International SIG: Web Africa – Opportunities and Challenges




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    Topic: Web Africa –  Opportunities and challenges on the next Internet frontier

    Internet  penetration in Africa is among the lowest in the world: only 5.6% of total  population of that continent which amounts to 54 million users (12/2008). Yet,  as broadband connectivity improves in cities and beyond of this huge and  diverse continent, a major revolution is underway.
    With Internet  penetration forecast to quickly increase and overall economic growth even in  the midst of global economic turmoil, the African web market will be hard to  ignore.
    From Cairo to Cape Town, outsourced development houses  are supporting companies all over the world and innovative young tech startups  are building products for both a global and a local African audience. Across  the continent, major corporations such as Google, Microsoft and IBM have  launched innovation centers to tap local talent and ideas. Meanwhile, numerous  projects are underway to bring faster Internet access to the continent through  long awaited undersea fiber cables.
    Join us next month as we  explore the opportunities and challenges in the African web market with  speakers working on ventures in North, East and South Africa.   
    -      What will drive  Internet penetration in Africa?
    -       Is Africa ready to be a major IT outsourcing  destination?
    -      How are African  entrepreneurs tackling the local web market?
    -       Can African web ventures succeed  globally?
    -      What does the growing  African web market mean for Silicon Valley?



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    $10 for SDForum members
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    Menlo Park, CA


    6:30 PM Registration and Networking and Pizza
    (Thank you to our food sponsors: Orrick and - "Helping create jobs in Sub Saharan Africa by creating US pull for unique hand made pieces")
    7:00 PM -8:40 PM Presentations

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