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Kenyan Software Developer Wins Big Prize At Nokia Summit

by Wright Bryan
Sep 15, 2010

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I was watching Twitter today and saw something from @WhiteAfrican that piqued my interest: a software company in Nairobi had just won $1 million in a contest run by Nokia.

The money will support the development of Virtual City Ltd's "Mobile Distributor Solution." The software is meant to put modern supply chain tools into the hands of small and micro businesses in developing countries like Kenya.

Virtual City's John Waibochi gave a short explanation of the product to Erik Hersman (AKA @WhiteAfrican) after it was announced that his company had won the Growth Economy Venture Challenge:

This is not charity. This is one business supporting another business out of self-interest. This is Africa making technology a part of its own future. This is interesting.

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