The 2014 Digest: Technology In Africa

Africa Rising is the phrase we have become used to and sometimes use carelessly in a bid to portray a progressive image of our continent despite some of its shortcomings.Although the past few decades have seen an increase in the fortunes of the continent, there are certain things that need to happen in order for Africa to Rise. One of the key factors that will play a role in the economic growth, skills growth and life improvement of Africa and Africans is Technology in the form of Information and Communications Technology.

This year’s Technology in Africa–Digest sees professionals and thought leaders in the technology industry offer their insights into the problems facing the continent and also offer  solutions, some of which they are already working on. We hope you find this eBook useful.

You can download a free copy here.

Tefo Mohapi, Publisher: Technology in Africa – 2014 Digest

Contents and Authors

STEM Education as a solution to Youth Unemployment in Africa
By Varaidzo “Vari” Mureriwa, Executive Director at the P- STEM Foundation and a Technology Consulting Manager for Accenture South Africa. Follow her on Twitter @Vari_Audrey

Impact of the Internet in Africa
By Alan Knott-Craig, a Qualified Chartered Accountant (SA), Founder of Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation facilitating the roll-out of free Wi-Fi networks across Africa. Follow him on Twitter @alanknottcraig

Technology and the Reinvention of Education in Africa
By Calestous Juma, an internationally recognized authority on the role of science, technology, engineering and innovation in sustainable development, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School, Faculty Chair for Innovation for Economic Development Executive Program and directs the School’s Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @Calestous

Build, Deploy and Thrive – Embrace the Hacker Within
By Ntobeko Wakaba, Founder and Hacker at Jalia Technologies, a South African ICT company. Follow him on Twitter @Ntobeko

Tech Startup Ecosystem and Investment Landscape Comparison
By Meghan Semancikis, investment analyst at Rio Partners, a Dubai-based investment firm focused on seed, early and growth stage investment opportunities in the mobile, e-commerce and media spaces. Follow her on Twitter @MegSemancik

Technology Ecosystem in South Africa
By Tefo Mohapi, Founder and Director at Mohapi & Co, a South African ICT Consulting company, consultant for Eskom as a Senior Business Advisor / Analyst for their Group IT division. Follow him on Twitter @TefoMohapi

Free & Open Source Software – South Africa’s Missed Opportunity?
By Mark Clarke is a Java developer and Linux expert who works as a solutions engineer atJumping Bean an open source integration company in Johannesburg. Follow him on Twitter @mxc4

The Rise of Peer Networks in the Innovation Ecosystem
By Kanyi Maqubela, a venture partner at Collaborative Fund, a seed venture capital fund for creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Follow him on Twitter @km

Innovation, Intellectual Property and Law
By Mbugua Njihia, an Africa based entrepreneur with over 10 years in the web and mobile space having worked with all players in the ecosystem – individuals, small and medium sized enterprises, NGO’s, mobile network operators, and government to deploy solutions on sms, ussd, voice, web and mobile applications. Follow him on Twitter @mbuguanjihia

Content, What Content?
By Johan Nel, an experienced and senior media, technology and marketing executive. CEO & Founder Umuntu Media (Mimiboard) Follow him on Twitter @Johan12

Single Internet Space for Africa
By Vika Mpisane, General Manager of the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA), the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) Manager for South Africa’s domain – ZA. He has experience in policy development in areas such as trade and industry, economic policy, labour, education and ICT development. Follow him on Twitter @VikaMpisane

ICTs Role in Strengthening Post-Conflict States – A Critical Review
By Amir Kiyaei, the Director of IGD Group South Africa. With over 10 years of experience in the field of IT Governance, Amir has provided consulting and auditing services to public and private sector clients across multiple industries. Follow him on Twitter @AmirKiyaei

Reflection on Technology
By Jay Cousins , who works in Egypt with local communities to explore how they can to improve their lives and solve local and global challenges using locally available resources. Blogger. Follow him on Twitter @JayCousins

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