turn into months and you get used to it but you ask yourself, given a choice, would you be a stay at home mother? Can job satisfaction from your career equal satisfaction from watching over your child(ren), especially when they are young? What exactly are you doing in your career, are you a replaceable foot soldier or are you the general making some change in the world?

In my experience, I would choose to work from home for the first three years of my child’s life, then as he starts school I go back to work. Many mothers have to juggle both work and family; and when they are forced to choose, who would choose career over family? It’s not a secret single women without children will rise faster in the employment. But can women with families rise too, and to the very apex? Can they compete on the same level as their single counterparts, and men? The situation might be almost ideal in the entry and middle levels of employment, but what about at the top?

Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In is a book by Sheryl Sandberg, the CFO of Facebook. Hers is to encourage women to Lean In at the table, don’t hold yourself back. A better world is one in which women run half the work, and men run half of our homes. Often, it is the woman who sacrifices her career for the family, rarely the man. The book gives examples of research findings over the years, that show just how much women are always afraid to Lean In, always afraid to push ahead, always having to make the sacrifice of family over career. She thinks that with more women on top to show by example (she is married with 2 kids), more women will join the table.

Throughout the book she shares anecdotes of her own experiences and her journey to the top; her marriage to Dave Goldberg who is the Survey Monkey CEO, how they work together as partners both at home and offering support for each other’s career; her observations growing up etc etc.

I rarely read non-fiction, and when I do it is biographies. However, this was one book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It brought to fore the story of working mothers all over the world, and it’s a story I am familiar with. We make the best of the situation, but we should never hold ourselves back from reaching for the very top.

P.S. I have the book in pdf somewhere in my laptop, holla if you want a copy.

How to Get Your Ad Noticed on OLX

I know a number of people who are trying to sell their stuff online, but they wait by their phone all day and it doesn’t ring, and they wonder what they are doing wrong.

Here are tips to get noticed:

Have a Clear, Detailed Title

Your title should be descriptive, if it is an electronics gadget, make sure it has the manufacturer name, type and model.

Examples of good titles

Examples of good titles

 

Pictures, pictures, pictures

Take good, clear pictures. Don’t use generic images from the web because you won’t look genuine. Anyone can get images from the web… so take your own pictures, and not just one.. but many. You can upload up to 17 pictures!

You can upload up to 17 pictures

You can upload up to 17 pictures

 

Description

Be precise, but provide enough detail. You can ramble and praise your item as much as possible, but honesty is key to winning a buyer’s trust.

Pricing

Pricing is of course, key. Look around to see how much others are selling similar items, and set the right price. And because you have the title, the pictures and the description well done, then you’re likely to sell your item faster.

Provide a reliable contact

When you give out a number, be available for contact, or state the hours you will be available. If someone calls your number several times and you don’t pick, they will move on to the next person.

Every few seconds, people’s ads are popping up online of similar items. So after 3 days if you ad hasn’t sold, you might consider editing the above details.

What other tips do you guys use to sell your stuff on classified sites?

If you have any unanswered questions, check out the FAQs.

 

 

Money Matters: Men Borrowing From Women

Money

Money

Money is a sensitive issue. Money can and does cause a rift between siblings, friends, spouses, lovers… Last week, I was reading Biko’s Saturday Magazine article about people (especially women) who borrow money and never return, and they make it so hard for the lender to ask back for their own money without being embarrassed. Even if it’s 200/- or 200,000 shillings, do pay back without being asked. It’s the honorable thing to do.

Anyway, today it’s about the men.

Disclaimer: the following story may or may not be fictitious. 

I met a man once. At a car wash, and you know they don’t have magazines for you to read while your car is being washed, all they can offer for a waiting lounge is plastic chairs in the open. I checked my phone and my battery was running low so the only source of entertainment turned out to be the guy who was also waiting for his car to be washed.

Ulikuwa umeenda ushago?” he asked. (Had you gone upcountry?)

“Why?” I wondered how he got to the conclusion.

Nimeona matope kwa gari yako” Your car is muddy.

