Blockchain Kenya roadmap team to be led by Dr Bitange Ndemo. The Kenyan Government has created a taskforce to be chaired by Dr. Bitange Ndemo that will explore the use of distributed ledger technology and artificial intelligence for development in Kenya.
Distributed ledger is a database that is shared among many computers at the same time making it nearly impossible to erase stored records. Blockchain is a good example of distributed ledger technology, well-known as the technology that supports Bitcoin, a virtual currency.
Blockchain technology is also being used all over the world for supply chain management, storing government data and even developing secure voting systems.
The ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said that the government believes that distributed ledger technology has clear applications in the education and lands sectors in Kenya.
An 11-member team, which has a term of three months, has been established Mr. Mucheru and will be expected to come up with a Blockchain Kenya roadmap for the use of these technologies in Kenya.
The taskforce will also consider spread out incubation hubs beyond Nairobi and explore the “possibility of an innovation SACCO and/or fund within the next 12 months,” according to Mr Mucheru.
Other members of the Blockchain Kenya taskforce include Safaricom head of corporate affairs Steve Chege and Juliana Rotich, a tech entrepreneur who is currently consulting for Novato Africa however is best known as one of the co-founders of BRCK and Ushahidi.
John Gitau, Mahmoud Mohammed Noor, Dr Charity Wayua, Elizabeth Ondula, John Walubengo, Lesley Mbogo, Michael Onyango and Fred Michuki are also part of Blockchain Kenya roadmap team.