mobile phones

0 Which African city Tweets the most?

A new map shows the tweets sent out from Africa’s 20 most populated cities, in the period of 24 hours. Geo-located tweets were tracked over the last three months of 2013 to determine the trends. Coming in number one is Johannesburg with 344,215 geo-located tweets. The top five include Ekurhuleni…

2 The explosion of mobile phones in Africa in two graphs

Billionaire investor Kerr Neilson is betting on Africa in part because of its mobile revolution. “To have reliable information about anticipated weather conditions and prices of agricultural products, to be able to transmit funds to relatives in remote and distant villages, to be able to access healthcare advice on one’s…

0 How a prize-winning computer programmer fights poverty

Yaw Anokwa If you’ve ever spent time in a hospital in the developing world, you see all kinds of problems. Sometimes conditions are decrepit, or the facility is understaffed, or it’s charging too much for healthcare. Then there’s “the paper problem.” Data about each patient – name, age, symptoms, everything…

1 UNICEF Gets a Little Bit Cooler and More Innovative

Erica Kochi and Christopher Fabian work together on mapping the future of innovation at UNICEF House, New YorkSusan Markisz Celebrities often fill the pages of the annual TIME 100 list. The 2013 list fulfills that trend with the inclusion of Beyonce, Sheryl Sandberg, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake. A more…

0 Phone animations for poor farmers

The Science and Development Network has a very cool story about a project that aims to use animation sent over mobile phones to provide poor farmers in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world with valuable technical information or health advisories … or whatever. Here’s the story at SciDev.net There…