The $100bn Mobile Bullet Train Called Africa

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Saturday 9th March, 2013

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

Innovation in Africa is the purest form: innovation out of necessity.
Not Angry Birds, the innovations emerging from Africa allow farmers to check where they can get the best price for their produce, fishermen to be warned about storms, people to check whether medicines they are buying have expired, and rural cellphone users to send mobile money to each other using text messages. Even the pay-as-you-go payment system was pioneered in Africa.
Mobile phones are one of the great success stories of the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in Africa. They are the 21st century equivalent of the railroad. Except it's a bullet train.
Africa is the world's fastest growing telecoms market, second in size only to Asia. More people in Africa have a mobile phone than electricity. Africa is a mobile-first continent, but it really is a mobile-only continent.

About the speakers

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Gareth Knight

Founder, Tech4Africa

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Toby Shapshak

Editor, Stuff/The Times

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  • Charm Narong
  • Don Soares
  • duke jones
  • LekanB
  • Gareth Knight
  • Rich Notarianni
  • Sarita
  • Toby Shapshak
  • Oscar Llarena
  • wilbertbaan

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  • Alan Botvinick
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Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Sat 9th March 2013


Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

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