Ushahidi Co-founder and entrepreneur Juliana Rotich has won this year’s German Africa Prize for contributions towards tech innovation and solving community problems.
A jury of 16 panellists selected Juliana out of a pool of 18 nominees. The award recognizes her business achievements and technological innovations, as well as her sense of social responsibility.
In the award ceremony, German Chancellor Angela Merkel recognized Juliana’s efforts, whose success inspires women and infects change.
“Your success also encourages many other women,” Merkel said in her speech. “We need people like you who dare to innovate and thereby infect others.”
Apart from her engagement in Ushahidi, Juliana Rotich also advocates for internet access as an executive director at BRCK.
The German Africa Prize is an initiative by the German Africa Foundation, which recognizes outstanding efforts towards democracy, human rights, among other social concerns. Previous winners of the award include former Botswana President Ketumile Masira and Somalia’s ANti FGM campaigner Waris Dirie.