At least, Six tech firm from Africa have been announced alongside Apple Inc., Netflix and SpaceX in 2018 TIME’s 50 Genius Companies list. The list is a compilation of the businesses the magazine’s global network of editors and correspondents believe are inventing the future.
Two Kenyan Startups made the list– BRCK, which has designed a weatherproof, shockproof and battery-powered modem that can provide internet at 3G speeds to up to 100 devices at a time; and Ona, which uses satellite imagery and information from NGOs to create a simple digital mapping system.
From Nigeria is Babymigo, an online community that connects mothers-to-be with information, medical experts, services and other parents and Ghana’s Bitland, which uses blockchain technology to create tamper-proof digital public records to help people prove their land belongs to them.
South Africa has nutrient recycling start-up AgriProtein and Wonderbag, which has developed a heavily insulated container that functions as a non-electric, go-anywhere slow cooker.
Companies were assessed evaluated based on originality, influence, success and ambition before the list – which includes Apple Inc., Amazon, Netflix, Nike, Dominos, SpaceX, Slack and Pinterest.
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