Why Give a Damn:
Ted speaker, Toby Shapshak, is guided by the passionately held belief that in Africa, necessity is the mother of innovation. Innovation, in its purest form, is applied to solving real problems because real problems exist.
The author of this post, Daniel Epstein, believes to his core in the potential of entrepreneurship to solve the greatest challenges of this century and he has dedicated his life accordingly.
The gold of today is mobile technology. Tweet This Quote
Today, paying for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. $25 million per day or 40% of Kenya’s GDP moves through this mobile technology. This available SMS technology is used for currency exchange, getting medication, emailing, facebooking, even taking care of dairy cows. Unreasonable Institutes 2013 venture, Eneza Education, is using this same technology to provide access to education to Africa’s youth and even provide teachers and parents with progress reports. The potential reach of innovative technology in Africa is endless.
Toby Shapshak, publisher and editor of Stuff Magazine, has been writing about innovation, telecommunications and the Internet – and the impact they have on people’s lives – for more than 15 years now. He’s even been called “the most high-profile technology journalist in the country” by GQ South Africa. He’s now working on a book about a passionately held belief: that in Africa, necessity is the mother of innovation.
Innovation happens ‘at the edge’ because in the middle everyone is too busy updating Facebook. Tweet This Quote