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Eight African startups and organisations have been named among the 2015 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100), a global celebration of the most inspiring uses of digital technology for social good.

Included among the African startups selected are Rwanda’s motorcycle taxi-hailing appSafeMotos, Kenyan pay-as-you-go solar provider M-KOPA Solar, Kenyan maternal health startupTotohealth and Cameroonian mobile health platform GiftedMom.

The other African organisations selected were Botswana Innovation Hub, women in tech support organisation AkiraChix, Cameroonian medical tablet CardioPad, and Ghanaian agricultural communication tool Esoko.

Tackling social ills

Complied each year, the 2015 NT100 was put together from a combination of over 500 public nominations and in-house research, which produced a shortlist of 150 projects. This shortlist was then presented to judging partners of ten tech and charity organisations, including the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Creative England, Facebook, Latimer Group, Nominet and O2 Telefonica, who decided on the top 100.

Projects featured in the NT100 use technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social problems, including support for refugees in Europe, healthcare, social inclusion and emergency response to natural disasters.

“It is fantastic to see that the incredible danger of traffic accidents across Africa is becoming more and more recognised. We are deeply honoured to see our hard work and passion appreciated and look forward to leveraging the Nominet 100 Trust recognition to keep raising awareness of what is, after HIV/AIDS, the greatest killer on the continent of Africa,” said SafeMotos co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) Peter Kariuki.

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by Tom Jackson

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