Usalama is the 2017 winner of Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) 2017 Boostcamp. The 2017 BoostCamp attracted 8 shortlisted innovators for the justice sector with Usalama making the strongest case among the six from Kenya and two others from Rwanda.
The Usalama app is a platform that connects users and emergency service providers including ambulance, security, police and even road-side assistance. Usalama provides end-users in an emergency situation a trigger for a distress signal, done by either long pressing volume down, shaking the phone thrice or tapping the emergency icon. This sends a description of their emergency, their GPS location, and the location of the nearest providers to two sets of people: The victim’s personal and pre-determined emergency contacts and an agent employed by an emergency provider.
Usalama’s win secured the group a slot to join other innovators at the Hague, Peace Palace in December to share and learn more on how best to impact the justice sectors. Usalama will also receive an investment seed funding of €20,000 and expert advice to grow their business. From the remaining group: m-Haki, Smart Shamba, Notonlab (Tambua), m-Sheria, Mulika Uhalifu, Gerayo and SocialWell, two more still stand a chance for acceleration support and mentorship as well as £20,000 seed funding.
HiiL (Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is an NGO based in The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice. Hiil partners with NGOs, governments and legal entrepreneurs to improve rule making and conflict resolution processes.