Award winning software engineer and entrepreneur, Edwin Bruno Shayo has been commended for developing Tanzania’s most successful App, M-Paper, a platform responsible for distributing newspapers and books straight to readers via their smartphones.
He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Codes (T) Limited, a digital agency with profound passion in providing 360 digital services, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Talented. His innovation emerged top at the AppsAfrica Awards as the Best Innovation and Education Application in Africa..
Shayo was born in Tanzania. At age 13, Shayo started his first business in selling cassettes. He changed to selling CDs at age 17. With a government university allowance, he was able to buy his first ever computer which he later used to build websites for local organizations to advertise their products.
Shayo’s company, Smart Codes has a platform called M-paper that effectively distributes printed books and newspapers to readers’ mobile phones. Shayo has been able to disseminate information and news all through desolated areas in Tanzania. His innovation is truly remarkable in Tanzania.
The platform won the AppsAfrica award for best innovative educational application in sub-Sahara Africa. His company currently employs 44 staff and makes a turnover of about $350,000 a year. Shayo’s company, Smart codes Limited, is also well-known for helping other companies successfully manage their digital marketing strategies. At the Tanzania Leadership Awards in 2015, Shayo emerged the winner of Young Achiever of the Year Award and, in 2016, was listed on Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 lists. Shayo was recently recognized by Forbes Africa as a billionaire in the making.