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Saturday, March 9 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The $100bn Mobile Bullet Train Called Africa

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Innovation in Africa is the purest form: innovation out of necessity.
Not Angry Birds, the innovations emerging from Africa allow farmers to check where they can get the best price for their produce, fishermen to be warned about storms, people to check whether medicines they are buying have expired, and rural cellphone users to send mobile money to each other using text messages. Even the pay-as-you-go payment system was pioneered in Africa.
Mobile phones are one of the great success stories of the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in Africa. They are the 21st century equivalent of the railroad. Except it's a bullet train.
Africa is the world's fastest growing telecoms market, second in size only to Asia. More people in Africa have a mobile phone than electricity. Africa is a mobile-first continent, but it really is a mobile-only continent.
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Toby Shapshak

Publishing EditorStuff MagazineToby Shapshak writes and speaks about innovation, and how it differs in Africa. He is the editor and publisher of Stuff magazine. [http://stuff.co.za/] He co-hosts a TV show on CNBC Africa [http://j.mp/15tmyzb] ; and writes a weekly column for the Financial... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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