A program called Signals hosted by Hackerspaces posted this audio interview about the African hacker and IT scene. The participants talk with the host about how African technical ingenuity is used to create solutions to challenges that are local or regional in origin but have potential to be applied globally.
The interview contains two talks, the first with Erik Hersman from the iHub in Nairobi, Kenya and a second one with Valery Colong from our own ActivSpace here in Buea, Cameroon. Erik discusses Ushahidi, the successful Kenyan-made platform used for crowdsourcing crisis information, election monitoring and more. Valery talks about his work with Agro-Hub, an innovative social business designed to make agricultural markets in Cameroon work to the benefit of farmers.
Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places where people with common interests, usually in computers, technology, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialise and collaborate. They are often structured as open community labs incorporating elements of workshops or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.