Primoz Kovacic – Spatial Collective Limited
Spatial Collective is a tech firm that uses Geographic Information Systems for community development in slums of Nairobi. Through data collection and visualization, Spatial supports communities to identify available resources and apply this knowledge in development initiatives. For instance, Nirobi slums did not appear or Google Maps; so Spatial using GPS readings mapped the slum areas, identifying roads, churches and schools. Spatial works with a myriad of actors, including local residents, governments, small businesses and research institutions. Of Nairobi’s 3M people, 1.5M live as squatters on Government land with open drain toilets, dirty water, and no waste collection. Because of the vigilante problem, robbers are shot on the spot. Slum residents steal electricity and 95% have cell phones and use Facebook and Twitter. Spatial offers business management for health, education, waste management, water, sanitation projects, and crime reporting. Their funding is from Gates, NGO’s and others.