Editor's Note: Dayo Olopade is a Nigerian-American journalist and a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. This post is part of the Global Innovation Showcase created by the New America Foundation and the Global Public Square.
In Silicon Valley, the word “pivot” has a specific, even hallowed meaning. “Pivot means you adjust as necessary,” says Mbwana Ailly, an entrepreneur in residence at I/O Ventures, a startup investment company in San Francisco. “When a tech investor bets on a project, they’re betting on the team and their chops not only to develop a product, but to adjust as needed… Pivot means okay, this didn’t work, but let’s go!”
This spirit of maneuvering, creativity and clever workarounds is second nature in east Africa. If necessity is the mother of invention, the world’s youngest, least developed continent is the mother of necessity. Nairobi, Kenya was thus the perfect host to Pivot 25, a competition and showcase for the latest in mobile technology born on what’s being termed the "Silicon Savannah." Teams of developers from Kenya, Uganda, Rwandaand Tanzania descended on Nairobi for a grueling two days of presentations to potential users, fellow technologists and - most importantly - investors. FULL POST
Editor’s Note: Dayo Olopade is a Nigerian-American journalist and a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the NewAmerica Foundation. This post is part of the Global Innovation Showcase created by the New America Foundation and the Global Public Square.
By Dayo Olopade – Special to CNN
The global explosion of mobile phone technology has spawned a host of applications, products and services facilitating development outcomes from financial inclusion to improved maternal health. While these innovations have proven an essential lifeline for the world’s most vulnerable, most ignore the basic function of a mobile phone - its voice capacity. FULL POST