If it works in Africa it will work anywhere
October 5th, 2008

Erik Hersman talked at Picnic 08 on ‘Surprising Africa – what we can learn from Africa’ about the way they use Mobile Phones. Here is the slideshow of Erik’s presentation.

The truth about Africa is that there are some very interesting, and surprising, developments coming out of Africa. Every culture modifies use or the device itself to meet local needs – this is no different in Africa, and we’re seeing that evolution happen right before our eyes.

On Erik’s weblog White African you find the statistics and contextual info on some innovative payment systems.

Web strategist Eric Hersman founded Ushahidi a website that was developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Ushahidi’s roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis.

Erik is also known from AfriGadget, a website dedicated to showcasing African ingenuity. A team of bloggers and readers contribute their pictures, videos and stories from around the continent. The stories of innovation are inspiring. It is a testament to Africans bending the little they have to their will, using creativity to overcome life’s challenges.

Also read about his ideas on mobile blogging and check out some more articles of Erik Hersman.


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