Silicon Valley, California

New York —Africa is not only the second largest continent by size, it is also the second largest by population.  With this unique position, the need for information technology to both shape, and define the continent’s future is clear.  But technology start-up companies and investors stand ready to benefit a great deal from investing heavily in Africa.

Many young African information technology professionals are seizing the opportunity of Africa’s potential to develop products that serve not only Africa but the entire world.  The Voice of America has recently produced a documentary highlighting young Africans who are making an impact in the information technology world.

The role of technology in Africa’s development is to give power to the people—not electricity, which remains one of the continent’s biggest challenges, but rather the power to enable citizens to create a better future for themselves, free from continuous dependence on foreign aid and ineffective government.