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Dec 31 2017 - 06:15am
The Rise of High Tech in Africa

Africa has not seen the full potential in the rise of technology yet. This has provided enormous opportunities for innovators longing to diversify the use of technology in Africa. Take the story of Karuiki. He was born in a farming village where electricity was scarce. His superb grades in primary school qualified him to attend a prestigious high school. A teacher gave him the key to the computer lab where he learned to code regularly. Karuiki eventually moved to Kigali, Rwanda. He landed a job designing an automated ticketing system for the city's bus system. However, Kigali's transit was unreliable and often overcrowded. Due to the inefficiency of the transit system, Karuiki and his colleague thought about how to they could provide the city with an Uber-like motorcycle that was efficient, affordable, and safe. After Karuiki created a promotional video describing the concept, an American venture capitalist expressed interest and the rest, as they say, is history. Today the startup is the first and largest motorcycle ride-sharing company in Africa. Additionally, gross revenue for 2017 is projected to be over a million dollars. The emergence of the high-speed internet has inspired innovators such as Karuiki to develop ideas that can improve many lives. With the continent poised to be the fastest growing continent in the world, there is no better time than now for its budding innovators. 

|By: Alseny Barry|473 Reads