I am taking this from the White African, an interesting blog about all things Africa focusing quite a bit on the adoption of technology and developments along those lines.

Judging by the list of upcoming technology events in and about Africa, one can see a ramping up of sorts of developments on the continent. One can even see a few barcamps in there, which seems like the ideal construct for a technology event aimed at certain areas of the continent.

In my own very limited experience with technology in Africa, my only caveat is that one must differentiate between parts of Africa when speaking of the adoption of technology. South Africa and Egypt are on par with most European countries in regards to IT (if not bandwidth) and places like Senegal and Tunisia are not far behind (both due to their proximity to underwater cables). So, there are some dramatic improvements on the continent and a conference schedule like the following makes me believe that at least there is sufficient interest.

African Tech Events
Upcoming shows
Kumasi 07/15/09 Ghana International Development and Design Summit (IDDS)
Johannesburg 07/23/09 South Africa Mediatech Africa ‘09
Abidjan 07/24/09 Ivory Coast Barcamp Abidjan
Accra 08/14/09 Ghana Maker Faire Africa
Nairobi 09/23/09 Kenya AFRICON

Come and take a look at the website itself.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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