Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

Ensuring data security and data integrity for a start-up in Nairobi, Kenya

mSurvey (Mobile Survey)


mSurvey provides insight about emerging markets where information is difficult to access. The mSurvey technology developed and patented at MIT solves the problem of tracking products and services in emerging markets. Companies and organizations spend significant amounts of money trying to get products and services to distant areas in the emerging markets due to inefficiencies and lack of infrastructure. mSurvey makes the process efficient and cost effective through data analysis tools and mobile applications. mSurvey currently operates out of Nairobi, Kenya, scaling across East Africa, Central, and West Africa, with our primary business location in New York City.

The Challenge

We face the immediate challenges of scaling, data security, and data integrity. As a start-up, we have limited resources and would like to share the experience and excitement with our colleagues at MIT. MIT students will gain firsthand knowledge of developing technological solutions for emerging markets. We are connected directly to the telecommunication networks offering the successful candidate leverage to develop robust solutions to scale across Africa. 


Nairobi, Kenya

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

Problem solving skills, computer hacking skills, working in a fast-paced MIT-like environment

Time Constraints

As we scale rapidly, we need to have enthusiastic and problem solving candidates on board to help build out robust and sustainable solutions. However, we are looking to have students come to Kenya as soon as IAP 2013 and Summer 2013.


Kenfield Griffith, CEO
Phone: +254704803849 | Skype_ID: kenfield_griffith
Mailing Address: 226 W 78th Street, New York, NY 10024

Alternate contact:
David Ogutu
Intern, Summer 2012

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