Tech Trend Talks: The Future of Technology in Africa

THE FUTURE OF TECH WILL BE WRITTEN IN LAGOS, NAIROBI, KAMPALA AND CITIES ACROSS AFRICA. TODAY THE CONTINENT CAN BOAST OF ABOUT 300 TECH HUBS IN 93 CITIES ACROSS 42 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, COMPARED TO NONE JUST A DECADE AGO." - JEREMY JOHNSON, CEO ANDELA

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When talk turns to technology trends, it should also turn to Africa – because that’s where some of the world’s cutting-edge innovation is happening right now. As a result, TINK Africa, a Trends Intelligence Company in Lagos, hosted Tech Gurus and enthusiasts over the weekend to discuss The Future of Technology in Africa.

Professionals in mobile technology, e-commerce, tech hubs, tech story tellers, programmers, coders, gamers and other titles involved with tech came in for a heart to heart yet professional discourse on what role Africa will be playing technology-wise in the future.

Meet the Panelist

Wole Ogundare is currently the Managing Director at Yudala Limited. He has spent the last 22 years as an enterprise expert focused on business building, market expansion strategies, governance and financial inter-mediation for current and potential investors in Sub Saharan Africa. His varied experience portfolio revolves around the following sectors: retail, marketing communications, telecoms, FMCG, power, solid minerals, financial services, health and agriculture.

Tristan Hall is a Techie, Photographer, and Entrepreneur who is currently working as Smartphone Product Manager in Lagos, Nigeria for Samsung Electronics West Africa after a two-year period in the Africa Regional Office. Tristan has worked in Sales and Marketing roles even while writing, editing and publishing PhotoComment Magazine through first entrepreneurial years as co-founder of Comment Media.

Ndukwe Onuoha's Linkedin profile reads thus; I'm an ad man. I tell brand stories with human truths. I'm a poet; I put rhyme to reason. I love politics, and will someday want to work on a campaign strategy. I believe in Abia, and I know that one day, I will change it for the better. His specialties includes Campaign Strategy, Campaign Building, Scripting for Commercials, Branding, Political Strategy.

Muyiwa Matuluko is a co-founder, Editor-in-chief at Techpoint.ng

Here are quick points from the discourse.

If given a vote, technology should be the most used word after hello, given the fact that in Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives – especially mobile services and applications. With minimal fixed line phone infrastructure, the continent has embraced the opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies, becoming a world leader in the delivery of such services as well as helping to break down the barriers to energy through off-grid electricity, solar-powered phone chargers and the likes.

Noted as a continent of innovation, creativity and technology with Nigeria and Kenya being recognized as the fastest growing of the innovation hubs on the continent, the world is watching as she makes effort not to be left behind in the scheme of things.

 

Now, the hearing impaired can see

THIS TECHNOLOGY BROADENS THEATRE'S REACH TO AN UNTAPPED AUDIENCE AND ENABLES THOSE WITH HEARING IMPEDIMENTS TO ENJOY LIVE THEATRE IN A NEW WAY.

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A most recent statistics by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that,

About 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning. The global disability prevalence is higher than previous WHO estimates, which date from the 1970s and suggested a figure of around 10%. This global estimate for disability is on the rise due to population ageing and the rapid spread of chronic diseases, as well as improvements in the methodologies used to measure disability.
— http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report/en/

Streamlining disability to hearing, it has been recorded that vver 5% of the world’s population – 360 million people – has disabling hearing loss (328 million adults and 32 million children). Disabling hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than 40 decibels (dB) in the better hearing ear in adults and a hearing loss greater than 30 dB in the better hearing ear in children. The majority of people with disabling hearing loss live in low- and middle-income countries.

For decades people with some form of impairment and even special needs lived in an entirely different world because loads of limitations were left on them. They could not do what every other normal person would do. This dichotomy would have lasted the next decade thanks to technology. In this case, thanks to Samsung who in partnership with Leo Burnette Tailor Made birthed an innovative project titled, ‘Theater For All Ears,’ aimed at making it possible for the deaf or hearing impaired to enjoy live theater without the use of a sign language interpreter. 

The project kicked off in Brazil, in a partnership on May 12 at the Frei Caneca Theater. The play, O Pai (The Father), was attended by numerous people with hearing impairments who found their experience transformed by VR goggles.

Through this, Samsung wants to redefine the experience of live theater for those with hearing impairments using virtual reality. Although the hearing impaired have better access to services and products than ever before, live theater poses difficulties. An app for the Samsung Gear VR headset changes that by providing subtitles for the audience in real time.

According to Andrea Mello, Director of Corporate Marketing and Consumer Electronics of Samsung Brazil, “When we unite the theatre with Samsung technology we can change people’s lives. With this 'Theater For All Ears' initiative, we are offering a differentiated and special experience so that the deaf and hearing impaired can experience a show completely—being able to visualise the scenery, the staging, and the subtitles without losing any detail,”