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Africa & Beyond


MAKE - FIX - HELP OTHERS

ABOUT


Juliana Rotich is a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. She is Executive Director of BRCK.org, a not for profit affiliate of BRCK Inc. for deploying reliable technology for the edges of society, and advocating for internet access and literacy. She drives partnerships for tackling social problems through connectivity and appropriate technology.  She is a Venture Partner in Africa Technology Ventures (ATV) which is raising a $50m fund to invest in and support the growth of tech enabled start-ups in key sectors in East and West Africa.

Juliana serves as an advisor to the councils of BASF, Microsoft 4Afrika, Risk Cooperative, Waabeh Ltd. and the Lemelson Foundation. She is also a trustee of the iHub in Kenya and Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain.

Juliana co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. She was Executive Director from Jan 2011 to  September 2015, strategically spearheading Ushahidi to be translated into over 30 languages, over 90,000 deployments and a 20 million populations reach. She was instrumental in raising both expanding business development revenue and philanthropic capital into Ushahidi and its related initiatives and offshoots like iHub. Before Ushahidi, she worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry with over 10 years of experience.

She is on the founding team of BRCK Inc, a hardware company that had developed the BRCK - designed and engineered as a rugged, self-powered, mobile Wi-Fi device which connects people and things to the internet in areas of the world with poor infrastructure. The company also makes other rugged solutions for emerging markets.

Her mission is to make things, fix problems and help others. Wherever technology can help to do these three things, she enjoys figuring out that intersection and adding constructive value. She is fascinated by technology ecosystems globally and works to support entrepreneurs to scale their work and impact.

TALKS


MEET BRCK

Internet access built for Africa - TED (2013)

On mobile and Strategy

The Greater Global Lesson Is Local “Context Intelligence” - WSJ ALL THINGS DIGITAL (2013)

On Open Source and Innovation

What happens when barriers to innovation become drastically lower? - LIFT (2011)

WORK


BOARD MEMBER

Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board

Board Member The Kenya Vision 2030 is the national long-term development policy that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment. The Vision comprises of three key pillars: Economic; Social; and Political.

Gearbox

Board Member Gearbox is an organization that creates a supportive ecosystem for hardware entrepreneurs, granting SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs. It provides access to tools that would typically be beyond their reach, thereby creating a pipeline of inventors and invention-based businesses by removing the key constraints to developing innovative hardware products in Kenya.

Bankinter

Board Member The Mission of the Bankinter Innovation Foundation is to create sustainable wealth through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Since our founding in 2003, we have had form her vocation to be a groundbreaking model of contribution to society, dedicating our efforts to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, as engines of creation of sustainable wealth, among all the agents active of our society, from entrepreneurs and senior managers, entrepreneurs to those that will be in the future, students. fundacionbankinter.org/en/foundation

iHub

Trustee Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. ihub.co.ke

Ushahidi

Executive Director Ushahidi Inc. is non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. ushahidi.com

ADVISORY BOARDS

Lemelson Foundation

Advisor The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries.

BASF

ADVISOR Juliana advises BASF’s Board of Executive Directors on how to weave sustainability even more tightly into operations amongst other matters. The Stakeholder Advisory Council consists of various international experts from science and society. basf.com/us/en/company/sustainability/responsible-partnering/stakeholder-advisory-council.html

BRCK

Director The BRCK is a rugged, cloud managed, full-featured router with built in failover and programmable GPIO expansion. BRCK can connect to the internet through RJ47, GSM, Wifi Bridge, as well as Ethernet Over USB via the GPIO Breakout. It’s rugged build and cloud managed interface make it ideal for “away teams”, monitoring systems in remote locations, and businesses with challenging infrastructure. brck.com

Microsoft 4Africa

Advisor 4Afrika Advisory Council comprised of high ranking individuals within the African continent.

As part of the 4Afrika Initiative, our Council members have been specially chosen for their vision and strategic insights. Each is dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation, for the benefit of Africa.

