The Workchop Conversation with Soriah Kaingu, Director at Apptorney, Tanzania

Written by Jesulayomi Adetola

June 10, 2021

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the law, tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

For this week, we have Soriah Kaingu, the director at Apptorney, a platform that provides legal content that is properly linked, categorized, and indexed for more efficient and user friendly share with us one problem in the legal space that she will like to solve and the impactful things she is doing at Apptorney.

 Tell us briefly how you started and what you do at Apptorney.

Apptorney started as a dream when I was in university. My brother, Muchu Kaingu who was studying Software Engineering always wondered if there was nothing that could be done to help me with my legal research. That was the birth of the idea of Apptorney. Almost 5 years later, my brother and I partnered with 2 other friends to make Apptorney a reality. Apptorney is a partnership of software developers and lawyers. At inception, I not only provided legal support to the project but also gave the ‘end-user voice in the development of the platform.

How is a typical day like for you at Apptorney? What does your job entail?

My job entails a lot of liaison duties between Apptorney and its partners, from the administrative point of view as opposed to business/sales/marketing.

 How do you recharge or take a break?

I love to dance. I very rarely miss a Zoca (a fusion of Zambian and soca dance) session. I play squash regularly and never miss my family’s Sunday braais.

What tasks do you dislike but still do?

As we are still a start-up, all hands are on deck with the marketing of the platform to the public. I am not a salesperson and this is a role that I would ordinarily dislike. However, with Apptorney this task is made easier as it really boils down to talking to people about something I am passionate about and which I believe is a much need tool for anyone in the legal space.

What is that one problem in the legal space that you will want to solve?

Apptorney solves the problem of inefficiency in legal research. The Zambian legal information is scattered across several sources which make research tedious and time-consuming. Apptorney has consolidated Zambian law on to one platform, which is not only easy to use, but is also mobile thus very accessible. The aim of Apptorney is to help everyone have the law at their fingertips.

 What do you spend time doing, besides work?

I love to read and experiment with food 😊

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

I am reading Veronika decides to die by Paulo Coelho and watching Judas and the Black Messiah

In your years of work experience, what is the best advice that you have received?

The big picture is made up of tiny pixels. (woooooooooooord!!!)

 Who would you like to answer these questions?

Muchu Kaingu

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