Mobile Technology in East Africa

In this presentation I take a look at some statistics about mobile technology in Eastern Africa, looking at specific countries in the region. Overall, the observations are quite consistent: Feature phones still rule Mobile penetration is increasing steadily in each country Mobile is the primary means by which people are accessing the internet The majority […]

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Where Opportunities Lie in the African Mobile Space

This is the second in a 4-part series on Africa: The Present frontier.  Africa straddles two realities. One is underpinned by the belief that Africa is the next frontier and measures the continent’s progress against an expected trajectory and momentum modeled on that which developed economies have followed in the past. As the continent leapfrogged […]

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Infographic: Mobile Web Africa 2012 Visualised including Statistics, Quotes and Insights

This past week, we covered Mobile Web Africa 2012 and we started coverage with 5 reasons to attend as well as live coverage that you can relive Day 1 and 2 here on Afrinnovator. I got the chance to be one of the first speakers on the opening day of the conference and spoke on […]

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5 Reasons You Need to Be At Mobile Web East Africa 2012 This February

In Kenya’s technology past over the past four years there have been some hallmark moments that have began waves and changes that shifted the course of history in technology here. Contacts, coffees and conversations have been sparked in boardrooms, hallways, Skunkworks meetings, cafes and nowadays places like Nairobi’s iHub.   Two years ago, however, there […]

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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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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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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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mLab Southern Africa Prepares for Launch with Call for Membership Applications

mLab Southern Africa (SA), the region’s new incubator for entrepreneurs and innovators with a focus on mobile technology, is pleased to announce that application for membership has opened. The head office of the mLab SA will be officially opened at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 15 September, but already mobile developers and entrepreneurs with […]

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[Preview] Mobile Entertainment Africa Conference This August in Cape Town, South Africa

As part of Afrinnovator’s special build-up to the Mobile Entertainment Africa conference in Cape Town, South Africa from the 23rd and 24th of August, 2011 we look at what to expect and some context from All Amber’s inaugural cellphone entertainment-focused conference.

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Africa Mobility Futures

Rudy de Waele,  Ken Banks and Erik Hersman are co-curating a collaborative outlook on the mobile industry in Africa, called “Mobile Trends Africa 2020“. Afrinnovator was invited to contribute and our thoughts concerning the future of mobile in Africa are as follows (see page 7 in the presentation: Blurring boundary between Smartphones and feature phones (we’ve […]

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