Kenya

Lessons from Kenya about what’s holding back solar technology in Africa

The spread of solar and other modern energy technologies in African countries is considerably low. Despite the global viability and growth in the solar energy market, African countries continue to lag behind. They represent less than 1% of the market demand for solar energy. The region accounts for only 9% of the global installed capacity of photo-voltaics (PV) which convert light into electricity...[Read More]

How Africa can develop a home-grown tech sector

Africa is coming online rapidly. Internet penetration in the continent is growing faster than in any other region in the world, giving millions more people access to better communication, information and business opportunities. Although only around 20% of people in Africa have internet access (compared to a global average of 40%), this has increased from less than 5% ten years ago. What’s missing,...[Read More]

BRCK’s Kio Kit is Stuff’s education gadget of the year for 2015

One of the perks of being behind the curve is that, with the right solutions, you can leapfrog said curve entirely. BRCK’s Kio Kit is precisely that sort of solution. It’s a digital classroom in a hardy, water resistant and lockable travel case. It’s designed in Kenya with Africa’s unique challenges kept in mind from concept to final product, and that’s what makes it ...[Read More]

Google promises investment in Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

Google are going to be doing some extra clean energy investing in Africa, specifically in Kenya, by purchasing a stake in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the largest wind farm in Africa. The search (and everything else) company will be achieving this by purchasing the stake owned by a company called Vestas. Vestas is the outfit supplying wind turbines for the initiative, like the one above. U...[Read More]

Light Start – Kenyan Street View, new Amazon Fire, Ford apps, inside the Mini 4, and Mxit in the mire

Sit right there, we’re going on a tour of Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve If virtual tourism actually ever catches on, we’re pretty sure that large sections of Africa are going to be a lot poorer but at the moment it’s just a really, really cool alternative to the real thing. Google has given the world the chance to explore the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya without lea...[Read More]

Kenya’s showing the rest of Africa how ICT spending boosts GDP

According to a recent white paper from market research body International Data Corporation (IDC), last year ICT spending accounted for 12.1% of Kenyan GDP. That’s up from 8.9% in 2006, thanks in part to the huge growth in mobile phone users and thanks to investment from international development agencies like the World Bank. Increased ICT spending boosts GDP; countless research companies have been...[Read More]

Kenyans get access to PayPal services via FNB and Equity Bank

South Africa’s First National Bank hasn’t been confining its digital innovations to the near vicinity, the banking institution has also been in bringing PayPal to Kenya. FNB hasn’t done this alone however, they are merely the provider for withdrawals. Also involved in giving Kenya its first access to PayPal is the country’s Equity Bank. The new service will see Kenyans bein...[Read More]

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