Ok I admit, Bella is not the cleanest car in town. I hadn’t washed it in over a month, mostly because it had spent a number of days in the garage sorting some acceleration issue. Finally, when I thought I might develop a cold from all the dust, I took it to the car wash and that was when I met the guy.

From the beginning, he came on strong. Sharing personal stories at that first meeting, instead of sticking to safe topics like the weather, politics, Raila, explosions, (in)security, Anglo leasing, scandals, Manchester United, the world cup, what’s your favorite colour (mine is blue), music (the proper way to watch Sauti Sol’s video is on mute)…

Red flag #1: Eager to share personal experiences/details too soon, to create a false sense of intimacy and imply their total trust in you. And you also start to think you can trust them since they trust you so much.

In fact, from the first meeting I knew where he worked, his family history, his relationship status, and how much money he was making/spending etc information I didn’t particularly want to know. But he let it slip, no I mean, he let it be clearly known, that he is a rich man.

Red flag #2: Implying their wealth when you have not asked for it. No one volunteers information about their financial status.

Thereafter we exchanged numbers and went our separate ways. As he started his car, it made some funny noises (this will be relevant later) and he left. I got into Bella, wet floor mats dripping in the boot, and took them home to dry.

The first coffee date went well. He paid the bill and a date was set for the second one some 3 days later.

So after we had ordered for drinks, he said he didn’t have his wallet, he must have left it home. I didn’t think it was a big deal, I mean it is possible to forget one’s wallet home. It happens. So I said fine, don’t worry I’ll pay the bill.  I have blogged about men and paying bills before. But this guy said that he would refund the cash the following day, and in fact he also needed to fuel and *cringe* I gave him 1K. He renewed his promise to refund the following day.

Red flag #3: He leaves home without knowing how much fuel he needs for the day? Maybe he’s not organized: personally I fuel once a week because I know my usage.

Once again we parted ways, I zoomed up to Mombasa Road towards home, the thin traffic working my favour. As is the polite custom in Kenya, when you get home, you text to let the other person know you got home safe and inquire if they did too.  He called to say, actually no.. something had happened to his car and it had stalled on his way home. Could I call him back? No big deal, I have a lot of talk time thanks to Safaricom’s post paid tarrifs that are now set to end. But I did wonder why a rich man didn’t have credit. Another red flag?

Remember the funny noises his car was making? Yes.. that was some issue in the hood that caused the car to stall. My friend later said rich people’s cars don’t funny make noises, lol. They buy their cars still in plastic from DT Dobie, and not sbtjapan.com (very nice site for importing cars btw, but their sales people are AGGRESSIVE!).

Red flag #4: Rich people car’s don’t make funny noises

Calling him back, he starts to imply well, that he needs money to have the car towed. Could I lend him?

I was astounded.

I had just met the guy. Of all his friends from childhood, secondary, university, neighbours, relatives (and you know in Kenya we have over 100 relatives), workmates, family, his entire network; he forgets all of them and borrows money from the girl he is trying to impress?

So of course not, I could not lend him.  I hadn’t known him for longer than a week. In fact, I was broke. Just because I drive a small car and pay my own bills doesn’t make me rich 🙂

The following day dawned bright and early. Wanting to find out how it all went, I called the guy and he said the car had been towed successfully but he must have lost his wallet because he still couldn’t find it. So he had gone to the bank but we all know you can’t withdraw money over the counter without an ID, which he had also lost. So he wanted to ask me for a small favour.. and you guessed it, money. Again.

I told him to consider asking his friends or family or colleagues. This is someone who was implying dealing with millions. With the right connections even, so he was saying he’d get a replacement document/ID within 24 hours. I told him he could also wait those 24 hours.

We didn’t talk much after that.

To this day, he hasn’t refunded the bill or fuel soft loan. Making it embarrassing to start asking back for it. Same thing Biko talked about in the magazine.

Anyway, the point of this post is: at what point is it okay for a guy to ask money from some woman he is trying to impress? I think that unless you are engaged/married, a man should never borrow money from the woman he is dating. He should first of all exhaust all his options (family, friends, relatives, colleagues), but even then, there is M-Shwari. Loan sharks. Faulu and other banks hawking loans. Sell his phone on OLX. Salary advance. Chama. Sacco loan.

