Africa
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African Influencers For Development 

Kenneth Mwandingi

Contact Tracing App

(Namibia)

Brain-child of Kenneth Mwandingi, Ergo Analytics offers a tech solution, which improves contact tracing, to reduce the risk of new cases of COVID-19 infections, to help avoid the country going into economy-damaging lockdowns.

HOW DID YOU START YOUR JOURNEY?
I started Ergo Analytics back in 2017 as a part-time project after I finished a Masters in economic analysis. My goal with this was mostly to keep busy and ensure I always kept up with advances in the space of data science research and development.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR PRODUCT?
The fast pace at which the pandemic came, was an easy inspiration for me to do something. My partners and I, just knew we needed to do something to help, using our skills. It is important to help our country’s economy to keep going safely during the pandemic.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF PRODUCING OR DEPLOYING YOUR PRODUCT?
Due to the obvious privacy concerns, the implementation of our product was something that could only be done with government involvement, and going in, we knew that this would be a limitation. As a result, things have been a bit slower than we would have hoped.

WHAT HELP WOULD YOU NEED TO SCALE UP AND IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCT?
At this stage, it’s a matter of getting total buy-in from the government since the product is ready. The nature of the project means it’s not really something we can use beyond COVID-19 but we have been experimenting with adding other capabilities, such as safely tracking truck drivers’ behaviors because they are one of the groups most at risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BACKGROUND.
I am a graduate of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics with a Masters in Specialised Economic Analysis. I run Ergo Analytics part-time while having a full-time job at Debmarine Namibia. This has allowed me to amass greatly varied experiences in survey, data analysis, application design, and managing projects.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE OF YOUR INNOVATION AND YOUR BUSINESS?
I am immensely driven by the desire to innovate. Even beyond COVID-19. While keeping in mind how challenging it is to get new ideas rolling in our region, my partners and I, have high hopes to drive innovation in data science applications and automation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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