Raised in Kenya and Sudan, Erik Hersman is a technologist and blogger, working at the intersection of disruptive ideas and new technology in Africa. He is a co-founder of Ushahidi, a free and open source platform for crowdsourcing information and visualizing data.  He is the founder of AfriGadget, a multi-author site that showcases stories of African inventions and ingenuity, and an African technology blogger at   He currently manages Ushahidi’s operations and strategy, and is in the founder of the iHub, Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community.  He is also a partner in the Savannah Fund, which provides seed capital for African tech startups.Erik is a TED Senior Fellow, a PopTech Fellow, a speaker, and an organizer for Maker Faire Africa.


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