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Essays on African Tech Volume 1 On Innovation

Essays on African Tech Volume 1 On Innovation

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Published by Will Mworia
Sub-Saharan Africa is in a state of rapid change as far as technology is concerned. The future seems filled with possibilities. The hope of technology and the Internet creating a level playing field for the continent, at par with the rest of the world is rife.

From the Silicon Cape down south to the Silicon Shores of western Africa and the Silicon Savannah eastern countries, key hubs are emerging; a new generation of fearless innovators is rising. Empowered by the ubiquity of the Internet, they dare believe that this medium can make the difference for them; that literally, nothing is out of the reach of their imagination. And through creative thinking and innovation, they can create for themselves a place to flourish, where the common restrictions of doing business and enterprising in Africa do not have such a strong hold – in their imagination.

This is a collection of ‘essays’ from a cross section of blogs written by Africans either on the continent or in the diaspora. These Africans (or in some cases, non-Africans with a passion for Africa) share their minds, hearts and passion for Africa.

The collection is classified into three main themes:

* Volume 1: On Innovation
* Volume 2: On The State of Things
* Volume 3: On Funding: Money Matters
* Volume 4: The Future
Sub-Saharan Africa is in a state of rapid change as far as technology is concerned. The future seems filled with possibilities. The hope of technology and the Internet creating a level playing field for the continent, at par with the rest of the world is rife.

From the Silicon Cape down south to the Silicon Shores of western Africa and the Silicon Savannah eastern countries, key hubs are emerging; a new generation of fearless innovators is rising. Empowered by the ubiquity of the Internet, they dare believe that this medium can make the difference for them; that literally, nothing is out of the reach of their imagination. And through creative thinking and innovation, they can create for themselves a place to flourish, where the common restrictions of doing business and enterprising in Africa do not have such a strong hold – in their imagination.

This is a collection of ‘essays’ from a cross section of blogs written by Africans either on the continent or in the diaspora. These Africans (or in some cases, non-Africans with a passion for Africa) share their minds, hearts and passion for Africa.

The collection is classified into three main themes:

* Volume 1: On Innovation
* Volume 2: On The State of Things
* Volume 3: On Funding: Money Matters
* Volume 4: The Future

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EssaysontheAfricanTechScene–Volume1OnInnovation
Innovation,startups,startupcultureandmore
 
Introduction
Sub‐SaharanAfricaisinastateofrapidchangeasfarastechnologyisconcerned.Thefutureseemsfilledwithpossibilities.ThehopeoftechnologyandtheInternetcreatingalevelplayingfieldforthecontinent,atparwiththerestoftheworldisrife.FromtheSiliconCapedownsouthtotheSiliconShoresofwesternAfricaandtheSiliconSavannaheasterncountries,keyhubsareemerging;anewgenerationoffearlessinnovatorsisrising.EmpoweredbytheubiquityoftheInternet,theydarebelievethatthismediumcanmakethedifferenceforthem;thatliterally,nothingisoutofthereachoftheirimagination.Andthroughcreativethinkingandinnovation,theycancreateforthemselvesaplacetoflourish,wherethecommonrestrictionsofdoingbusinessandenterprisinginAfricadonothavesuchastronghold–intheirimagination.Thisisacollectionof‘essays’fromacrosssectionofblogswrittenbyAfricanseitheronthecontinentorinthediaspora.TheseAfricans(orinsomecases,non‐AfricanswithapassionforAfrica)sharetheirminds,heartsandpassionforAfrica.Thecollectionisclassifiedintothreemainthemes:
Volume1:OnInnovation
1.
 
EthanZuckerman(MyHeart’sinAccra):InnovatingfromConstraint2.
 
DaveTait(DesigninAfrica):InnovationinAfrica3.
 
KenBanks(Kiwanja):The‘EmergingMarket’HandsetTrap4.
 
BillZimmerman:RuralInternet:LessonsfromRadio5.
 
KenBanks(Kiwanja):TheDigitalDivider
Volume2:OnTheStateofThings
1.
 
ErikHersman(Whiteafrican):HurdlesofHigh‐TechEntrepreneursinAfrica
 
2.
 
GbengaSesan:ProgressandChallenges:UsingICTsinNigeria3.
 
MattBerg(BuildAfrica):AfricaReadytoCode4.
 
JonathanGosier(Appfrica):TheInfostateofAfrica5.
 
MatthewBuckland:TheInternetinSouthAfrica:ATaleofWoeandHope
Volume3:OnFunding:MoneyMatters
1.
 
ErikHersman(Whiteafrican):There’saProblemwithSeedCapitalinAfrica2.
 
JustinStanford:VentureInvestinginSouthAfrica3.
 
ErikHersman(Whiteafrican):FindingandFundingAfricanInnovators
Volume4:TheFuture
1.
 
JulianaRotich(Afromusing):TheFutureofTechinAfrica2.
 
EthanZuckerman(MyHeart’sinAccra):CalestousJumaontheFutureofAfricanCommunications3.
 
StartupsNigeria:CanweBuildaSiliconValleyinNigeria?4.
 
WillMworia(Afrinnovator.com):StopTryingtobeSiliconValley
TheAuthorsinthisVolume
1.
 
BillZimmermanhttp://www.27months.com/2.
 
EthanZuckerman(MyHeart’sinAccra)http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog/3.
 
KenBankshttp://kiwanja.net4.
 
WillMworiahttp://afrinnovator.com5.
 
DaveTaithttp://designinafrica.wordpress.com/

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