By Robyn Dixon (La Times) Along Nairobi’s dusty Ngong Road, so many start-up incubators and IT labs have popped up that the busy neighborhood has been nicknamed “Silicon Savannah.”
Techies, geeks and innovators race one another to come up with the next big thing. The result is a surge in innovative Kenyan apps, most designed to work with the not-so-smart phones most Kenyans can afford.
There’s iCow, a virtual veterinary advice service that coaches small farmers on how to tend their dairy herds. And mFarm, which helps small farmers determine the right price for their produce, find buyers and sell it. And Huduma, which allows people to report and map government service failures.
Why is this happening in Kenya? People here have two words: Bitange Ndemo, the 52-year-old head of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology at the heart of Kenya’s startling IT revolution.