In 2002 I first travelled to Ghana. When I landed, I was given a Spacefon "chip" (Sim card) at the airport, and thus started my journey with mobile phones and innovation in Africa. It was only 2 years after I had started using my first mobile phone. The network wasn't always good, and there were … Continue reading Did you know the upcoming film Mobile Africa showcases the tech revolution?
Energy is on the main menu for discussions all over the world. The need for energy is destroying the planet at unexpected rates, but nevertheless, people still need it in greater quantities. Africa is a prime example. The continent will have greater and greater demand for energy the more it develops it's infrastructure and with … Continue reading Did You Know creating power in Africa can clean up the cities?
Africa is well practiced at taking innovative models from around the word and adapting them for the African setting. Blockchain technology is being used in a number of African solutions, such as the opportunity to invest in solar energy in South Africa. Crowdfunding is also blossoming across Africa, enabling small businesses to receive micro loans … Continue reading Did You Know the Uber model is changing Africa’s emergency services?
Money makes the world go round! Whether carrying around huge wads of cash, coins jangling in your pocket, plastic or mobile solutions, without money, we wouldn't get very far. With robots set to take many of the current jobs, the future may see us have a very different relationship to money, that is if money … Continue reading Did You Know Fintech innovation is changing African lives?
Smart used to be a term that was used in school to define the clever kid, but now seems to be used for anything which has a new design. From Smart cars and smart watches and even smart straps to tie things to the top of your car. (I actually saw these on Indiegogo last … Continue reading Did You Know Smart Cities solve African Problems?
The world energy situation is changing, and renewable innovations are speeding up seemly exponentially. With the big storms and terrible fires across the world this year, there is ever increasing discussion regarding climate change and how we source our energy. The rate of fossil fuel usage has stabilised, but carbon is still being pumped into … Continue reading Did You Know Africa is improving the wind turbine?
If you enjoy reading Inventive Africa and want to support the upkeep of the blog you can donate at . Thank you for your support! As a small innovator it is sometimes daunting to see the big firms in your space that you have to somehow compete with. In the technology sector there are the likes … Continue reading Did You Know even small collectives can be listed on the stock exchange?
Another week, another award ceremony showcasing African Innovation. And it is another popular one! The MTN Business App of the Year Awards took place on the 12th of October in Johannesburg. MTN, Africas largest mobile operator, is one of the continent leaders in the search for the next big African innovation. One the one hand, … Continue reading Did You Know MTN has awarded South Africa’s best apps of 2017?
If you have an interest in African innovation and technology, the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is probably an organisation you have come across in your reading. If the name doesn't ring a bell, they are the Swiss based organisation, founded by Swiss-Angolan entrepreneur Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, that runs the Innovation Prize For Africa (IPA). … Continue reading Did You Know African innovators can get comprehensive support online?
Last week, AppsAfrica announced their finalists for this years awards. Their awards ceremony will take place in Cape Town on the 6th of November 2017. We featured some of our favourites in our previous blog, but with such an exciting array of innovations, there simply wasn't enough space to feature more. So, in this blog, … Continue reading Did You Know you can find anywhere in the world with just 3 words?