With Peter Waiganjo and Dan Orwa of the University of Nairobi’s C4D lab at the school of computing and informatics, and Sarah Williams of MIT’s civic data design lab, plus support from the Rockefeller Foundation, our newly established “digital matatu” team began mapping out the system using mobiles and GPS units. A team of brilliant and dedicated Kenyan students sought out every route they could find in the city – 130 of them, it turned out (no one was sure before). They carefully geo-located stops and collected key information such as whether a stop was sanctioned by the city or not.
Something tells me that Kampala is next. I suspect the capital of chaos is much more disorganized than Nairobi.