Sustainable tech development in Rwanda

AI-based voice recognition can make technology more inclusive and accessible to people – be it in sectors such as health, education or governance. Open access to publicly available voice data sets can help leverage this potential in countries such as Rwanda.

As part of an internal innovation project by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and in cooperation with the Mozilla Common Voice project, Mainlevel consultant Daniel Brumund organised a Hackathon in the Rwandan capital city of Kigali. The event brought together local software developers and language enthusiasts with the aim of prototyping incentive mechanisms for the collection of open voice data in the local language Kinyarwanda.

The next step will be to test some of the promising mechanisms coming out of the Hackathon and to build a prototype that showcases how an open voice dataset can be created – ultimately enabling local entrepreneurs to develop innovative voice-based applications.