toby shapshak


[south africa]

intro’d to Toby here..

july 2013

Are the simplest phones the smartest? While the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs, says journalist Toby Shapshak. In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation.

all the places with lots of electricity – there isn’t innovation going on .. because we’re watching tv… where it’s happening is in africa – out of necessity

people are solving real problems… because we have to.. when we solve real problems for people… we solve them for the rest of the world at the same time..

africa isn’t mobile first.. it’s mobile only


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