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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 7, 2011

Futures of Technology in Africa


Futures of Technology in Africa

by Jasper Grosskurth

Sub Saharan Africa is undergoing a period of rapid technological change. The mobile phone is the first infrastructure, that affordably and reliably reaches all corners of the continent. Data and money transfer networks piggy-back on this development. But fundamental changes also take place in other technology intensive sectors, including energy, transport infrastructure and agriculture. These changes will fundamentally affect the activities of all societal players, including businesses, governments, academics and NGOs. Technology will be an enabler for more efficient markets, for spreading and collecting information, for trading, and for accountability. However, not all changes will be positive. The same technology is likely to have disruptive effects as well and ICT will be put to very bad use.

Jasper Grosskurth is a futurist and has written a book about these developments. At the iHub, on 14 April, 6pm, Jasper will present the findings of his 3 year project exploring ‘Futures of Technology in Africa’ and discuss the relevance for the iHub crowd and their products. The project is based on visits to six African countries, interviews on location, a number of participatory workshops, and a wide network of experts.


A free download of his book, videos of past presentations and further info are available at

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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