Never the woman he is dating, but if it comes to that, the first priority on his list should be refunding the loan.

So if you see all those red flags above, please run. This is not someone you can trust. There are those who will borrow the first small loan and refund in record time, so that you can give them without hesitation the next time they ask. The next they will ask for some more money; and then you will never hear from them again.

What is your opinion?

OLX: Beyond Buying and Selling

Like I posted last week, most people do not think that they have things worth selling, which is not true at all.  A survey concluded that Kenyans, particularly Nairobians, have tons of stuff lying unused in their homes (about 69 Billion shillings), which they could easily turn into cash.

Anyway, beyond buying and selling, the  olx site now has a database of information that one can use for:

  • Pricing on items. If you are selling/buying something, even offline, be sure you check olx first to figure out the competitive prices of some of the items on offer
  • Business Ideas: stuck up on ideas on what to sell that has a market? See what others are selling, olx can give you a window into the retail business world. Some entrepreneurial guys are selling rabbit urine.  No kidding. (I think it’s used as a fertilizer). So if you have been wondering where to deposit your rabbits’ urine, why not sell it? Everything sells on olx!

    Rabbit urine on sale on OLX

    Rabbit urine on sale on OLX

  • Job Listings: There are a number of job listings posted, and it seems an easier process since you don’t have to register, upload your CV etc. Just call the employer directly.
  • Learning: sign up for classes, or offer classes to boost your income if you are good at something. Share you knowledge, or learn something new. Dance classes, music, computer knowledge etc
  • Community: there is also an interesting category called community for car pooling services, events, volunteers, lost and found etc.

What do you use olx for?

What I Learned From the OLX BAKE Experience

This past Tuesday evening, OLX was invited to interact with bloggers at Nailab, from 6pm. I hope you received the invite, otherwise send a message to BAKE to be added to the mailing list for (awesome) events.

OLX Sell It

OLX Sell It

Unused Goods at Home

So the OLX Kenya country manager, Peter Ndiang’ui and the Marketing Manager Priscilla Muhiu spoke about their experiences running OLX and one thing they asked was: How many times do you rush to borrow money when you are broke, while you have tons of stuff you don’t use that you could put up for sale online? 

They presented the results from a survey carried out by Nielsen Kenya and presented in April, 2014.  Kenyans could be having as much as 158B shillings in their homes in form of unused goods in their homes. The survey did not include the Western and North Eastern Regions. Nairobi region takes the lead in unused goods worth 69B shillings followed closely by Eastern and Central with 26B and 22B respectively.

So the next time you are thinking of borrowing  money, think of how much stuff you don’t use that you could easily sell on OLX.

On Frauds

OLX Kenya closely works with the CID (Criminal Investigations Department) to report and arrest criminals who could be using their site to buy/sell illegal stuff. OLX uses algorithms to flag any suspect deals, and report these to the CID. They also blacklist these dealers, who could later resurface using different email address. So OLX is planning to use phone number authentication, because it’s a little bit harder to obtain a SIM card now that you have to register each new SIM with details of your name and ID, location etc.

For reporting of suspect ads, OLX currently uses a form which takes long to fill. They will introduce a “Report ad” button, and if there are too many people reporting a certain ad, it will flagged for faster investigation.

On How OLX Makes Money

OLX believes in increasing the database of sellers first. They want to grow the numbers and are focused more on individual sellers with better deals, as opposed to commercial listings. When will they start to charge for listings? Not soon. So take advantage of this time to sell all that stuff pending in your house. Be it art, electronics, toys.. and buyers please use this site to compare prices and look for deals. There are some genuine deals out there.

Remember to be always careful when shopping online.

 

Google Doodle Art Exhibition for Kenya at 50

Google Doodle Exhibition for Kenya at 50

Google Doodle Exhibition for Kenya at 50

As part of the celebrations for Kenya’s Jubilee year, Google invited students to take part in the Doodle Competition. They received about 5,000 submissions and the winner of the competition was one  17 year old Esther Wambui Githinji. Her doodle, “Feet of Gold,”  was featured on the Google Kenya homepage on Mashujaa Day – 20 October 2013.

