Frugal Innovation: The Challenges and Opportunities of Technology in Africa

A session at Blacks in Tech at SXSW Interactive

Saturday 9th March, 2013

11:30am to 12:30am (CST)

The global technological landscape is shifting. This is perhaps most felt in Africa, where the challenges and the opportunities for a technology-driven future are great. ThoughtWorks opened our first African offices in Johannesburg and Kampala last year with a fierce social agenda to create a more inclusive tech community. At the heart of all of our activities is the practice of Frugal Innovation. We will discuss what Frugal Innovation is as illustrated by the panelists’ experiences and observations. Partnerships and platforms are informed by keeping Frugal Innovation at the forefront. A greater emphasis is put on open source technologies and projects that will reach a greater audience via regionally-prevalent technologies like SMS. We hope that the attendees of BiTHOUSE will leave with a better understanding of how we, as individuals and as organizations, can make a difference in the industry.

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Montra Ellis
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Michael Martin
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Damilola Olutayo
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Rebecca Parsons
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Toby Shapshak

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7 attendees

  • Damilola
  • LekanB
  • Michael B. Martin
  • Montra Ellis
  • Rebecca Parsons
  • Toby Shapshak
  • Sola O.

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Time 11:30am12:30am CST

Date Sat 9th March 2013


BiT House | Red River Room, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

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