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Educational Technology

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Module Overview

Home to thousands of entrepreneurs, startup companies, hardware and software innovators, Kenya has made a name for itself as Africa’s ‘Silicon Valley’ on the world stage.  In January 2017, the World Economic Forum named Nairobi the 10th most dynamic and innovative city in the world.  In September 2016, Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg visited Nairobi. Stopping at iHub technology centre and BRCK, he praised Kenya as the world leader in mobile money and the future of the world economy.  The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit was held in Nairobi, Kenya. In his speech there, the former president of the USA Barack Obama praised technology entrepreneurs saying, “I wanted to be here because Africa is on the move… Africa is one of the fastest growing regions of the world. People are being lifted out of poverty. Incomes are up. The middle class is growing. And young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business.”  This is an opportunity to learn and work alongside these highly recognised technology entrepreneurs to introduce world-leading education technology to schools in Kenya’s rural areas that are otherwise disconnected from the benefits of digital learning.

Location

This module is based in two locations. First, students will be in Nairobi, Africa’s fourth largest city and economic hub of East Africa. Nairobi is a vibrant and exciting place with fascinating attractions: its café culture, unbridled nightlife, young business atmosphere and notably, just 20 minutes from the city centre – wild lion and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Second, students will travel to Magadi. Magadi provides a serene spot for camping at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley at about 2 000 ft above sea level with lots of surrounding scenery. To the west, is  the edge of the Rift Valley wall that towers 5 000 ft above, before leading to the famous Maasai Mara. To the east, is Lake Magadi, well-known for its soda ash and flamingoes. To the north, one can follow the Great Rift Valley for thousands of kilometers, right up to the Red Sea. To the south, are Tanzania and the pink Lake Natron, also well known for its flamingoes. Past that is the famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Educational Outcomes

Practical: Lectures and training at iHub technical institute with BRCK programmers; field-based implementation of the Kio Kit and analysis in a rural school alongside BRCK Education professionals.

Theory: Technology innovation; programming; engineering; modern technology and rural education in Kenya; and efficiency of technology in a developing economy.

Module Length

The minimum duration for this module is 9 days.  The maximum length is 21 days (longer modules may incorporate additional study locations).

Contributors

Erik Hersman

Hersman, a TED Senior Fellow and PopTech Faculty Fellow, grew up in Kenya and Sudan. He keeps two influential blogs: WhiteAfrican, where he writes about technology on the African continent and AfriGadget, a group blog that celebrates African ingenuity. He is also one of the founding organizers of Maker Faire Africa, an annual event to showcase the inventors around Africa.

Hersman facilitates a host of web, mobile and community projects through organisations like the iHub, a Nairobi innovation hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community and built around the vision of an epicentre for Kenya’s booming tech industry. The mobile app Ushahidi, which he co-founded, allows users to share breaking news through text messaging, and continues to revolutionize and empower journalists, watchdog groups and everyday people around the world. He is also the founder of the BRCK, a backup generator for the internet, and is a general partner in the Savannah Fund. Eric graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Business Management. He is happily married with three little girls.

Kelvin Massingham

Kelvin Massingham is an entreprenuer base in Kenya, passionate about creating sustainable business models and partnerships that drive financial and health inclusion. In 2015, he founded Hello Doctor in Kenya and launched Sema Doc, the first commercial m-health offering in Africa licensed to provide telemedicine.

Kelvin is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and has previously worked in various financial services roles throughout Africa, including establishing a life insurance company in Tanzania. He is extremely knowledgeable about mobile money and the role of technology in pioneering new, socially responsible businesses in Africa.

Audrey Cheng

Audrey is the co-founder and CEO of Moringa School, where she's accelerating high potential individuals across Africa to become world-class software engineers. She graduated from Northwestern University with a journalism and global health degree. She found a love of programming as a scalable and effective way to change the world for the better.

She’s driven to level the playing ground for Africans through technology, to unleash the human potential and to bridge the gap between the Western world and emerging markets by creating more access to high-quality technical education, which she believes will transform the continent as a whole. Moringa School graduates, on average, experience a 350% salary increase after the program. In the next 10 years, Moringa School plans to scale across Africa and continue to deliver world class-education to high-potential students. Currently, Moringa School consists of Junior Moringa School for beginners, Moringa School – our fulltime, immersive program and Moringa DevShop – where graduates take on client work from U.S. and European companies.

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