Is it me or is “Jo’burg” starting to feel like the Silicon Valley of Africa. Just earlier today I was letting you guys know about Tech4Africa, and now here comes another conference with even bigger heavy hitters in the mobile/tech space lined up with speaking roles.
This from the MobileActive08 website:
The three-day event convenes key stakeholders that will explore mobile technology in support of social action. At MobileActive08 you will explore how mobile phones are used to advance civil society work, assess the current state of knowledge in the use and effectiveness of mobile technology to advance social action, and investigate trends, needs and investment opportunities.
As far as the lineup is concerned, I noticed that there’s this guy called Bill Gates, apparently he’s taking a few days off from filming commercials with Jerry Seinfeld to present a yet to be described session No word yet on if it’s the real Bill Gates.
So if you are attending the aforementioned Tech4Africa, get two conferences for the price of one flight by heading on over to their website and registering.
Oh, I almost forgot. There’s also this guy named David Sasaki, of Global Voices fame. Apparently he’s great in the Citizen Media category (hint, hint). Don’t forget to sign up for his session, “Mobiles in Citizen Media: Compiling Apps and Best Practices.”