“In East Africa, the technology scene is booming with techies who are making a difference in their communities through creativity and innovation. One of these individuals might just create the next big mobile app in the region.” Africa Review
The Nariobi tech scene was on full display at the Social Good Summit last weekend, with sessions on governance, entrepreneurship, gaming and more. Ashoka reported back with lessons learned from the event:
3 Takeaways from #SGSNairobi: Tie problems & solns in tech, the sky is the limit, proper regulation’s important, power of youth #sgsglobal
Xinhua correspondent Njoroge Kaburo writes the following:
Speakers examine how Somalia’s youth are using social media and technology to create opportunities for themselves and build a better future for their country
The UN-backed platform will stream live a first-of-its-kind discussion among Somali change- makers to the world from Mogadishu on Monday.
The platform, dubbed, the Social Good Summit is a global conversation on how technology and new media can be harnessed to address some of the world’s greatest challenges.
“Somali innovators, business owners, information technology experts, community activists, educators, journalists, government officials and development workers will come together to discuss how new technology is increasingly being embraced to rebuild the country,” the UNDP Communications specialist Aimee Brown said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Saturday.
Nairobi will be a central hub of the Social Good Summit, ensuring that Africa, home to half a billion people under the age of 20 (and 700 million mobile phone users!) is a major part of this global conversation.
Hosted by UNDP, the Social Good Summit in Nairobi will have a great line up of innovators and technology experts who’ll discuss ways to use new media to solve poverty and hunger in Africa. Speakers include:
Amira Mikhail, the renowned Egyptian blogger and key figure in the 2011 Egyptian pro-democracy protests.
Just A Band, the hugely popular Kenyan band who launched their first hit on Youtube.