Juliana Rotich, a Kenyan Information Technology expert, has been recognized for her outstanding social entrepreneurial commitment by the German Foundation.
Noted as being among the pioneers of digital revolution in Africa, the 42-year-old tech expert had the honor of being presented the award by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a ceremony in Berlin, Germany.
The event registered more than 300 guests from all walks of life including business, politics and the social circle.
The organizers of the event noted that Rotich’s technological innovations have played an instrumental role in the development of the African continent.
“The global demand for her innovations impressively proves that digital products ‘made in Africa’ can conquer the world market,” said the statement.
While receiving the award, the IT expert was quick to note that humans should also be credited for using technology to find creative solutions for current issues humanity face.
“Technology is a great enabler, but the magic is in the humans, who use it to find creative solutions for current issues,” Rotich said.
Rotich is also the co-founder of Ushahidi, an open source platform that allows users to upload events for easy location on a geographical map.
“These real-time maps are now used in more than 160 countries, for example, in times of crisis and natural disaster or for election monitoring,” the statement added.
The software was developed following the bloodied 2007 General Election in Kenya and can be used to monitor elections.
In times of crisis, the software can also collect invaluable information from victims on the ground via SMS, email web and Twitter.
In a related story, a Kenyan high school teacher bagged top African Union award in a ceremony that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.