San Francisco Meetup: What's Happening in African Tech?

MEST, Friday April 3rd 2015

Last night in San Francisco we gathered at Meltwater's HQ in the Financial District for an evening to chat about What's Happening in African Tech.

"We" meaning members of the African diaspora working in tech, individuals working for global companies creating tech solutions for African markets, and those who are involved in entrepreneurship and investment in the region or building and scaling tech businesses targeting Africa.

We kicked off the night with an introduction from Neal Hansch, MD of the MEST Incubator, and followed with presentations from:

• Jennifer Fong of, a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn't have internet access.

• Chris Folayan, CEO and Founder of Mall for Africa, a Nigerian ecommerce company that racked up $17 million in sales in 2014 by partnering with retailers like Barney's, Bloomingdales and Best Buy.

With Melwater's HQ being in San Francisco, MEST serves to bridge the gap and connect the dots between innovators in Africa and tech forces in Silicon Valley.

We host these "The Next Frontier" events every quarter in San Francisco, which is a great way for individuals to meet with like-minded organizations and individuals based in Silicon Valley, expand their African network and reach locally, and casually share stories and experiences of working on the continent.

We hope to see you at our next event here at Meltwater HQ!