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African tech developments, as told on Storify

November 18, 2012  »  WebNo Comment

Inspired by the British Prime Minister’s Office’s coverage of the recent “Open Up!” international development conference, we’ve decided to look at examples of how people are utilizing Storify to summarize African technology news and events.

storifyLaunched in 2011, the Storify platform allows users tell stories by curating social media (usually Twitter). In the past month, nearly 3 recaps per day have related to Africa.

Of those, more than 15 relate to African mobile, tech conferences, and other IT developments. They include:

  • Africa’s tech challenge: What are the promises and obstacles of Africa’s budding tech sector? Al Jazeera English’s ‘The Stream’ provides a variety of media to answer the question.
  • Recap of #CreativeCommonsKenya at @StrathU: A recap of a Creative Commons Kenya formative meeting.
  • TEDxSoweto sharing ideas: On 20 October TEDx had a meeting at the Soweto Theatre. See how it unfolded.
  • #TEDxNairobi 2012: A Recap: The third edition of TEDxNairobi celebrated the raconteur by challenging some of the nation’s best orators on the theme of reviving the long lost art of conversation.
  • African Mobile Computing Gets Recognised: Far from feeling like inhabitants of the forgotten continent, Africans have been busy carrying out their own digital revolution. Mobile phones are their instrument of choice.
  • Africa Com 2012: A visual Twitter summary of the annual event held in Cape Town.
  • VMK Tech: African IT Solutions: All about the company (and man) behind the first truly African tablet (from the Congo).
  • Social Good Summit 2012: A collection of impressions from the first two days of the conference held in multiple cities (including Nairobi and Mogadishu).
  • Mobile Phones In Africa: A variety of resources for those interested in the high level state of mobile in Africa.
  • Data Bootcamp Ghana: From October 24 to October 26, 2012 the first Data Bootcamp event was held in Ghana. In attendance were 30 journalists, 30 developers, and 30 digital creatives who want to help reinvent the way that the media works.
  • Tech4Africa & AngelHub Ignite #Twitch Competition: Condense an elevator pitch in a Tweet to describe your business/concept.
  • Should Social Media be criminalized in Nigeria?: Saharareporters asked if there is any place for social media to be restricted.
  • What’s #Next4Africa in Digital Activism?: A Twitter guest interview with Amara Nwankpa.
  • Open Access Africa, Cape Town 4-5 November: Updates and reflections from Open Access Africa and Berlin 10.
  • Africa’s Silicon Savannah: A couple of stories on mobile in Africa and Kenya.
  • AMLForum has provided coverage from the African Media Leaders Forum.
  • Sir Nigel routinely summarizes his weekly #263Chat on current issues in Zimbabwe.