From Open Data to Open Action

“The thing to remember is, Human beings do not socialize in a completely random way. There’s a tangible reason for us being together, that ties us together. Again, that reason is called the Social Object.” Hugh MacLeod The Open Government Partnership declaration commits members to support civic participation in addition to making data on government […]

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Pivot East – Regional Mobile Apps. Developer Conference to be Held in June 2012

The second edition of East Africa’s regional mobile apps. developer competition and conference will be held on June 5th and 6th in Nairobi. The progression of events dubbed Pivot East will begin in January 2012 with a call for entries to the mobile applications  competition. The competition which culminate in 25 of the best mobile […]

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Nigerian Card Game WHOT! is The New Game Taking Over iOS, Android and Facebook

WHOT! Is The New Game Taking Over iOS, Android and Facebook  WHOT! is taking on the digital gaming world and being regarded as the best iOS, Android and Facebook casual card game. The popular mobile and online card game is gaining followers due to the addictive multi-application availability and the exciting interaction with plenty of twists […]

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M-Pesa: Beyond the Buzz

Image by smagdali via Flickr This is a guest post by futurist and technologist Soud Hyder. I’ve been meaning to pen my thoughts on this over the better half of this year but time has nonetheless been very elusive. I happened to watch a video recording of a panel discussion about technology in Africa and […]

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Android Developer Challenge 2011 Finalists Share their & Experience Lessons Learnt

On Thursday, November 17th, Gbenga Sesan held a Google Plus hangout with finalists of the Android Developer Challenge (ADC), Sub Saharan Africa. The hangout was an opportunity for African web developers, entrepreneurs and Internet marketers to hear from the winners about their experience building winning applications, what their experience has been like since winning the contest and their plans for the […]

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An East African Mobile Entertainment Overview: Music Discovery, Nano-economics and Mobile Money

Recently, All Amber invited Afrinnovator down to cover and participate in Mobile Entertainment Africa. Below is a summary of that first talk, which painted a snapshot of some trends and key learnings from the East African mobile entertainment scene. Silicon Savannah: the new catchphrase describing the East African and Kenyan region, the innovation and dynamism […]

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Necessity & Invention: Africa's story of mobile conquest & why utility beats 'coolness'

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and indeed that could perfectly describe Africa where it comes to innovation particularly on mobile. Utility vs Coolness In a great talk at TEDxVienna Alexander Oswald, Head of Marketing at Nokia, tells the story of how he and his family visited Kenya and were immensely shocked at just how […]

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Tanzanian & Rwandan Startups Making Content Publishing via SMS Work

According to an official report released by the GSMA, Africa is now the second largest mobile market in the world. The report showed that over the past five years, Africa’s mobile subscribers has increased by 20 percent every year, and is expected to reach over 735 million subscribers by the end of 2012. (IT News […]

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Let's unleash SMS: Africa's best distribution platform

Over the last week we have heard incredible data that has shocked the world around the growth potential of mobile in Africa exceeding expectations. The future looks bright indeed for Africa, and mobile will play a big part… The lowest common denominator in mobile technology is SMS. This is in wide spread use on all […]

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Forecasting Africa's Mobile Future

Co-founder of Ushahidi, Erik Hersman, gave an interesting talk at the recently held AITEC Africa conference in Nairobi, Kenya in which he made some observations, predictions and opportunities regarding the current state and future of mobile in Africa especially looking at where the opportunities are for innovators and entrepreneurs. It is easy to imagine that the mobile revolution […]

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