In Africa, it’s not because a technology is available that it should be used, the goal is on the opposite to look for the biggest tech common denominator to reach out to the largest number of users.
When I first played with the mobile wallet, it seemed unreal to send money away for free…
Margaux Pelen, a young but already serial entrepreneur, shares with us some learnings from her experience in Africa. Mobile might well turn to be the way forward to Internet in Africa.
With Jugaad innovation, frugality is the new wealth. But frugal innovation might not be so easy to implement in developed societies. Collaborative platforms, and the use of APIs could be the way forward for companies. At individual and community level, FabLab is an opportunity to Jugaad innovation in our own way.
African innovation is rooted in mobile stunning expansion. Demo Africa is the right place to witness technology at its birth and to report on the next big thing from Africa. Africa’s Internet somehow prefigures our future.
For international Telcos, the challenge is to embellish the network with services and APIs . To capture local patterns, going in the field and meeting with local mobile app makers and entrepreneurs, connecting trends to innovation Labs, and desiging bespoke enablers, testing, learning and iterating with developers community, are the ingredients of the right formula.