Ixda 17 Day 2 Keynote: A Journey in Social Entrepreneurship – Pitstops & Lessons Juliana Rotich

Juliana Rotich, Executive Director, BRCK.org from Kenya @afromusing

  • For many years cut off from the world got fiber optic connectivity 2010.
  • You would load up a page on phone go do something.
  • 2008: Ushahidi (meaning witness) born out of a new trajectory and democracy I was living in Chicago and then returned to Kenya.
  • 29 dec 2007. Saw smoke in horizon from uncle’s house violence 1200 people lost their lives tough moment for all of us.
  • Part of ted fellowship turned to each other what can we do about information flow? There was a ban on news they were showing the sound of music on TV.
  • Connectivity was not good it had to be sms. Diverse team who continue with spirit of collaboration and making things for world.
  • Used for Crisis response and human rights.
  • Put strings on google doc can you translate to japan? Less than 24 hours translated.
  • The big lesson is paths for people to gelp you and design for internationalization and localization.
    People can extend it however they like.
  • Platform in 49 languages translated 159 countries w deployments propogate ideas around the world.
  • Open source can be used for government, health, and art.
  • Documenthate.org you can see how platform is helping America right now.
  • Think about global impact and inclusivity.
  • Common purpose and shared culture to combat apathy. Seek out different people for their context.
  • The fact that we live in kenya is a gift take those constraints on the edge make it work for you if it works in Africa it will work anywhere.
  • I was a geek in high school not doing the girly things went back to the library to read.
  • 150 startups came out of in ihub.
  • Made Brick redesigned router for connectivity now gear box used to sneak in components on flight problems at customs now sold in more than 40 countries has 8 hours of battery life.
  • Only 30% of Africa is connected today. By 2015 8 Million school aged children in Africa and challenges getting online Many young people more than 60% women with literacy challenges.
  • Brought brick to rural school in kenya and kiokit with wireless charging tablets.
  • There are many marginalized communities that need us just the way that doors were opened to us.
  • Strip away tech jargon and go back to values connection opportunity and possibility

Jen Maroney