It’s midnight in Nairobi and the fireworks are burning the sky, crackling through the croton and bottlebrush trees we peer through from the Beeclan Guesthouse. Dogs across the city are crazed, making their own howling celebration. I arrived just 12 hours ago, and it’s already clear that this is a NEW YEAR for Nairobi, for innovators of all kinds in small businesses (low to high tech), and for Young Inventors worldwide, but in East Africa, especially. Continue reading
Welcome to the home of Young World Inventors, a blog dedicated to inspiring and connecting young inventors through insider stories about their projects in developing nations. Our innovators collaborate across cultures on inventive solutions for those who live on at the bottom of the pyramid–less than $2/day .
Over 86% of youth today say it’s important for their work to make a positive impact on the world. — from a study by Booz Allen Hamilton, Ernst & Young, Time Warner Continue reading
At YI2.0, we are committed to sharing the stories of social innovators. But what do we mean by this? We support young entrepreneurs who, rather than giving money to charity, are coming up with new ways to provide those at the bottom of the pyramid with affordable inventions that enable them to increase profits. Here’s what some of the social entrepreneur industries leading organizations have to say:
International Development and Design Summit (IDDS)– Emeka Okafor is a venture catalyst and entrepreneur who lives in New York City. He is the Maker Faire Africa curator and was the director for TED Global 2007 that took place in Arusha,Tanzania. His other interests include sustainable technologies in the developing world and paradigm breaking technologies in general. His blog, Timbuktu Chronicles seeks to spur dialogue in areas of entrepreneurship, technology and the scientific method as it impacts Africa.