AfriGadget at TEDGlobal

The last couple weeks have found myself, and a couple other AfriGadget team bloggers (1, 2, 3), traipsing across East Africa on our way to and from TEDGlobal. We were able to source a few really good stories that you’ll see coming online in the next couple of weeks.

AfriGadget Blogges
Some of the AfriGadget bloggers

While at TEDGlobal, I had the chance to talk on stage about African ingenuity and innovation at the most micro level. Needless to say, it was exhilarating. I gave examples of the stories we’ve published here over the last year. It was a lot of fun and I think people enjoyed it.

Of course, this high-flying adventure couldn’t all go smoothly. In fact, on Thursday, the last day of TEDGlobal and the day that some pretty big sites linked to us, our web host was hacked and we went down in flames. I was off to Uganda and had a terrible connection, and it wasn’t until today that I’ve been able to fix things.

So, thanks for your patience in all of this, and thanks for reading! We’ve got some pretty exciting ideas about this next year and will keep you informed as they happen.

[update: here’s a short audio slideshow of what I think I said…]

Author: Erik Hersman

Erik is the owner of White African, a blog about technology and Africa. He is the co-founder of Zangu, a new web and mobile phone application that he hopes will change communication in Africa. AfriGadget is another web project of his, not that he doesn't have enough of those already...

3 thoughts on “AfriGadget at TEDGlobal”

  1. Twenty or so odd years ago I used to participate in the Science Congress in Kenya. This is similar to the school Science Fairs in the US where I have participated as a judge. All I can say is that school kids (in the US and Kenya) can make better gadgets than most of the one’s featured on this blog. Just visit one of the high school Science fairs and see for yourself.

  2. Great content and ideas. Maybe it is just me, but the singing in the background was making it hard for me to understand the narrator who was kind of quiet.

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