 

 

feet-of-gold-google

Feet of gold winning Doodle

But do you ever wonder what the others who submitted their entries drew? To see this creativity galore, pass by the National Museum, Agha Khan Hall, this May. I think I will pass by soon and take some pictures .. and perhaps a tour of the museum as well.

Anyway, Google runs the Doodle for Google (D4G) competitions worldwide and to date, they have run the competition in over 30 countries. D4G is one way Google can bring art and technology together while encouraging children to get creative both online and offline.

 

It’s the 21st Century, but Would You Take a Look at the Kenyan Driving License?

For the longest time, about six months, the piece of paper below has been my (interim) driving license.

Interim driving license

Interim driving license

I was okay with it, because I was aware it was a temporary document while I waited for my driving license to arrive, hopefully by 30th of January 2014.

Turns out it must have been mailed to the wrong address, or got lost in the filing room which I hear is piled up with thousands driving licenses in no order, so finding a particular license there is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

So I waited for 3 months, the had the interim license renewed. If you scan the top left corner, you will see a green stamp with the extension date of 30th April, 2014.

I was sure by then, I would have my license. It was not to be. There was no avenue for inquiry, my dear friends. When I thought of going to queue at the Times Tower and the crowd of people that’s always there, I gave up.  There is no online platform to track driving licenses and I did not have the heart to look for a phone number. So I sent someone to have the renew the interim license a second time. Somewhere up on that picture, there is another faded green stamp showing extension to 30th June, 2014.

But I could not live like this, the interim license was already torn and frayed and I wanted a real license. The only way to do this is to apply for a replacement license, thereby assuming you have lost the original one. I ‘accelerated’ this process and got it in 1 day.

Finally, I have a Kenyan driving license. It’s big, heavy, bulky, outdated, backward, analog in every single way, impossible to put in your back pocket or wallet, inside it’s ugly, handwritten (with a bad handwriting to boot), badly stamped to indicate which vehicles I can drive (including your average Mitsubishi Canter), and several other pages I assume are for renewal purposes. Not forgetting that your mugshot, is literally GLUED to the driving license. SMH. WTF? Are we in the 18th Century? Even the ID department has upgraded to digital-like IDs!

So anyway, take a look at a US Driving License.

us-driving-license

A US driving license in Texas

All information needed is contained there: Photo, DL number, Class of vehicle, expiration date, restrictions, address (blacked out) etc.. on a neat, standard card size of about 85.60 × 53.98 mm (like most credit/debit cards and IDs).

Us vs Kenya Driving License

Us vs Kenya Driving License

Now take a look at our driving licenses:

The Kenyan Driving License

The Kenyan Driving License vs the US Driving License

What is so hard about issuing digital (or digital-sized) driving licenses? This is an embarrassment. Our driving licenses need a total overhaul, not unlike that of the proposed new smart ID cards.

Someone at KRA is sleeping on their job. John Njiraini is the Kenya Revenue Authority’s Commissioner General. I need to forward this post to him. Who has his email?

We need modern driving licenses and I can advice.

 

BAKE Awards 2014 – The Post That is A Week Late!

The 3rd Annual Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Awards took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi on Saturday, May 3rd.

To see  photos of the bloggers in attendance, check out this link.

Here is a full list of the winners. Check out how people voted here.

Best Technology Blog – techmoran.com  

Best Photography Blog –benkiruthi.com

Best Creative Writing Blog – bikozulu.co.ke   

Best Business Blog – bankelele.co.ke  

Best Food Blog – pikachakula.com  

Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog – farmingafrika.com

Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog – thisisess.com

Best Politics Blog  – brainstorm.co.ke

Best New Blog – wendywahito.com

Best Corporate Blog – ihub.co.ke

Best Topical Blog – mummytales.com

Best Sports Blog (A tie) – michezoafrika.com futaa.com

Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog –  ghafla.com

Best Travel Blog – safari254.com

Best Health Blog – wambuiwaithaka.com

Best County Blog – county-411.com

Best Kenyan Blog of the Year – bikozulu.co.ke

On the Tech Scene: Pivot East 2014 Semi-Finalists

Pivot East, an innovative startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing ICT talent in East Africa. In its 4th Edition (it has been running since 2011), below are the shortlisted candidates in the 5 categories that the competition runs in. For more, check out the Pivot East website:

1. Finance Category

Beyonic (Uganda): Aims to eliminate cash by creating the best solutions that enable  business to make payments using mobile money.

