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Kioko's NduruApp wins at ITU

10 October 2013, 17:00

Nairobi - Local mobile application developer, Thomas Kioko, has been named one of the winners of the prestigious International Telecommunications Union Young Innovators’ Competition.

Kioko’s NduruApp, a one-stop mobile application to manage all aspects of road safety enabling road users to report traffic offences anonymously, was one of ten entries to win.

The winners were selected from over 600 entries from 88 countries worldwide. The submissions were selected as having the greatest possible social impact and potential for business success.

Open to social entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 26 from around the world, the competition seeks innovative digital solutions in the form of start-ups or initial concepts meeting global developmental challenges.

The winners will be heading to ITU Telecom World 2013, the leading networking, solutions showcasing and knowledge-sharing event for the global ICT community in Bangkok, Thailand from November 19-22.

 The winners will also be competing for up to US$5 000 prize money for great concepts, and up to $10 000 for innovative start-ups.

“These are bright young minds with creative technological solutions to developmental challenges both in their communities and in the wider world,” said ITU Secretary General, Hamadoun Toure, stated.

‘Nduru’ is a Swahili word for ‘scream’. Nduru Mobile Application users people to reduce their chances of disaster on the country’s notorious roads by reporting accidents or any other volatile situations, such as reckless drivers and dangerous vehicles. It creates a platform where users can flag situations that are likely to cause road accidents to prevent them before they happen.

Kioko says he chose the name because he thought it was time people “shouted” out against road carnage. It is reported 3 000 people are killed in road accidents in Kenya per year.

– CAJ News


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