The Council is chaired by former Tanzanian President, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, and the Vice Chair is Mteto Nyati – Microsoft South Africa Managing Director. microsoft.com/africa/4afrika/advisory-council.aspx

Waabeh

Advisor Waabeh is an African Audio Market Place.

Waabeh is solving the problem of search, discovery and distribution of Audio content [ Music, Podcasts, Education, Audio books,] essentially anything you want to hear.

The focus on Africa is based on love for collecting African stories, a vast experience in the market both in music - tech industry, and most importantly a realization in the opportunity that lies by serving up the huge unmet global demand for African audio content. waabeh.com

AWARDS

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2016

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2016 The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next generation leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit a portion of their time to jointly shape a better future and thereby improve the state of the world.

Monte Carlo Woman of The Year 2016

Monte Carlo Woman of The Year Award 2016 Under The Honorary Presidency of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco and Under the High PATRONAGE of HSH PRINCE ALBERT II, Juliana Rotich was honored for her work in Technology.

DLD

DLD Women Impact Award 2013 "We are proud to present this award to strong women who, using digital technologies, improve, enrich and even save people's lives by showing braveness and commitment," DLDwomen founder Steffi Czerny comments on the award, which was presented by Gabriele Zedlmayer, Vice President Global Social Innovation at Hewlett-Packard.

Zedlmayer: "Juliana Rotich is an exceptional individual - technologist, creator, innovator and an optimist who actually turns her visions into reality." dld-conference.com/blog_posts/dldwomen-impact-award-2013

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 - Schwab Foundation World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 - Schwab Foundation World Economic Forum The next chapter for Africa requires us to look both at the tremendous opportunities for economic growth, and the challenges the continent faces in being able to tap into this growth.

Social entrepreneurs, and their innovations promoting inclusive economic growth, are critical to improving the state of the world, and therefore the work we do at the World Economic Forum. - Hilde Schwab schwabfound.org/content/juliana-rotich

FELLOWSHIPS

Desmond Tutu

Associate Fellow alinstitute.org/news/default.aspx

MIT Media Lab

Director's Fellow The fellows initiative is one way to open up the Lab up to the world, which will benefit both the fellows and the Lab community tremendously.

What all the fellows have in common is that they’re leaders in their fields, and that they embody the Lab's uniqueness, impact, and magic. -Joi Ito MIT Media Lab Director media.mit.edu/people/directors-fellows

TED

Speaker · Senior Fellow · Co-curator and Co-host TEDxNairobi A proud TEDster and co-curator of TEDxNairobi, Juliana is passionate about inspiring others, sharing the changing African narrative and exploring how ideas and action can positively change our world. ted.com/profiles/9417/fellow

APPEARANCES & CONFERENCES

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

What Design Can Do, Amsterdam  – June 30th - July 1st 2016

24 Hrs Conference, Munich  – June 26 - 28th 2016

Google Zeitgeist,  London – May 22 - 24th 2016

Smart City Expo, Barcelona – November 19th 2015

MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow's, Boston  –  July 13th - 17th 2015

Global Digital Leaders, Berlin – June 15th 2015

Net Explorateur Forum with UNESCO, Paris – March 26th - 28th 2014

London School of Economics Africa Summit, London – April 5th 2014

Bloomberg New Energy Finance, New York – April 7th - 9th 2014

World Economic Forum on Africa, Abuja – May 6th - 9th 2014


PAST APPEARANCES

Google Zeitgeist

Global Female Leaders

Femme de L'annee 2016

Monte - Carlo – 2016

All Things Digital WSJ D: Mobile

April 14th 2013

Clinton Global Initiative - Panel on Tech and Innovation Trends

September 23rd 2013

DLD Women

Munich – July 15th 2013

Stockholm Internet Forum

Stockholm – May 8th 2013

TEDGlobal 2013

Edinburgh – June 12th 2013

Wired for Change

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