Stories: Technology

  • Women are taking charge in Senegal’s growing tech industry

    On a balmy evening in Dakar, seven young women were gathered in the basement of a local university, not far from the city’s Monument of African Renaissance statue. Lit by the white glow of a projector screen, they tapped eagerly at laptops as the speakers covered everything from how to market your business on Instagram, to designing a...

  • The women and girls in Senegal pushing through the tech industry’s gender barriers

    The first time Binta Coudy Dé left Senegal was in 2011, when the then 22-year-old computer engineer was invited to participate in a tech competition organised by Microsoft in New York. Amongst the groups from all around the world participating in the competition, Dé’s group from Senegal was the only all-female team. “We knew that...

  • The Birth Whisperers of Timor-Leste

    Rosa Bana rolls the cuffs of her jeans up to her knees. She grabs a couple of water bottles and drapes a jacket over her head to shield herself from the piercing sun. It’s five hours up the mountain by foot (or three hours by car, if there is a car, but that’s rarely the case)....

  • Ecuador’s Silicon Valley? Quito Bets Big to Be South America’s Next High-Tech Powerhouse

    Fernando Albericio wanted to make history. Lured by the opportunity to help jumpstart a tech revolution in a new country, Albericio, a veteran professor of organic chemistry with a passion for developing science and higher education centers across Latin America, packed up his home in Spain, put his family on a plane and moved into a new house...

  • How Christians in Kenya Are Trying to Hack Government Corruption

    In a small side hall inside a ministry building, a group of young developers and artists huddled over their laptops. Half-filled Fanta and Coke bottles sat forgotten in the center of the table as the group worked in studied concentration while gospel music played in the background. With crumpled candy wrappers lying nearby, the scene was reminiscent of a college...

  • Radio y móvil, armas campesinas

    Hace siete años en su casa de Nambala, un pueblo chiquito al norte de Tanzania, Mariam Ally, 50 años, rostro redondo y lozano, labios como gajos de naranja, pensó que se moría. Su marido acababa de fallecer de sida y ella enfermó del estómago durante cinco meses, medio má...

  • In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

    How do you share ideas – including potentially transformative ones – with people who do not have Internet access, are largely illiterate, and live far from paved roads? Even in today’s hyper-connected world, most farmers in Tanzania – who make up 75 percent of the country’s population of  48 million –...

  • Hearing (New) Voices

    Sue Schardt wants to mess with your mind. Specifically, she wants to mess with how you think about public media. A public radio veteran, Schardt is the executive director of the Association of Independents in Radio, a network of nearly 1,000 indie producers (disclosure: including me) whose voices keep you company on your commute. Schardt is also the mastermind of...

  • e-Health App Aims to End Poverty

    Watch this video to learn more about the Millennium Villages Project and how health workers in rural Kenya are using mobile technology to more effectively treat patients. Child Count is a SMS-based system used for a variety of purposes, including addressing acute malnutrition and children with diarrhea as well as testing and treatment for malaria using Rapid...

  • New Mobile App Streamlines Health Care Systems in Kenya

    Do you know which countries have the highest cell phone usage? The list might not surprise you with China, India and the U.S. taking the top three spots. However, developing countries such as Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya all report between 50-75 percent of their overall population has access to a mobile phone. Smartphone ownership is skyrocketing in...