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your business without language barriers

translation + transcription + voice recognition
for businesses operating in African & Asian languages

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your business without language barriers

translation + transcription + voice recognition
for businesses operating in African & Asian languages

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About


about us:

We provide translation, transcription, and voice recognition services for businesses that need localized content for Africa and Asia. We specialize in preparing voice and text data for machine learning applications, through specialized and scalable parsing and labelling techniques that leverage distributed teams of language experts. we design machine learning models in-house and also work in close partnership with leaders in voice-recognition for African and Asian languages.

our story:

grant, Uliza's ceo and co-founder, began thinking about how to make phones better information portals for people who speak local languages while working in Sierra Leone. phones are everywhere, but literacy in english is not. This idea eventually formed Uliza when he met Maity and Janeth at Tufts university.

About


about us:

We provide translation, transcription, and voice recognition services for businesses that need localized content for Africa and Asia. We specialize in preparing voice and text data for machine learning applications, through specialized and scalable parsing and labelling techniques that leverage distributed teams of language experts. we design machine learning models in-house and also work in close partnership with leaders in voice-recognition for African and Asian languages.

our story:

grant, Uliza's ceo and co-founder, began thinking about how to make phones better information portals for people who speak local languages while working in Sierra Leone. phones are everywhere, but literacy in english is not. This idea eventually formed Uliza when he met Maity and Janeth at Tufts university.

Languages


Languages


 languages

we cover 87 different languages in 100+ dialects, and counting!

Bangladesh

Bengali / Bangla

Central African Republic

Bambari

Germany

German

Kenya

Dholuo

Gikuyu

Kamba

Kiswahili (Kenya)

Luhya

Sheng

Nigeria

Fulfulde Nigerian

Fulfulde Sokoto

Hausa (Nigeria)

Ibibio

Igbo

Pidgin (Nigerian)

Tiv

Yoruba (Nigeria)

Senegal

French (Senegal)

Portuguese (Senegal)

Wolof

Tanzania

Kiswahili (Tanzania)

United States of America

English (US)

Benin

Aja

Bariba

Biali

Dendi

Fon

French (Benin)

Fulfulde Borgu

Gun

Hausa (Benin)

Yoruba (Benin)

China

Mandarin

Ghana

Akan / Akwapim

Akan / Fante

Akan / Twi

Dagbani

Dangme

Éwé

Ga

Nzema

Pidgin (Ghanaian)

Lesotho   Sesotho (Lesotho)

Lesotho

Sesotho (Lesotho)

Peru

Spanish (Peruvian)

Somalia

Somali

Uganda

Acoli

Ateso

Chiga

Kiswahili (Uganda)

lLangi

Luganda / Ganda

Lunyoro

Masaaba

Nyankore

Rutooro

Soga

Zimbabwe

Shona

Brazil

Portuguese (Brazil)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Lingala

India

Hindi

Marathi

Punjabi

Telugu

Malawi

Chichewa

Portugal

Portuguese (Portugal)

South Africa

Afrikaans

English (South Africa)

isiXhosa

isiZulu

Khelobedu

Sepedi

Sesotho (South Africa)

Setswana

United Arab Emirates

Arabic (Gulf)

Arabic (Modern Standard)

Cameroon

Bulu

Cebaara

Ewondo

French (Cameroon)

Fulfulde Adamawa

Mina

Oku

Pidgin (Cameroon)

France

French (France)

Ivory Coast

Abron

Anyin / Agny

Attié

Baoulé

Dan / Yacouba

French (Ivory Coast)

Jula

Kulango

Netherlands

Dutch

Rwanda

Kinyarwanda

Spain

Spanish (Spain)

United Kingdom

English (British)

Team


Team


team uliza

we bring years of experience in behavioral economics, finance, software development, machine learning, and problem solving in the field.

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grant bridgman

chief executive officer

Grant has a background in applying technologies for development, economics, and startups in Africa. Grant began thinking about how to make phones better information portals for people who speak local languages when he was in Sierra Leone working with MIT. This idea became Uliza when he met Maity and Janeth. Grant is based in Cape Town.

