The Social Revolution: Rise of the Mobile Phone


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Talk presented at the first Betavine Mobile Developer Day in Cape Town.

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The Social Revolution: Rise of the Mobile Phone

  1. 1. @MarlonParker The Social Revolution: Rise of the Mobile Phone
  2. 2. Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
  3. 4. 1.1 billion people had consumption levels below $1 a day 2.7 billion lived on less than $2 a day Poverty
  4. 5. Health
  5. 6. Education
  6. 7. Finance
  7. 8. Infrastructure
  8. 12. 4.5 Billion
  9. 13. 91% of mobile phone users go online to socialize compared to only 79% of PC users 67% are likely to rally support for a cause 95% use mobile web to keep informed Over 100 Million Mobile Facebook users 60% are likely to use mobile phones for transactions Elderly are more eager to learn mobile phones than PCs Youth are expert users and more likely to buy Women express themselves more than Men via mobile phones
  10. 15. Access to Health Information & Services
  11. 16. Millions of transactions a Day
  12. 17. Employment opportunities
  13. 18. mLearning and mLiteracy
  14. 19. Mobile Citizens Journalism
  15. 20. Mobile Counselling 3:41 PM @mxit: i've got this friend of mine i don't know whats wrong with her she tried commiting suicide a couple of times and she smokes weed how can i help her? 3:46 3:42 PM  me : hw old is she? how old is your friend 3:45 PM @mxit: She's 14 PM   me : do her parents knw dat she tryd 2 commit suicide? 3:47 PM I c.Do you know why your friend wants to commit suicide?    that is young so does her parents know she is smoking 3:50 PM  @mxit : Ja her parents know they caught her smoking it so she tried 2 commit suicide and i want to help her but i don't know how 3:52 PM  me : Does she mix with friends who smoke? 3:53 PM  @mxit :Ja we are 6 in the group 4 of them are smokers its just me and my sister who dont smoke 3:54 PM  me : Wil she spk 2 sum1 in person if she cn get help? 3:53 PM  @mxit :Ja she wants hlp and I dnt know what 2 do 3:55 PM me: which area do u live? 3:56 PM    @mxit: In pta 3:56 PM me: we will gt sum1 in pta 2 help. Can u wait online 4 da numbers?   3:58 PM @mxit: k
  16. 21. # of Subscribers: + 80,000 # of Interactions: +2,500,000
  17. 24. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
  18. 25. Reconstructing Communities through Innovation
  19. 26. Thank You [email_address] Marlon Parker @marlonparker marlonct +2721 469 1138 +2721 637 4037 +2776 403 4920