Apps Let Africans Take Matters Into their Own Hands

Jon Gosier —  May 12, 2012 — 4 Comments

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My interview with Radio Netherlands about mobile apps, Africa, Abayima, and supporting the continent’s nascent innovators…

“A revolution is taking place in Africa,” according to the Fill the Gap organizers. And it’s “driven by mobile technology and rapidly growing access to the mobile which is the key to smart entrepreneurship and citizen participation.”

What does Gosier think about that? “I would reverse that statement to say, smart entrepreneurship is the key to mobile innovation,” he says. “The same goes for ‘citizen participation’ and ‘need’. The buzz in its current form is flawed because it assumes that innovation in itself provides solutions that can help people.”

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The edited footage of the talk this interview can be found here.

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Technologie: Les Africains Prennent Leur Destin En Main

Le buzz au cours de l’événement Fill the Gap a été “une révolution se déroule en Afrique, entraînée par la technologie mobile et par l’accès de plus en plus rapide au mobile qui constitue la clé de l’esprit d’entreprise et de la participation citoyenne.”

Selon Gosier, il est essentiel de commencer par un besoin et ensuite voir si et comment la technologie mobile peut faire partie de la solution. “Je voudrais revenir sur cette déclaration pour dire qu’un astucieux esprit d’entreprise est la clé de l’innovation mobile,” explique-t-il. “Il en est de même pour la “participation citoyenne” et le “besoin”. Le buzz dans sa forme actuelle est imparfait, car elle suppose que l’innovation par elle-même fournit des solutions qui peuvent aider les gens.”

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