 
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abhishek maity

chief financial officer

Maity has a background in mathematics and finance. He has worked as a management consultant in the United States, and has experience as an economics teacher in India and in startups in Lebanon and the United States. Maity is a scrupulous data wizard. He is based out of Washington, D.C.

 

 
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janeth jepkogei

chief technology officer

Janeth is a computer scientist specializing in natural language processing and has worked as a technology analyst for Deutsche Bank. A native Kiswahili speaker, Janeth is based out of Raleigh, NC.

 
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nicholas brown

developer

Nicholas is a tenacious developer with the ideal mindset for a young tech-startup. He has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and graduate degree in public health, and he is an impressive self-taught software developer, focussing on web-development. He is based in Washington, D.C. 

 

christine vorster

project manager

Christine is an organized manager who never wants to stop learning new languages. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Sociology and French literature, and her Honours degree in French language & literature specializing in Francophone Translation. She loves to create opportunities for people to learn new skills and grow.

 
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joschka opitz

uliza analyst

Joschka has a background in International relations, Philosophy and Economics and has learnt through his time in the military to enjoy any and every challenge. He particularly enjoy’s optimising methods to complete difficult and time consuming tasks and is always interested in learning new skills from those around him.

our advisers:

lisa braden-harder Harvard University; Appen Linguistic Data, founding CEO

johan wikman Appen Linguistic Data, CTO

robert on UC Berkeley; Google

janet cahn | AT&T, Senior Voice User Interface Designer; MIT Media Lab

 

News


News


uliza news & updates

2019

august

  • Completed 60 hours of transcription in each Sesotho and isiZulu for SAIGEN

  • Another addition to the team! Welcome to Joschka, our dedicated Uliza analyst

july

  • 20 languages reached in Ayoba Translations for MTN!

june

  • Started work with SimfyAfrica, translating their MusicTime App into both French and Portuguese

march

  • Excited to be working with MTN on their new Ayoba app! We’re extending the app into an ambitious number of Africa’s languages!

  • Noteworthy project with SAIGEN underway: we are helping them develop new voice rec. products for isiZulu, Sesotho, and Afrikaans!

  • Our team is growing! Welcome to Christine, our excellent linguist and project manager

january


2018

december

  • We’ve transcribed 130 hours of Hindi audio for Mozilla and Gram Vaani. That’s 1 million words!

  • We’ve contacted 10,000 workers in our work with &Wider. Asking them about their working conditions in their local language via automated phone call

october

  • Started work with SAIGEN. Looking forward to seeing what voice recognition tools we can build together on the African continent

august

  • Started work with the Mozilla Foundation and Gram Vaani. Excited to build Hindi speech recognition tools!

  • We completed answering over 2,500 local language internet search questions for people in Dharavi, Mumbai

june

  • Welcome to Nicholas! Our new Developer

  • Welcome to our interns from California! Julia (USC) and Casey (UCLA)

april

march

  • We were selected from 230 applicants to participate in a 5-day design sprint at the MTN Solution Space at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

january 

  • We launched a partnership with &Wider

  • We're preparing to pilot a project with Swansea University in India

  • We presented at the Mercy Corps Innovation Market Place in Nairobi


2017

december

  • Welcome Stephen! Our new business development manager

november 

  • We secured our first external seed investment

september

  • We transcribed 21 audio hours of Kiswahili in a week!

  • Welcome Ashir! Our first Machine Leaning Developer

june

  • We launched an IVR platform for Refunite in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • We launched an IVR platform for Sauti Africa in Kenya

may

april

  • Uliza NYC investors roadshow


Join Us


Join Us


join team uliza

here are the people that we’re on the search for:


web developers

read here to apply


project managers

read here to apply


voice recognition developers

(and machine learners interested in adapting)

contact us directly at info@uliza.org

Client Login


Client Login


our beta product is currently available here.

please contact us at info@uliza.org for early access to our platform.

Contact


Contact


connect with us:


9 Portswood Road

Solution Space

Cape Town, South Africa

email: info@uliza.org

twitter: @teamuliza

facebook: uliza team