Markos Lemma

Born in Ethiopia in 1984. Markos Lemma is a techie, activist, co-founder of iceaddis – a community oriented innovation hub in Ethiopia and co-founder of SelamCompany – a startup company working on primary education and literacy.  He specialised in ICT consultancy and community management. He is also an advocate for startup movements, social and environmental innovations & blogging.  He is a coordinator on a research program on literacy, a project running by MIT, OLPC & Tufts University with a direct supervision of Nicholas Negroponte, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal & Maryanne Wolf.  He organize Barcamp Ethiopia once a year. Barcamp Ethiopia is the biggest tech community event in Ethiopia. He loves the active tech community and initiated different technology events. He is a collaborator, a blogger (Author for GlobalVoices). He mainly blogs, speak, and facilitate workshops about social media, mobile technology in Africa, green tech, and social affairs. His work mentioned on different media such as The Economist, BBC, CCTV, Al jazeera, TechCrunch. He graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Exhibition Programme

  • Stand: BMZ / Tech for Good

    How to make bees healthier with IT-solutions, the Ethiopian case

    Beekeeping with small-scale operations provides perfect innovation labs for demonstration and dissemination of cheap and easy-to-use open source ICT applications in developing countries. Bee health and sustainable beekeeping are a key for sustainable agriculture worldwide. Risks of depleting honey production threatens livelihoods of beekeepers, but degradation of pollination power of suffering bee colonies threats overall agricultural production and affects entire population. SAMS allows active monitoring and remote sensing of bee health and beekeeping by developing appropriate ICT solution supporting management of bee health and bee productivity and a role model for effective international cooperation.

    Summarized, SAMS addresses requirements of end-user communities on beekeeping in developing countries. It includes technological improvements and adaptation as well as innovative services creation in apiculture based on advanced ICT and remote sensing technologies. SAMS increases production of bee products, creates jobs (particularly youths/ women), triggers investments and establishes knowledge exchange through networks. SAMS results are of major interest for stakeholder along the whole value chain of honey production. By cooperation with other networks, SAMS technology will be promoted worldwide to beekeepers as well as data beneficiaries.

    Markos Lemma