Facebook recognises African developers at F8 conference


A number of developers and entrepreneurs were given recognition at Facebook’s recent F8 developer’s conference in California.

The developers and entrepreneurs got the chance to share the stage with Facebook and their peers from around the world, showcasing products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market.

Every year, F8 hosts more than 4 000 people in person and hundreds of thousands of people watching via Facebook Live. 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.

The following apps’ developers were featured at F8 Meetups:

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Asoriba: A Ghanaian start-up that has built software that enables churches to better manage member engagement, donations, and attendance

Rancard: A mobile solutions company based in Ghana. Its Rendezvous, social recommendation system was featured in two sessions at F8.

Pass.NG: An education startup from Nigeria that helps students practice for their university entrance exams.

Truppr: A social fitness startup from Nigeria.

Afrinolly: An app that allows users to catch up with Nollywood content on their mobile phones. It is one of the first Nigerian companies to incorporate the Facebook Surround 360 camera.

Quiz.ng: An online quiz platform based out of Nigeria

Kudi.ai : Messenger Bot to send money for free to any bank, buy airtime and pay bills

Kangpe: A health service from Nigeria that lets users ask real doctors their health questions

Eneza Education: An educational app from Kenya

Refunite: A service from Kenya that helps refugees to reunite with their families and loved ones.

Two representatives each from the below winners of Internet.org’s Innovation Challenge in Africa awards, were also in attendance:

Economic Empowerment Innovation Challenge Award Winner: Ghana’s Esoko makes it easier for businesses, governments, NGOs and others to connect with farmers through its web and mobile apps.

Economic Empowerment Impact Award Winner: mPedigree Goldkeys from Ghana is an anti-counterfeiting, tracking and tracing solution that uses consumers’ mobile phones as a verification tool.

Economic Empowerment Impact Award Winner: Nigeria’s SaferMom provides pregnant and new mothers with simple tools to help make informed health decisions via sms, voice services and its mobile app.

Education Innovation Challenge Award Winner: Founded in South Africa, Hyperion Development is a social enterprise that has built the first online course platform for computer science education.

Education Impact Award Winner: Launched in Ghana, Mutti by mPharma is a drug affordability service that enables patients to access high quality medicine at lower prices with flexible payment terms through micro-payments.

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Education Impact Award Winner: Nigeria’s Tuteria connects people seeking to learn with people around them who can teach.

“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. 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 importantly, they are a forum for us to get feedback from our ecosystem and to showcase our partners’ work to the world,” said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s head of platform partnerships for the Middle East and Africa.

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