Nairobi, Kenya: Africa’s New Tech Hub?

Silicon Savanna“ is the title of a Time Magazine article on how mobiles are rapidly changing Africa – and how Africans shape technology. Author Alex Perry collects evidence on how and why Kenya is now becoming Africa’s new tech hub. He reports from the mobile development conference Pivot25 in Nairobi.

Perry gives an informative overview on the topic, recent history of tech in the region, and international and local IT companies based in Kenya, such as m-Pesa, Ushahidi, and Google’s African headquarter. He also points out Kenya’s new and radical adoption of an open data strategy:

In the first week of July, Kenya’s government will become the first in Africa — and one of the first in the world — to be completely data open.

via AlanMJackson

But there’s also criticism. Blogger Robert Alai complains that while Kenya and specifically Nairobi are promoted as new places for ICT innovation, the methods of doing that are not inclusive.

Promo Video of Pivot25:

PIVOT25: East Africa’s Biggest Mobile Tech Event from Pivot25 Conference on Vimeo.

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