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iHub By Jessica Colaço / September 3, 2010

“The Future of Kenya: what needs to happen for local services and apps to succeed.”


Russell Southwood looks at: the kinds of changes that will happen in Kenya over the next ten years, how the barriers to change might be broken down and the relationship between the ICT business and the broader economy and society. He sets out to try and understand what will produce the success factors for the growth of ICT services and apps businesses across Africa and why Kenya has a key role to play. From these broad arguments, he then focuses down on the needs and type of customers services and apps companies can potentially serve.

Russell Southwood is the CEO of Balancing Act, a consultancy and research company focused on telecoms, Internet and broadcast in Africa. The company’s clients include telecoms operators, ISPs, international fibre companies, investment companies, satellite companies, equipment vendors and donors like the World Bank. The company is ten years old and when it started, it ran entrepreneurship workshops for those interested in starting ICT businesses in four African countries. As part of its work, it produces three e-letters; one of which is a weekly in English about telecoms and Internet in Africa. He is the author of many reports on the industry including Mobile Internet: devices, content and advertising.

When: Friday 3rd  September 2010

Time: 6.00p.m – 7.00 p.m @ the iHub

Here is the recording of Russell’s talk:

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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