More than half of the 1 billion people in Africa carry a cell phone, but only 12% are online. In the last few years, mobile technologies have revolutionized everything from actual revolutions, to rural commodity pricing, to how people pay for bubble gum.
With the advent of inexpensive smartphones this year, the revolution is picking up steam. Huawei’s IDEOs has sold 350,000 handsets in Kenya since launching in January – a startling number for a country where 40% of the population live on less than $2 a day.
Developers around the world are responding to the emerging market with impressive speed and focus. Claire Hunsaker, from Samasource, will explore applications and integrations that are shaping frontier app development around the world.
Claire works at Samasource, a San Francisco-based social enterprise that connects people living in poverty with internet-based work through a proprietary platform. At Samasource, her hats have included leading product, strategy and field expansion, but these days she helps clients connect with Samasource data and content solutions as the head of Sales and Marketing. Her prior gigs have included LiveOps, social enterprise in rural Vietnam, and management consulting with Katzenbach Partners, where she led client teams at large technology companies and helped several non-profits with large-scale operational growth.
Claire holds a BA from Columbia, an MA from the University of London, and an MBA from Stanford.
In her spare time, she knits, plays with Drupal, and sets small fires in her kitchen.
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