For the first time ever, Social Good Summit comes to Africa

The 3-day global Social Good Summit is to extend its live panel discussions to Africa for the first time this year, with the event scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya on September 24.

The summit, held annually in New York, is jointly organised by mashable.com, the United Nations Foundation (UNDP), Ericsson, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 92Y, and, in Nairobi, the iHub.

The main event will be held in New York from September 22 to 24, bringing together a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve some of the greatest challenges faced in the world today.

This year’s main discussion will be “How to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and then to translate that potential into action.”

Some of the main points of discussion for the Nairobi panel will include:

*What role can digital technology play in governance and leadership around the world?

* How can new technologies help increase food production and distribution as the continent’s food demands soar?

* How has the Internet revolutionised business in Africa?

* How can the new technologies bridge gaps in services and infrastructure for communities everywhere?

* How can digital technology help save what’s left of Africa’s forests and wildlife?

The panel discussions from Nairobi — involving the most exciting tech companies and innovators — will be streamed live via social media and at the New York event.

Panel discussions can be viewed live from 4p.m. EAT on September 24 by logging onto Socialgoodsummit.com, while proceedings on Twitter can be followed using the hashtag #SGSNairobi for the Nairobi event or #SGSglobal for the international event.

Africa has been included in the global technology discussion at a time when there are over 700 million mobile phone subscribers. Out of world’s 29 fastest growing economies, 16 are from Africa, according to World Bank’s semi-annual Global Economic Prospects report.

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