17 August 2011

Act Now: Vote for Africa, Tech and Women SXSW Panel

I tried to give it a go last year with the Smart Aiders. We didn't make the final cut. I made the suggestion to TMS Ruge that he do a panel this year. If it was I that had any influence over his decision to apply does not matter, he has applied and you should vote for it. In case you want to learn more about the panel you will be voting for:
Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development

TMS Ruge – Project Diaspora

Ebele Okobi-Harris ‐ Yahoo!
Liz Ngonzi ‐ New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising
Isis Nyong'o ‐ InMobi Africa
Milly Businge ‐ Kikuube Village Council

This panel provides a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development. The panel aims to dispel the myths about African women as breeders and victims -- incapable of participating in their own continent’s development, by: (1) showcasing contributions they are making in the technology field – through entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and community leadership; and (2) providing insights into how they are using technology to raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations. The panel will specifically explore how African women are using technology to make an impact through: - Digital advocacy to protect people’s rights - Social media to help grassroots organizations engage new supporters worldwide - Mobile advertising to enable small businesses to access new markets - Internet connectivity to integrate the often unheard community voices into the global conversation on development Throughout the discussion, panelists will provide anecdotes on how the resulting increased access to information, is altering the role of women in African society.

Questions Answered
What is the role of women in Africa's fast emerging digital landscape and what types of contributions are they making?
How is technology improving the everyday lives of women on the continent?
What is the negative impact of increased access to information, on the role of the African woman in her society?
What are the opportunities and connections technology is facilitating between women in the Diaspora and on the continent?
Given the increased adoption of mobile phones in Africa and the rise of its middle class, what opportunities exist for marketers interested in targeting African women?
Don't forget to vote by going here.