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Disruptive innovations tocny 2013

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TOCNY Presentation by Michael Smith from Worldreader, discussion on Disruptive Innovations in the developing world: E-readers & Mobile Phones

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Disruptive innovations tocny 2013

  1. 1. Disruptive Innovations1. Initially offers a lower performance according to what the mainstream market has historically demanded2. At the Same time it provides some new performance attributes, which in turn makes it prosper in a different market3. As it improves along the traditional performance parameters, it eventually displaces the former technology. 350 300 250 200 Series1 150 100 Series2 50 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  2. 2. #TOCDI #TOCCON Disruptive Innovations 2/14/2013 Michael Smith michael@worldreader.org @rothwellsmith www.worldreader.org #TOCDI #TOCCON
  3. 3. 10,000 2010 March kids 20 kids428,436 e-books…. 100 e-books and growing
  4. 4. 1,200,000.001,000,000.00 800,000.00 600,000.00 Series1 400,000.00 200,000.00 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  5. 5. E-Reader Projects• Ghana• Rwanda• Uganda• Kenya• Tanzania• Zimbabwe• South Africa• Ethiopia• Nigeria• Malawi• The Gambia• South Sudan• Cote D’Ivoire• Liberia• Sierra Leon
  6. 6. Is E-reader Program a Disruptive Technology? North America, Europe, Australia? YES / NO? Africa & the Developing World? YES / NO?
  7. 7. What Next? #TOCDI, #TOCCON
  8. 8. Africa is a Mobile-Only Continent• More People Own a Mobile Phone than a toothbrush• 1 Billion People in Africa and there are over 800million Active Sim Cards• 450 million mobile phones in Africa, almost one for every two people here.• USAID claims that every household in Africa has access to a mobile phone• 77% of Global Mobile Subscriptions are in Developing Countries, #TOCDI #TOCCON
  9. 9. When Worldreader came to me and asked if Idlike to donate a story, I immediately said "Yes!".When it comes to literature and education, one of the biggest issues in developing nations is getting physical books to the people who want to read them. Worldreader is using technologyin precisely the way Ive wanted to see in a long time. Nnedi Okorafor #TOCDI #TOCCON
  10. 10. 3-4G Infrastructure needed World’s wealthiest people 1 billion users by end IOS, Android, Blackberry, etc. 2013 Worldreader android app on Google Play Cheap Smartphones Infrastructure – 2G / 2.5G ($100+) 1 billion WR App on biNu phones Upgrades as smartphones are cheaper, but the infrastructure is lagging 4 billion phonesOnly Voice and SMS Feature Phones ($30+)Only SMS based book World’s poorest people Upgrades as feature phones become cheaperdelivery possible Basic Phones (under $30)
  11. 11. 1200 books and counting.

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