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Global Forum 2012 Presentation:  Amadou Daffe, Code4Africa on Platforms to Grow Innovation

Global Forum 2012 Presentation: Amadou Daffe, Code4Africa on Platforms to Grow Innovation






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  • To introduce something newMake changes in anything establishedTo disrupt the status quo
  • *iHub_ – Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area.
  • 22+ tech hubs and counting: The African tech hub boom has arrived
  • ICT SWOT – International standards i.e.: Amount of International Bandwidth important for Internet Service quality. International bandwidth very low in Africa by international standards. 50.40 megabits per second mb per capita in developed countries, in Africa the average is 0.06 mb per AfricaInternet very expensive in Africa fixed broadband very between $50 and $150 very high by international standardsThe price of one minute peak rate call to developed countries from is significantly higher than international standardsThe price of broadband Internet provided via wireless networks is lower than over fixed lines but is still high by international standards.Although broadband prices have begun to fall, service is still expensive by international standards and far out of reach for the majority of Africans.

Global Forum 2012 Presentation:  Amadou Daffe, Code4Africa on Platforms to Grow Innovation Global Forum 2012 Presentation: Amadou Daffe, Code4Africa on Platforms to Grow Innovation Presentation Transcript

  • PLATFORMS TO GROW INNOVATION A coders4africa’s perspective A combination of:Smart learning Problem Solving Build Capacity
  • This is what innovation looks like
  • Coders4Africa formula to insure innovation growth Smart Learning Monetize Build & Sustain Solutions
  • Number of members and groups Ex. of groups
  • Smart Learning• Coders4Africa practical project training model – Real Projects – Real Clients – Learn by doing – Currently taking place in Senegal – Training program starts • Kenya in February 2013 • Ghana in March 2013
  • Project based training Happening right now in Dakar,Senegal
  • Example of products being built:Daral: Farmers and Cattle herding management system - Client: Amadou Sow(Secretary of the Union of farmers of Fatick, Senegal)
  • Example of products being built:GeoPharma: Management of Pharmacies and health facilities in Senegal - Client: SenegaleseAssociation of Pharmacies
  • Monetize & Sustain• ICT Hub• Fuel the ideas• Focus on mobile and web• Focus on Young start-ups• Access to knowledge, networks and financial resources
  • African Strengths African Opportunities• Growing ICT infrastructure • Global growth of ICT industry ($500+ (Broadband connections & Mobile) Billion market)• Strong understanding about • Africa as an Economic Bloc (pop ~1 importance of using ICT4Dev billion)• Growing entrepreneurship • Growing interest in ICT applications to• Growing Investor Interests address challenges of the continent• Closer integration within continent • ICT Centers of Excellence popping up• Unified Market of ~1 billion people across Africa (Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University)African Weaknesses African Threats• Non-ICT infrastructures still under • Increased Global competition development • Pace of human capacity development• Better business environment still not meeting growing needs under development • Slow expansion of intra-African markets• Lack of skilled labor force to fuel • International Internet bandwidth growth growth below global standard• Lack of international recognition • Cost of Internet is high • Regulation, taxes, other costs– a burden
  • How does initiative like C4A scale?• Funding – To strengthen the capacities of its 4 current chapters in Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Burkina Faso – To spread to more African countries in 2013 as well as attract more members/students – To create hub/lab in each country we operate in• Partnerships with private and public agencies – To bring us more visibility, capability and innovative projects.
  • Q&A & Contact Info• Amadou Daffe CEOCo-Founder Coders4Africa Inc. 554 N Frederick Avenue Suite 216, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 USA Phone: 856-313-1989 www.coders4africa.org amadou.daffe@coders4africa.org