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Some of these innovations were on display at the second annual DEMO Africa conference, where startups pitched for funding and technical support. Already, startups have raised
CityMark, a web-based application that helps gather real estate sector information, is one of the 40 innovations presented at the event. It was developed in
CityMark targets government, investors and developers, enabling them to find affordable property, especially in areas where traditional market data has been overlooked.
"It gives investors more information to enable them to understand the sector, ask the right questions and make the right decisions," said
Many Kenyans are members of investment or welfare group known as chamas. Chamasoft, presented at DEMO Africa, will help the groups automate their records for efficiency and transparency.
The application helps chamas monitor collection and investment of funds besides tracking group income and expenditure.
"Chamasoft is an online office that chama member can visit virtually and monitor group financial activities," said application developer
Since the sticker can sense human body movement even without touching, the application is ideal in places like hospitals where touching of surfaces is discouraged because of the potential to spread diseases. The technology, known as ViViFi, makes it possible to use any surface as a touchpad as long as the sticker is pasted on it.
"The sticker technology is capable of transforming all non conductive surfaces with limited thickness like wood, glass and fibre into touch sensors or screens," said
The application also secures content against illegal copying, by restricting the use to licensed users only. Content that has not been paid for is not licensed and does not open.
Duma, a social job matching service for emerging markets was another innovation. Co-founder
"When an employer has a job opportunity, he can call Duma, send an SMS, or post online. Duma's software then automatically runs a database search for job seekers who best fit the position based on their skills and work experience, reviews by other employers, geographic proximity, and social network connections. The top matches are notified via SMS about the job opportunity," said Sandor.
To date, the application has matched about 1,600 people to job opportunities in Nakuru, Kisumu, Kisii, Mombasa,
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