Erik Hersman: own the africa narrative
“ingenuity born of necessity” Erik came up with a long list of different examples of ingenuity coming from Africa: a mobile phone charging system made by a bicycle dynamo, a biogaz system, or a mobile-security system, to name a few.
Erik encourages the attendance to own the Africa narrative: we are the ones who should tell our story and think beyond Madagascar/Africa.
Read more about the full TEDxAntananarivo Talk of Erik here.
Update: Here is the full slide of Erik during TEDxAntananarivo
Bio: Erik Hersman AKA the white african , a Senior TED fellow and on of the high-profile african bloggers is the guy behind afrigadget.com that showcases African creativity and ingeniusity for solving everyday life problems.
He is also the co-founder of ushahidi, which is a free and open source crowdsourcing platform that was initially used during Kenyan post-electoral crisis, and also during Madagascar 2009 crisis. The tool is continuing its spread and has also been used in Chile and Haïti.
As if that wasn’t enough, he also launched Nairobi innovation hub AKA IHub (Madagascar definitely needs to implement such concept so as to get more synergy for the burgeoning ICT sector)