Austin, TX – In the age of rapid globalization of ideas, products and services, it can be hard to see how an app can change the developing world. With that in mind, a group called “Developers Doing Development,” housed in East Austin’s Chicon Collective will be hosting a networking exchange with 25 of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs and business owners from 18 different countries. It is a first-of-its-kind mashup of technology, business, and the developing world in Austin. The event, held in partnership with the International Office at the University of Texas at Austin, will occur July 8th, at the former 301 Chicon Street Bus Depot.
Backed by the White House and President Barack Obama, the 25 fellows of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders have been touring Austin for the last several weeks, learning from some of Austin’s best and brightest to develop international ties and to inspire a new age of innovation and entrepreneurship across the whole of Africa.
A series of fortunate events have led both groups on a crash-course of international proportions. Lead by Michael Henderson, Developers Doing Development is aimed at bridging all corners of the earth around the idea that “Technology and entrepreneurs should lead the way.” He says “Oftentimes technology is cydia tweak to see private instagram an afterthought in international development work. Many people think that technology that is useful here is applicable everywhere in the world, and that’s just not true.”
The goal of Developers Doing Development is to harness the power of technology, and apply it to the challenging realities that people face in developing countries-many of which aren’t apparent to the average Austinite.
Special guest artist “Jabu Mbara” from the Kingdom of Lesotho will perform!
Both organizations will come together on Tuesday, July 8th to connect these leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists, and developers both from the African continent and the Austin start-up community. It windll begin at 6:30p.m at 301 Chicon Street, Austin, TX, 78702. Further details can be found at http://www.doingdevelopment.com
Event Photos (updated July 19, 2014):
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