Several startups from East Africa are lined up for glory at the annual AppsAfrica Awards which recognizes how African companies are taking up new technologies especially blockchain to achieve their set goals.
The awards supported by Uber, JET8¸ Syntonic and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking with over 300 industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 12th on the eve of AfricaCom.
Category winners are also invited to Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 to join 400+ tech leaders from across the continent.
East Africa is represented in the final list. Ripple Nami, a provider of blockchain data visualization technology, We Farm, world's largest farmer-to-farmer digital network, Kenya's digitiz
ed curriculum content distributor Kytabu and Ethiopia's BeBlocky, a gamified app that sets out to teach children the basics of computer science in fun and interactive way.
"RippleNami's blockchain data visualization platform empowers individuals and organizations to generate, collect, analyze and transact data to ultimately establish 'smart economies.' This award comes on the heels of RippleNami launching Kenya's first real-time livestock traceability programme enabling trade and food safety that leverages the mass adoption of mobile phones" says Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, "and we are fueling the change in Africa at a rapid pace."
Joyce Jerotich Yegon, East African Development Director, explains "we continue to aggressively deploy RippleNami's proprietary livestock technology solution into developing countries and are changing the global landscape in unprecedented fashion."
RippleNami is changing Africa's livestock producers lives by capturing essential data on husbandry including feeding, vaccinations and treatment. These empowered producers are now accessing improved markets, insurance services and credit facilities by leveraging their livestock enterprises as the collateral, while controlling livestock movement and husbandry management.
With RippleNami's end-to-end solution, banks for the first time are now positioned to offer cattle owners micro-lending privileges and sustained financial support. This is a smart economy that's changing Africa in real-time."
The Annual Innovations Awards receives submissions from 39 countries showcasing solutions launched across all 54 African markets by start-ups, established ventures, and corporations. Unsurprisingly, a majority of entries come from Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya, and others from smaller markets including Malawi, Sao Tome & Principe, Mauritania, and Liberia.
"The AppsAfrica Awards established in 2014, celebrates the crème of the crop in mobile and technology across the continent as many of these ventures lack the visibility and recognition their technologies deserve. This year produced a vast array of highly competitive entries from stunning new technologies utilizing AI, bots, and drones to mobile, health and education initiatives scaling across Africa," shared Andrew Fassnidge founder of AppsAfrica.com.