Bill-On (Kenya): Bill-on is a mobile application that enables users to pay multiple monthly bills all at the touch of a button.

ChamaSoft (Kenya): Is an investment group management platform which manages administration of chamas, allowing them to concentrate on investment rather than  administration.

Chura (Kenya): Chura connects mobile users to all networks and their services from a single SIM card.

Ensibuuko (Uganda): Leveraging mobile and web technologies to improve access to finance for small holder rural farmers.

FarmDrive (Kenya): FarmDrive connects smallholder farmers to people with disposable income that want to invest in agribusiness ventures.

Kadi (Kenya): Kadi is a mobile application that enables school going students to carry their pocket money and make purchases with the use of NFC technology.

Mchama (Kenya): Mchama is a mobile App that helps self-help groups (chamas) that do
table banking capture and keep their records timely and accurately.

Tevat ltd (Kenya): Tevat aims to give entrepreneurs a platform to leverage family, friends, chamas & existing base of fans/supporters to collectively raise capital in exchange for equity.

Valuraha ( Kenya): The Valuraha Trader is a platform that simulates the Nairobi Securities Exchange & the conventional investment instruments in Kenya

2. Enterprise Category

A SiM Mobile (Kenya) ASim Mobile is a supply chain mobile solution integrated seamlessly with most popular accounting, ERP apps in the world

Buymore (Kenya): Buymore offers student discounts that enhance user retail experience and push foot fall to merchants.

KejaHunt (Kenya): KejaHunt is an online property listing platform that helps you find a house and a roommate, and gives visibility to local businesses.

OffersAfrica.com (Kenya): Is a digital and dynamic marketing platform for businesses, which benefit from a dedicated platform to manage their marketing activities.

Online Hisab (Ethiopia): Online Hisab is a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution.

RTSOP (Kenya): RTSOP is an online and mobile-phone based platform that enables logistic companies which suffer empty return trips to commercialize return trips.

Sapama.com (Kenya): Sapama.com enables property agents to list and manage properties details such as tenants, landlords, tenancy, rent and utilities details.

Sootano (Kenya): Sootano provides a platform for Businesses and Freelancers to connect. It facilitates finding and contracting reliable service providers for jobs or projects

Sages Asset King (Kenya): Sages Asset King is a mobile app letting you do an efficient and paperless asset audit of tagged business assets via smartphone.

ThinVoid (Uganda): ThinVoid implements solutions & strategy that accelerate data collection.

3. Entertainment

Endiba (Uganda): Endiba provides the best in all local sport for every soccer lover. They provide you with league information such as league table, results, news and player profile

Epic (Kenya): Epic provides a three prong approach to moving the Media houses from in-effective shoot-and-miss online content delivery, to a structured measurable, cost-effective way of creating profitable digital content.

FunKe Science (Kenya): FunKe Science is a learning platform that seeks to teach science in a way that is both exciting and easy.

Jifunza (Rwanda): Jifunza builds digital experiences and games to expose the beauty, diversity and culture of Africa to the world to change negative stereotypes about the continent.

MapJam (Kenya): MapJam helps internet users find things & events with a dedicated search platform.

Muva Studios (Kenya): Muva Studios develops small engaging games for low-end devices and high end devices to cover the larger market.

Momentum Core (Kenya): Momentum Core develops simulation and entertainment games for the growing need by the environment around the globe.

Safari Tales (Kenya): Safari Tales is an edutainment android mobile application for children to access Digital African Narratives & learn African Languages.

Throughpass (Kenya): Throughpass is a soccer networking platform that empowers aspiring professional footballers to connect with coaches, agents/scouts and fans from around the world.

