Kenyan Firms Wins with Health Application

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MedKenya, a product by Shimba Technologies Limited emerged the winner of the inaugural Pivot25 competition, beating 25 competitors in the mobile application and services in a show of relevance, sustainability and innovation.

Shimba Technologies Limited will be going to Silicon Valley in the US to present the application, MedKenya, at the Demo conference.

The story of MedKenya began late last year in August, with brainstorming over new content ideas for a widget platform Tuvitu -  in the tech labs at Shimba.

Health emerged as one of the areas that has scanty local content but that has the possibility to ramp up engagement on the future content platform across the varied user base that it was targeting.

Mutinda and his team went to work on the backend, with the original intention of offering health as a widget on the on Tuvitu platform.

Shimba's two products and innovation, Tuvitu app and MedKenya, were both shortlisted for Pivot25.

MedKenya by Shimba Technologies emerged as the overall winner of the inaugural Pivot25 held in Nairobi last week.

Pivot25: Mobile Apps & Developers Conference is a first of it's kind conference intended to showcase and bring focus to the mobile developer and entrepreneur community in East Africa.

More than 100 tech startups applied to compete at PIVOT25 in front of the 300 expected guests, including venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate executives, and members of the local government.

Of the more than 100 startups that applied, 25 finalists were selected to pitch against each other at Pivot25.

Five finalists were selected from each of the following apps: entertainment, gaming, and utilities, mobile payments and mobile commerce, business and enterprise, government, agriculture, and education.