The recent partnership between Andalem and NEPAD Business Foundation has a vision to become the driving force for a vibrant, job creating economy that stays on top of technology trends and that leverages the current African demographic dividend. It aims to build strong Public-Private-Social ecosystems to spark the creation of regional technology and open innovation clusters that generate new industries, and centers of excellence that closely study leapfrog opportunities in AU-NEPAD development frameworks.
Africa’s challenge for the next decade is to build on the African mobile wave, which has birthed mobile banking, to create innovative digital services in other sectors and continue the transformation. This will require creating frameworks for technological R&D and innovation by supporting intergovernmental and government-private sector collaborations.
The global scale of the Internet, the ubiquity of mobile devices, the ever-declining costs of cloud computing and storage, and an increasingly networked physical world create an explosion of data unlike anything we've seen before. “From the very beginning of time until the year 2003,” says Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, “humankind created five Exabyte of digital information. In 2013, five Exabyte are produced every ten minutes”.