The Geeks on A Plane are visiting 4 major African cities starting with Lagos Nigeria in a two and half-week tour.
The visit is intended to create interaction and future business linkages between Silicon Valley and Nigeria's ecosystem. The Geeks on A Plane are visiting 4 major African cities starting with Lagos Nigeria in a 2 and half-week tour. On the panel were curators of the tour which comprised of Dave Mclure, Founder 500 Start-ups (500 start-ups have made investments in 6 companies in Nigeria and other 5 across Africa and visited to learn more about the financial ecosystem in Lagos and Nigeria), Chris Burns, senior coordinator for digital development, USAID (He is part of global development lab which aims at bringing innovation technology and partnerships across sector based programmes in developing countries.
Currently focused on digital development using tools widely available to entrepreneurs especially the food security programme.), Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO, African Technology Foundation (He planned the event for about 2 years and is burdened with the task of walking the geeks through curated events across Africa. One of the marquee events is Geeks Meet Nollywood, which includes the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and will take place at an exclusive VIP event the Filmhouse IMAX later today.
The spotlight is on the influence of technology on media and entertainment and what can be improved upon.) Monique Woodard, major venture partner 500 Shades, 500 Start-ups a based in silicon valley but investing globally, Jeff Harbach, CEO, Kauffman Fellows. Chioma Ude founder AFRIFF and Gbenga Obadina.
They were targeted questions from the organisers with the first one directed at Dave Mclure the founder of 500 start-ups. The Geeks were looking to develop new products and services and searching for accelerators, investors and other venture capitalists to have more interest in the African continent and drive more technology, create jobs and of course make money!
They also discussed Smart phone penetration was a rich driver especially with the mobile revolution over the last 6 years. Nigeria seemed to be outpacing other countries in Africa in terms of numbers and use and that for USAID it meant more citizens could be reached directly with their programmes. With 45-65 percent of the people at the grass roots having access to mobile phones, this enables a drive for economic/financial inclusion and brings in the value of locally relevant content. Information could be provided to farmers and sick people thereby hopefully creating possibilities to improve the standards of living. He said USAID sought to maximise the use of technology