The journey of a fire detection startup, with Emily Vining : Ep 131

Fire DetectorShack fires in informal settlements are an ongoing challenge and when not detected early enough, have disastrous consequences for thousands of people. A group of friends brought together their diverse skills, and turned the fire detection device – that started as a student’s thesis project – into a viable product and business which is now saving lives and homes. Telana speaks with one of the founders and directors of Lumkani, Emily Vining, about their journey from startup to award winning social enterprise.

For another podcast with Emily about her communication skills, see the Let’s Talk Communication Episode here.




About Emily Vining:

Director & Founder of LumkaniEmily Vining is a founder and a director of Lumkani, a social enterprise and technology company based in Cape Town. Lumkani’s mission is to radically reduce the destruction and pain caused by shack fires in informal settlements  across South African and the Global South. She is one of a committed team of six people.

Emily is driven to co-create design process that is participatory and user-centric. Emily works at building relationships with the end-users of Lumkani’s technology to ensure that their technology solutions are aligned to the preferences of the people who use it. She believes in listening to people.

Contact and Info:

Cell: 072 482 4029
Email: emily at lumkani dot com
Twitter: @lumkanifire

2 responses to “The journey of a fire detection startup, with Emily Vining : Ep 131”

  1. […] For more information about Lumkani, see this Let’s Talk Possibility podcast episode with Emily. […]

  2. oscar says:

    I’m leading the task team of Lumkani in Mfuleni,We are busy mobilising the informal settleme to buy the device.

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