Kukua is a startup company leveraging new media and technology to empower children to learn through magically engaging experiences. Our vision is a world where any child can learn through an engaging, rigorous and personalized education.

We are a dedicated team of mission-driven entrepreneurs, game designers, cognitive psychologists and educational experts fueled by the research that shows how acquiring even basic literacy and numeracy can change a child’s entire life trajectory.


Human-Centered Design Matters

By | 06, 02, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There’s a famous case study circulated in business schools about literally building the proverbial “better mousetrap.” As the story goes, a company in the ‘60’s set out to do just that, invested lots in design [...]

Open-sourcing all of our educational content

By | 27, 12, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Today, we’re releasing our entire literacy training path for free online, for anyone else to use. In the past 2 years of building SEMA, one of our largest challenges was finding pre-existing literacy content that [...]

Kukua’s Team Retreat: office-on-the-ground in rural Kenya

By | 27, 12, 2016|Categories: Blog|

In early November, most of our team packed their bags and flew to Nairobi for our annual team retreat. As a globally-distributed team – with team members based in Rome, Nairobi, Modena, London, New York and [...]

SIMA’s Beta version is finally ready!

By | 27, 12, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

When we applied to NORAD’S EduApp4Syria contest – thinking we'd adapt and translate the work we were already doing for children in Sub-Saharan Africa with SEMA – we had no idea how challenging this was [...]

Building our capacity to test literacy impact

By | 13, 10, 2016|Categories: Blog|

While our European engineering and design team is hard at work finalizing our game Sema, our local Kenyan team is equally hard at work running test sessions in slums around Nairobi, most notably in [...]

Kukua is selected for EduApp4Syria to teach reading and writing to Syrian refugees

By | 18, 02, 2015|Categories: Blog|

We are excited to announce that we are an initial winner in EduApp4Syria, an innovation competition promoted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) that aims to help Syrian children learn how to [...]

Our most popular game amongst our users!

By | 18, 02, 2015|Categories: Blog|

After spending time with children in the slums of Nairobi, we discovered that one of their favorite mobile games was Temple Run. Together with our developing team, we therefore decided to build a number [...]

Kukua aiming for the Global Learning XPRIZE!

By | 18, 02, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Last month, we traveled to Paris and Nairobi to attend the two Global Learning XPRIZE summits. What is the Global Learning XPRIZE? The XPRIZE Foundation is a California-based nonprofit that catalyzes global innovation by [...]


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