UbongoKids (Tanzania): Ubongo Kids is a multiplatform, interactive edu-cartoon with SMS interaction broadcasting on TV to kids in Tanzania & online for kids around the world.

4. Utilities Category

Askari (Uganda): ASKARI is a mobile/web/SMS platform that crowd-sources for crime data and provides users with information on security, updates on crime reports, dangerous crime zones and location of police stations.

CladLight (Kenya): CladLight presents a solution to motorcycle accidents using the Smart Jacket – a reflective jacket fitted with bright indicator lights.

Gari Sms (Kenya): GARI SMS links car buyer and seller using SMS. The seller registers the car details (including price) via SMS then puts a ‘GARI SMS sticker’ on the car. When the buyer spots the sticker, he knows the car is on sale. The prospective buyer then queries
the car details by sending the car’s registration number to an SMS shortcode which then sends the details as per the seller’s description.

Maramoja Transport (Kenya): Maramoja is Kenyan social enterprise dedicated to providing easy access to safe, reliable transport services through your mobile device.

Mafundi (Kenya): Mafundi is a web and mobile startup that connects home and office owners with broken items to the best technicians around to repair their items by selecting the best rated in their area then contacting them to fix their items.

Matserve Msafiri (Kenya): Matserve Msafiri is a road safety android app integrated with a web app to solve the challenges faced by stakeholders in the transport industry. The app facilitates reports on road menaces to mitigate against accidents caused by avoidable
human errors & impunity.

Mavazi (Kenya): Mavazi is an application that provides an easy way for users to digitally organize their closet and plan what to wear by cataloging and selecting from their items. They also get to share the styles they’ve put together with their friends and hear from
them.

ParcelSolution (Kenya): is a mobile based parcel notification solution that helps courier companies alert customers about the status of their parcels, when the parcels are on the way and when the parcels are available for collection.

Sendy (Kenya): Sendy is a platform for on-demand errands. With the tap of a button, you instantly connect senders and riders and pay via your mobile phone .

Shulewiki (Tanzania): Is a one stop school directory that helps education scholars to find the best school, view performance trends and get in touch with all schools. ShuleWiki gives you all the information on schools in Tanzania.

5. Society Category

Andrush Systems (Uganda): Findit is a communication tool that lets organizations reach their target community with pertinent, actionable and relevant information. In every case,Findit puts local-language SMS, voice messaging and other telecoms technology in the
hands of project managers and field leaders to efficiently send community members information that interests them.

AgrInfo (Tanzania): AgrInfo is mobile and web portal addressing the challenge of land ownership verification, solves land conflicts between villagers and investors using GIS by mapping the plots and using mobile GPS for surveying locations.

Benchcare (Kenya): Benchcare is a cloud based application modeled towards easing physician’s workflow. The software focuses on efficient administration and operation of small practices predominantly with the aim of maximizing productivity.

Moquestions (Uganda): Moquestion is an online question bank with a purpose of connecting learning institutions with people around the world.

mWakili (Kenya): mWakili is aimed at solving the problems which many Kenyans experience concerning Legal affairs. It helps the user to locate a law firm of his/herchoice and enables him/her to enquire about a particular case directly to the law firm. It also gives the users basic legal steps to follow when carrying out an activity e.g registering a company.

SokoText (Kenya): SokoText uses SMS based pre-ordering service to make it easier for small fruit and vegetable sellers in slums to get their daily stock. SokoText is a social enterprise based in Mathare slum in Nairobi.

Somo (Kenya): SOMO is an SMS service that delivers daily bible readings to members of the Catholic faith upon subscription.

SokoNect (Kenya): SokoNect uses mobile technology and the Kenyan County govt to reduce farmers post harvest losses and maximize profits by eliminating Brokers. SokoNect enables farmers to upload information about availability of their produce for
sale enabling buyers to prepare enough package materials.

TotoHealth (Kenya): TotoHealth enables hospitals and organizations to communicate and provide targeted information on antenatal & postnatal care using low-cost phones.

Zapmedic by Bitways Limited (Uganda): Zapmedia is an online medical appointment scheduling service with a primary goal of improving access to health care by helping patients find healthcare practitioners online in an easy and convenient way.