Abdigani (Abdi) Diriye: Somalia tech startups

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Abdi Diriye is a computer scientist with a passion to support increased innovation and technology in Somalia and Somaliland.

He has founded tech start-up non-profit organisations as well as coding camps and accelerator programmes.

This work in raising awareness and making change happen has resulted in him being recognised as a TED Fellow and one of the World’s Top Young Innovators under 35.



Geography: Research the different countries in Africa. What are your pre-conceptions about tech use in these countries? Try and find out if your views are correct. Look at universities offering computer science courses, coverage of mobile phones, tech companies employing people in these countries.  What information is most useful to understand the level of technology use in countries. What might be the best way to support equity in access to technology for all as well as a better understanding of life in different African nations.


This work was supported by the Institute of Coding, which is supported by the Office for Students (OfS).