Africa: 2016 Highlights

Africa has a thriving young ecosystem and we’ve covered stories about business entrepreneurs from all over the continent this year. Smart technologies and IoT proved trends, along with emerging technologies aimed at solving problems, such as the lack of clean water and difficulties in accessing food, education and medicine. Here are some of the highlights.


Smart technology and IoT:

Can South Africa deliver on its smart city dreams?

IoT in Africa: Still a long way to go

Africa needs better application of ‘Smart City’ tech

Emerging technologies:

Four unique water technologies transforming Africa

Digital tools give African culture a new voice

The ‘church app scene’ taking hold across Africa

Can AI bring fintech to Africa and help bank the ‘unbanked’?

Kenya: Integrating e-books in education

Africa: Food & medicine for the needy via a mobile click


Interesting startups:

10 of Africa’s brightest startups changing lives

What African startups can learn from Southeast Asia

Crowdfunding: Africa’s funding platform landscape

Suregifts: A startup spreading its wings across Africa

#Mamapreneurs: Social childcare for Nairobi slum kids

FlashCast: Ads and public SMS engagement on Kenyan matatus

Satellite weather indexing provides insurance for rural African farmers

Country specific stories (in alphabetical order):


Cameroon: Dangerous taxis drive the rise of local apps

The rise of the Google developer community in Cameroon



African bootcamps look to develop next generation coders

Kenyan roads desperately need actionable data

Africa: The rise of financial loans via mobile phone

Educating Kenyan children who have never used computers


“Habaka”: A Madagascan youth coding and tech hub


Nigeria’s digital economy can nurture Africa’s tech industry


Inkomoko: Rwandan tech incubation in Kigali

Rwanda: A safety algorithm for lethal motorcycle taxis


Africa House: Spark Online’s business incubation in Somalia


Tanzanian ‘edupreneur’ ShuleDirect aims to help local school kids learn


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