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 atwww.stt.nl/AfricanFutures.