Jan 28 16
REFUNITE co-Founder Christopher Mikkelsen Gives Keynote Speech on Mobility at Ericsson’s Change Makers Forum
On January 10th, 2016, REFUNITE’s co-founder and co-CEO Christopher Mikkelsen attended and gave a keynote speech at Ericsson’s Change Makers Forum in Dubai. With 690 million mobile subscribers in just the Middle East and North-East Africa, this forum brought together multiple pioneers and change-makers from the mobile and technology industry to discuss the future of this industry. The forum was comprised of a number of keynote speakers as well as a couple of panels, involving CEOs, Chief Experience Officers (CXOs), leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders from companies such as Wikipedia, Facebook and Etisalat.
Jan 21 16
The Voice of a REFUNITE User
REFUNITE Outreach Volunteer, Pascal, writes about his interaction with Esther, a REFUNITE user from Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.
Jan 21 16
Photo Essay: Research and Insight into Preferred Social Media Habits in Kakuma
In this photo essay, Lotta Relander of REFUNITE shares photos from a recent trip to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County, Kenya.
Jan 21 16
Introducing the Newest Additions to the REFUNITE Family: Sacha and Joe
The new year has brought plenty of new talent to REFUNITE. In addition to Kelvin, we also have the pleasure of introducing our new Middle East Project Manager, Sacha, and our new Front End Developer, Joe.
Jan 10 16
TIME Magazine Donates Ad Campaign to REFUNITE
TIME Magazine Donates Ad Campaign to REFUNITE Family separation affects millions. We owe a big thanks to TIME magazine for dedicating an entire page to REFUNITE and our efforts to reconnect separated families together with IKEA Foundation, Ericsson and partners.
Jan 8 16
Welcoming more tech talent: Kelvin joins the REFUNITE team
Meet Kelvin Mungai, who joined REFUNITE this week as a backend developer.
Jan 5 16
REFUNITE Moves into Nairobi Garage: Africa’s Biggest Co-Working Space
REFUNITE Moves into Nairobi Garage Africa’s Biggest Co-Working Space for Entrepreneurs What started as an idea back in 2008, has since turned into a technology-organization with 26 staff members and growing. As much as we want to keep REFUNITE small, efficient and agile, we have had to realize that we can’t continue to fit our hard-working team into a shoebox. Here are a couple of photos from our new innovation hub. Do stop by for coffee and a Kenyan Mandasi-cake. The first couple days it seemed a little empty, but we soon got some more people, furniture and color in the space.
Dec 14 15
Social Innovation Summit: Connecting Social Innovators From Sweden and Beyond
Social Innovation Summit: Connecting Social Innovators From Sweden and Beyond On November 25th, Alexander Bugge, Strategic Project Manager at REFUNITE, attended the Social Innovation Summit in Malmö, Sweden. The conference was attended by entrepreneurs, change agents, innovators, decision-makers, investors and financiers, working together to find new, innovative solutions to some of the biggest social issues in Sweden and beyond. Alexander was part of a panel that focused on the future of financing digital social innovation, and how new, digital approaches can create new opportunities for the social innovation sector. Nesta, a charity that works to increase the innovation capacity in the UK, found that there is a lot of social innovation being funded, but that organizations are disconnected from each other. Peter Baeck of Nesta mentioned the importance of providing an open source for all that is going on in social innovation, and foster communication between social…
Dec 2 15
REFUNITE Attends Betterplace Labtogether Conference in Berlin, Germany
REFUNITE Attends Betterplace Labtogether Conference in Berlin, Germany On November 20th, 2015, REFUNITE’s Africa Director Nishant Shah spoke at the Betterplace Labtogether conference in Berlin, Germany’s leading conference on digital innovation for public good. The conference brings together technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs. This year’s conference covered themes such as “The Future of Work”, “Digital Refugee Support” and “The Internet of Things.”
Nov 20 15
REFUNITE behind-the-scenes: Tech Team Reveals Upgrades
REFUNITE behind-the-scenes: Tech Team Reveals Upgrades The past five months have been a particularly exciting time for the tech team at REFUNITE. Given the increased number of displaced people globally, we saw an urgent need to upgrade our backend platform to better adjust and scale to the numbers of displaced persons we were seeing. Our previous platform was a monolithic api that handled everything on our platform. The touch points (SMS, USSD and WEB) would then make calls to this service to handle registration, notifications and communication between users. The monolithic API proved problematic to maintain, test and re-deploy especially as demands for new features from our users increased. At the same time, as the technical team grew, there was increased pressure on it to break up the monolithic api to smaller, strictly defined services that would do one thing and one thing well. Combined these changes will make…
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