Jon Gosier (Founder, Appfrica & MetaLayer) talks about why data needs to be open and how to make it more accesible to non-technical users.
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Why aren’t there more of a focus in books or film, about African innovations in business?
Not about its colonial history, its artists and musicians, its Dictators and tribes, its poverty and wars, its animals and wildlife…but work simply about doing business in Africa?
That was the question I asked myself before undertaking THE CHEETAH CODE. After spending several years living and working in the continent, it dawned on me that there were few resources available to those interested in doing business in, or with, the continent.
THE CHEETAH CODE is the culmination of several years of research in my time as a technologist, small investor, and activist. The book is about Africa’s young creative class, its expanding technical capacity, and entrepreneurs.
It is not a about philanthropy, poverty, or scapegoating foreign corporations. It is about contemporary business, economics, societal trends, and technology that happens to be told from the African perspective. It will be made available as a documentary film, and book.
If you find the above concept compelling, you can help make this project a reality by backing it on KickStarter.com! Those of you interested in the project who live abroad, email me privately at email@example.com
TED Global 2010 wrapped up last week in Oxford, UK. As a TED Senior Fellow, I’m lucky in that I’ve now attended three TED events and I’ll also go to the next three. To be totally honest I’m hooked, so even after my Fellowship is over I’ll continue to fork over the $6,000 per ticket (not including travel) to keep attending if I can afford it.
At TED Global in Oxford, UK this week TED and Nokia announced a partnership to bring TED talks to Africa and other developing parts of the world using the technologies that scale best, the mobile phone.
Using the soon to be released Nokia N8, TED plans to ship phones pre-loaded with TED talks (curated by TEDx organizers in those countries) to many parts of the world. These phones will be free to TEDx organizers in different countries and will feature 16gb of storage, a powerful projector for slides or playing back videos, an HDMI video camera, bluetooth, wifi and GPS. They will also ship with apps for audio and video editing.
Here are some of my notes from a discussion lunch that took place around the announcement:
– One of the Nokia reps pointed out that “Phone numbers used to represent locations not necessarily people.” This has changed a bit in that the reverse is often the case now, especially in developing countries.
– He also said that the “Kodak moment of the 21 century is the sharing of the moment.” Suggesting that it’s no longer enough to just capture the moment, people now want to share via social media with family and friends.
– Soon there will be 1 billion mobile users, 80% with gps enabled phones.
– Location based recommendation services are the new concierge maps.
– The goal is to get the ‘long tail’ of the world producing their own TED events and talks.
TED, the international conference of big ideas, and even bigger names, has opened it’s archive for broadcasters all over the world to use for free. Previously TED talks, filmed at the ultra exclusive TED conferences, were only available via the TED.com website (prior to 2007 they were only available by actually being there.) Find out where TED Talks are currently being broadcast here.
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.
One of the biggest critiques against TED has always been that it’s exclusivity was elitist. This move (especially when coupled with the TED Prize and Fellows program) eviscerates that argument and truly shows that the people behind TED are committed to not just getting people thinking about changing the world, but actually getting people to put their money where their minds are to change it.
In full disclosure, I’m a TED Senior Fellow which means I’ve been to two TED conferences and spoken at both and I’ll be going to a few more over the next few years. I also co-organized TEDxKampala last year and TEDxMission a few weeks ago in San Francisco.
Above Sir Ken Robinson talks about how schools kill creativity in one of the most popular TED talks of all time.
This week we’ll be distributing all the talks recorded last week at TEDxKampala. What was TEDxKampala? On November 23rd, 2009, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web dropped by Kampala, Uganda for our first ever TEDx. The event was facilitated by UNICEF who graciously provided catering, snacks and the venue; and co-organized by the Uganda Linux Users Group. Simply put, the event was incredible! Stephen Boyera of the World Wide Web Foundation offered the keynote talk, while Ron Nixon from the New York Times dropped with arguably one of the most interesting talks of the day where he presented his app Ujima which tracks spending too and from African countries. Solomon King of Node Six gave a moving talk on how he became a ‘famous citizen journalist’ for simply blogging about his experiences during the Kampala riots. Paul Bagyenda of Digital Solutions offered advice for young tech entrepreneurs, while Paul Asiimwe of Sipi Law Uganda talked about the importance of intellectual property law and digital rights to protect content and content producers.
The video below shows the event introductions by Sharad Sapra, myself, Reinier Battenberg, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others…
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web visits Kampala to discuss the history of the web as well as the future of the semantic web, the mobile web, and Africa’s opportunities. Recorded at TEDxKampala on Nov 23, 2009.
As the world becomes an increasingly interconnected and truly global marketplace, it becomes ever more important to learn and understand the history, culture and economic roles of nations around the world. Africa is no exception, and this collection of lectures, many from renowned scholars, researchers and innovators, will help you better understand the many varied regions of Africa and the continents changing role in the world marketplace.
(via the excellent Foreign Policy Blogs Network)