Erik HersmanLeading Technologist + Innovator
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“Change happens at the frontier”
Erik Hersman is an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who is passionate about the boundless potential of technology innovation in Africa. He is the co-founder of Ushahidi, which allows users to share breaking news through text messaging and empowers journalists, watchdog groups, and everyday people around the world. He founded the iHub in Nairobi which is the epicenter of Kenya’s booming tech industry and brings together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers, and the investment community.
He is the founder of the BRCK, a physically robust way of connecting to the internet that is able to connect to multiple networks, act as a hub for all local devices, and has enough backup power to survive a blackout.
He is a general partner in the Savannah Fund, which makes seed investments in Africa’s tech startups.
Hersman grew up in Kenya and Sudan and keeps two influential blogs: WhiteAfrican, where he writes about technology on the African continent, and AfriGadget, a group blog that celebrates African ingenuity.
- TED Senior Fellow
- PopTech Faculty Fellow
- Video of Erik talking about BRCK;
- Watch Erik talk about ‘Africa on the rise’
- Erik talking about Ushahidi