About the Appfrica Labs Fellows Program

The Appfrica Labs office has an open door policy, encouraging people of all cultures, creeds and nationalities to work with us. It’s often the case that people who come to Kampala just need some space with an internet connection and a few friendly faces to help them get their work done. Over the past year, we’ve hosted a number of people who’ve fit into this category, but a few individuals have taken it upon themselves to really get involved and actually work with us.

A few months ago I formalized this nature of the company as the Appfrica Fellows program. The mission of Appfrica’s Fellows program is to breed an atmosphere of cultural diversity and knowledge sharing. Fellows spend their time in Uganda working along side the staff, earning the equivalent local wage for that job, regardless of their individual skills. It’s a great way to see the world and the challenges others face from a completely different vantage point.

Joushua Goldstein was our inaugural Fellow. Previously an intern at Google, Josh worked on business development for Status.ug, one of our incubated startups. Richard Jeong was the second Fellow working as a graphic designer. David Ellis is currently working with us in various areas of business development. Yesterday we welcomed our fourth, Oliver Haas from the Franklin W. Olin School of Engineering. Oliver will be working with us for six weeks, partially as the lead developer and designer of our HIGH Award winning project ResultsSMS.

We’re always interested in knowledge sharing and building capacity through cultural exchange. To find out more about Appfrica Fellows and how you can apply click here.

Current and Past Fellows

Business Development Designer
Designer and Network Admin Business Development

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About the author: Jonathan Gosier is a UI designer, software developer and writer. He currently lives in Kampala, Uganda where he incubates and invests in East African entrepreneurs as the CEO of Appfrica Labs. He's also a TED Fellow.
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