Why You Must Never Forget About the Humble Feature Phone in Africa

Jonathan Hoehler is Chief Technical Officer and Business Analyst at Starfish Mobile International based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. With over 8 years in the mobile telecoms space in Africa, he’s been an evangelist frequently seen on the conference circuit speaking and presenting on the future of mobile on the continent. Follow him on Twitter […]

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Doing Tech Business in Africa: A Few Lessons from Twitter's Rise in Africa

Very recently Portland Communications released some data from research carried to find out about the usage of Twitter in Africa. The report was received quite well and received some notable attention across the web. Much of what has been written has looked mostly at just the implications of the research on primarily social media and it’s use […]

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Building Websites that Work in Africa

It is interesting that sometimes it’s not the most robust and well designed solutions that get picked up by consumers. Great design of course is something of great importance when designing a piece of software, an app or a website. And clients will gravitate to well designed (graphically, not in terms of user experience), well […]

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Apps4Africa 2011 Winners: Innovative Apps Combating Climate Change

Originally from the Appfrica blog Appfrica is the organizer and facilitator of the second annual Apps4Africa competition which rewards African technologists for developing creative solutions to some of the continent’s most challenging issues. 2011 was the second year we’ve done Apps4Africa, the first year culminated with this congratulatory message from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: Last year the […]

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15 Skills African Tech Talent Must Acquire in 2012

Guest post by Appfrica CEO and metaLayer’s Founder/Director of Product – Jon Gosier. In the American and European tech space there’s a growing problem. There’s so much funding available for early stage startups that everyone and their college dropout buddy is starting-up, leaving no one out there to hire. It’s one of those first world […]

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12 predictions for Africa Tech Scene in 2012

It has been a banner year for the Africa technology scene as the world begins to turn to the continent – the Economist Africa rising cover story article was for many, a big validation in the future opportunities as well as challenges for Africa. The best follow up post worth reading is by Professor Juma […]

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The Glue of Innovation: Creating a supportive culture for innovation in Africa

“Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress” – Ted Levitt In a recent article on innovation, we looked at ‘The engine (people & skills), the environment (policy and regulation), the fuel (funding) and the […]

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Africa: Innovating into the Future

In this day and age, innovation for any organisation or nation is not an option, it is a necessity! If you do not innovate you will simply be left behind. And as we noted in the article, “Necessity & Invention: Africa’s story of mobile conquest & why utility beats ‘coolness’“, this is especially the case 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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Visa gets serious: Let the Africa Mobile Payment Wars Begin

A student at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania was asked by a former lead engineer at paypal during a mentoring session almost a year ago “Why are you not using Amazon web services for cloud computing?”, he replied “I don’t have a credit card to set up the service”…. The student could […]

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