A hackathon with iRise in Mogadishu

Together with a colleague at the World Bank, I ran a small project aimed at supporting the Mogadishu tech community. We proposed this project to the Youth Innovation Fund and were supported with a small grant to carry out the project. We worked with Awil Osman at iRise Hub to put together #MogadishuWatt, focused on using technology to solve energy issues in Somalia.

The winner of the #MogadishuWatt open innovation challenge is BulshoBille, a startup that provides access to solar equipment to IDPs & poor families. The pay-as-you-go model provides a better & affordable approach.#SDG7 #EndEnergyPoverty #SomaliaRising pic.twitter.com/5eiecXncfr

— iRise Hub (@iRiseHub) June 28, 2018

We wrote another blog post with information on some of the interesting tech projects happening in Mogadishu: blogs.worldbank.org/ic4d/node/762.