OkHi, a Nairobi-based tech startup, has launched a new consumer mobile app to allow people to easily own, customize and share their location with the people and businesses they trust.
This will enable 100,000 deliveries in Nairobi in food delivery, ecommerce providers, and even ambulance services to bring critical services to people’s doorstep eliminating the constant ‘uko wapi’ constraint.
“Our goal is for OkHi to be the solution that empowers people to be found, and as a result be included iny the new digital economy. OkHi addresses location in a completely new way, allowing people to own, update and customize their location to share with the people and services they want, without the frustration of battling the ‘uko wapi’ challenge” explained Co-Founder and CEO Timbo Drayson.
OkHi The free-to-access app for consumers enables them to save multiple locations including home and work, and to share directions to these locations in a hassle free manner. All this is done with the highest attention to the privacy and security of data – app users are able to control who gets access to their locations at the tip of their fingers without worry. Key functionalities also include the ability to order an Uber directly from the app as well as access a host of services such as food delivery and more.
Co-Founder Timbo Drayson further highlights, “After research and testing, we learned that normal directions continue to be one of the largest constraints. The battle of identifying a location by speedbumps and trees is still commonplace. Access to services hinges on accurate location identification, so we’re now giving users a better way to own their location and control who accesses it.”
The versatility of the model means that it is not just limited for use to consumers. For instance small business owners, retailers and large corporates can use OkHi to give directions for meetings or to serve as a tool to draw in new customers.