African News Innovation Challenge Update

Posted in: Uncategorized- Aug 21, 2012 No Comments

Mark you calendar’s for September 10th, when the African News Innovation Challenge finalist will be announced during the annual HighwayAfrica conference in South Africa per News Challenge Facebook message you can read here. If you interested in state of art analysis of African news organization see this great report from same great folks running news challenge.  I’ve [...]

Leading African Media Organization Announces $1 Million Fund for News Innovation

Posted in: Media, News- Aug 08, 2012 No Comments

The African News Innovation Challenge is looking to transform the way that African media work with significant and tangible improvements to existing tools or techniques, or new ways for African journalists to gather news, tell stories, engage with audiences, or sustain media organizations. Next2 has joined with PenPlusBytes in proposing The African Citizen Journalist Exchange Network (ACJEN) as a [...]


Posted in: Social, Uncategorized- Aug 02, 2012 No Comments

Next2 Featured in ICT UPDATE for Agriculture

Posted in: Agriculture- Aug 02, 2012 No Comments

A simple exchange system for farmers. Farmers in Kenya and Nigeria use a unique SMS service to share information. We are excited that Next2 has been included in current issue of ICT Updates a bi-monthly publication that highlights innovation in agriculture in Africa, Asia, Pacific and Latin America emerging markets This issue of ICT Update highlights ICT Innovation [...]

Large networks of engaged users in Africa (part 2) — mobile money.

Posted in: M-Pesa, Mobile Money, Telcoms, Uncategorized- Mar 08, 2012 2 Comments

Thus solution (M-Pesa) aimed at improving economic activity for the poor needed ‘non poor’ actors in the ecosystem in order to inject cash into the system and thus make it flow and grow initially. Niti Bhan writing in Afrinnovator, March 5, 2012 This is a continuation in our thinking about how large networks of engaged users will [...]

Large networks of engaged users in Africa

Posted in: Social, Uncategorized- Mar 05, 2012 No Comments

Fred Wilson, of Union Street Ventures (Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr), often talks about their investment thesis of “building large networks of connected (engaged) uses.”  These new markets are a “networked” architecture rather then a hierarchical model.  And, rather then looking for startups that sell software, or services, to established market participants, they look for startups that enable [...]

Simple QR codes by SMS

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 01, 2012 No Comments

QR codes (Quick Response Codes) are convenient way to access information on mobile phones. When you scan or read a QR code with your iPhone, Android or other camera-enabled Smartphone, you can link to digital content on the web; activate a number of phone functions including email, IM and SMS; and connect the mobile device to [...]

Pinwheel: Location based storytelling

Posted in: LBS, Social- Feb 25, 2012 No Comments

Caterina Fake new startup Pinwheel is in private beta.   Storytelling around place seems to cover a wide range of possible applications, everything from checkins, recommendations, to hyperlocal news and citizen journalism could all involve a location based, storytelling service.  I am really looking forward to how Pinwheel grows; especially after reading  Liz Gannes article [...]

A SMS to IP messaging bridge

Posted in: SMS, Telcoms- Feb 25, 2012 No Comments

Kevin Fitchard of GigaOm writes SMS 2.0 could make its first appearance at MWC it will be interesting to see how this story plays out with operators and in the market for number of reasons.   There is not much detail but as I understand it the proposed solution both enhances SMS with features found in instant [...]

Next2′s co-founder @emekaokoye speaking at Mobile Web East 2012 #mwe2012

Posted in: SMS- Feb 08, 2012 No Comments

Emeka Okoye, Next2′s co-founder is speaking at this years Mobile Web East conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Emeka will be speaking on Thursday, February 23rd at 11:50 am Utilising mobile technology to make a difference during elections by increased advocacy, activism and mobilization: How a mobile application made a difference to the Nigerian 2011 elections. Mobile [...]