Kenya's Death Market

The Daily Nation publishes 30 deaths (on average) everyday. In publicly announcing the demise of the dearly departed ones, the bereaved intentions are untold. They may simply be informing relations and acquaintances on the passing of a mate, or myriad of other reasons such as fundraising for medical and funeral costs. Whatever the objectives, these ...

AirBnB: Nairobi vs Kampala

There is an oddity to the tale of Nairobi’s real estate sector. Despite being the largest city in East Africa and a tourist hub, Nairobi trails Kampala in AirBnB occupancy rate. Statistics obtained from AirDNA, an AirBnB data aggregator, shows Nairobi’s occupancy rate is at 38 percent while Kampala’s is at 43 percent. Nairobi has ...

Nudging Kenyans to Geotag Tweets

In Twitter’s opt-in geolocation feature, most Kenyans and by extension the world prefers to geotag only 1% of their tweets. This is a great problem for Twitter applications that hope to ride on its location data. While volunteering for #whatisaroad — a project on mapping potholes in Nairobi via Twitter, a problem arose. The Twitters users who ...

The Kenyan Hansard Analytics

The political dust has settled in Kenya, the legislative wing of the government is now on full throttle with the re-introduction of the ICT Practitioners Bill and the Presidential ascent of the new Marriage bill permitting polygamy. These debates have intrigued Bobbie Macdonald – a comparative politics PhD student from Stanford currently residing in Kenya. ...

Kenya Supermarket Report

What would you learn if you collected discarded supermarket receipts from Nairobi shoppers? That’s what Emmanuel Kens, Anthony Otieno, and I decided to find out. We got a bunch of street kids and paid them to collect the receipts on our behalf. A few months later we had 1,465 receipts enough for a sample size ...

Hierarchy of All IEBC Forms

The Election Act 24 of 2011 describes a total of 81 forms for conducting elections in the Republic of Kenya. Infamous among these forms are; Form 34A, 34B, 34C used to transmit Presidential election results. Recent public debates has brought to fore Form 24A  legal use by a candidate in withdrawing from a Presidential election. This ...

The Hub in the Wild

Sandwiched between Tsavo East and Tsavo West national park is a new technology hub that is raising the technology profile of Voi town. SoteHub , founded in 2010 from the Sote ICT project has been offering business training to students and startups in Taita Taveta county.  A few weeks ago, Frank Tamre, Collins Oduor, and I were ...

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