NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Two Kenyan Facebook Applications were among the top ten Africa developers to be honored during this year’s F8 Developers Conference held in San Jose, California, USA.
The two include ‘Eneza Education’, an educational app and ‘Refunite’, a service that helps refugees to reunite with their families and loved ones.
Eneza Education offers a virtual tutor and teacher’s assistant, a way for both students and teachers to access valuable courses and assessments while interacting with live instructors, all through low-cost mobile phones.
Students can access locally-aligned tutorials, tips, and assessments, as well as a leaderboard,
Refunite is a technology-based non-profit organization with projects in Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
It has also partnered with Facebook Free Basics which has made access to Refunite platform free in 14 countries.
“We’re partnering with many African developers to launch products that not only meet the needs of their local markets, but which are also ready for the world stage,” Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa, Emeka Afigbo, said.
Other developers celebrated include two from Ghana and five from Nigeria.
F8 hosts more than 4000 people and hundreds of thousands of people watching via Facebook Live for two days of new products, tools, interactive demos and speakers to help developers build, grow and monetise their apps.
This year Facebook brought F8 to developers around the world through F8 Meetups hosted with tech hubs around the world. In Africa, it hosted F8 Meetups in Nairobi, Lagos, and Cape Town, where participants watched live streams of the sessions in San Francisco.
“Events like F8 are a perfect opportunity for us to talk about how we will work with partners to do more with our platforms. As important, they are a forum for us to get feedback from our ecosystem and to showcase our partners’ work to the world,” Afigbo noted.