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Where the lights are dim, the ideas are bright: Low-tech Africa is changing the world.


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In Africa, necessity is the mother of innovation. Technology journalist Toby Shapshak describes how life without high-tech digital gadgetry is turning Africa into an innovation gold mine and Africans into the avant-garde problem solvers of the world. getAbstract recommends Shapshak’s compelling, counterintuitive lecture to global investors, venture capitalists and anyone seeking the next big thing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why African technology is, by definition, “real innovation”;
  • How a lack of electricity drives innovation; and
  • How African innovators are solving the world’s problems.


From space, the African continent appears to lie in darkness, in stark contrast to economically developed countries, where light pollution from cities illustrates the vastness of the electrical...
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About the Speaker

Toby Shapshak is a technology and innovation journalist. As Stuff magazine’s editor and publisher, Shapshak provides a voice for African innovation on the global market.

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