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Using Technology to connect Communities of Color around Health

The most important source of information for people making a day-to-day health decision, in many cases, is not a website, or even a clinician, but another person who shares the same condition. As mobile, social tools spread throughout the population, people are connecting with each other. Why not harness those tools for health?….Pew Internet research shows that when someone has a mobile device connected to the internet, they are more likely to share, to forward, to create, and to consume online information, from text to photos to videos. They are more likely to participate in the online conversation about health…Just like peer to peer file sharing transformed the music industry by allowing people to share songs, peer-to-peer healthcare has the potential to transform the pursuit of health by allowing people to share what they know and connect with other people.

This is an area I’ve been watching and thinking about for a while. I guess it’s somewhat related to my previous post on digital illiteracy. My theory so far is this: As communities of color become the majority in the United States, and digital communications and online communities continue to play a large part in accelerating conversations, health issues which are unique to those communities will take the spotlight and shift the domestic health and wellness industry. There are already signs of this happening, but it’ll be a while longer before the weak signals fuel a real shift. Any thoughts?

Radio took 38 yrs to get 50 million users, Angry Birds Space took 35 days [Infographic]

I recently came across this tweet from OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter:

Reading about the amazingly meteoric rise of their Draw Something app and subsequent sale of the comapany to Zynga, I got to thinking about the speed of adoption of technologies these days. It used to be that 50 million users was a milestone, but these days analysts like myself watch these stats pass without blinking. In the time it took me to write this post Rovio’s Angry Birds Space edition app surpassed Draw Something by reaching 50 million users in 35 days, setting a new record. Within the past 30 years, I’ve seen vinyl albums with only 6 songs give way to iPod nanos with 2000 songs. In the past 10 years alone technologies which were barely an idea before ahve infiltrated and disrupted whole industries almost overnight. It’s still easy for some to dismiss companies like Google and Facebook as anomalies, but when you look at the bigger trend, the truth can be scary for the unprepared. I put this infographic together to help me visualize and analyze the larger trend. Of course, much is omitted from the story like geography, infrastructure, governing laws, demographics etc, but the trend is amazing nonetheless. Feel free to use the infographic it if it’s helpful for you.


How long does it take to reach 50 million users?

Telephone ~ 75 years

Radio ~ 38 years

Television ~ 13 years

Internet ~ 4 years

Facebook ~ 3.5 years

iPod ~ 3 years

AOL ~ 2.5 years

Draw Something app ~ 50 days

Angry Birds Space app ~ 35 days


6 Digital Trends Shaping the Future of Health Care


I’ve been working with health brands for a number of years and, while the industry stays mostly under the radar in tech & media news, it’s been going through some major changes recently. From the transformation of the industry from “sick” care to true “health” care, to the tug of war between regulation and innovators, it’s a unique industry to watch and work within. As with all industries these days, the prevalence and accessibility of technology has been having a major impact and brands and marketers are struggling to adapt. I, for one, see great possibilities for innovation within health care both from within the industry and outside. In the presentation below I outline how I see technology diffusion affecting marketers and brands’ roles in the dialogue and practice of health and wellness. I’ve also presented examples for what I see are 6 digital trends that I believe will have the biggest impact on how physicians practice, patients learn & do, caregivers assist, and institutions manage health in the near future. As always, feedback is always welcome here or on twitter @gkofiannnan.



How the world’s cheapest ($35) Android tablet is ‘Made in India’

The new Aakash android tablet has shaken up the tablet industry primarily because of it’s price point: $35. Aimed at students, the tablet is being regarded as a innovative example both in global tablet industry and in the aid industry, where it’s being seen as an alternative to the controversial $100 One Laptop Per Child device. The Aakash tablet is being marketed as a “Made in India” success story in hopes of championing India’s manufacturing industry. In this video Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of UK-based tablet makers Datawind, speaks about the making of the Aakash and how they managed to keep the manufacturing price so low in India. The Aakash be sold as the DataWind Ubislate as of November 2011.

Why Nokia is doomed and Blackberry (RIM) is failing

Yesterday, Robert Scoble posted a really good opinion piece on the problems with Nokia’s current business strategy. In his view, Nokia is doomed because the company still fails when it comes to attracting the attention of app developers and influencers, two groups which are fueling Apple’s iPhone and IPad platform growth.

Why is Nokia in a poor spot? Because I’ve had several mobile executives visit my home carrying Nokia phones. Funny enough they always are also carrying iPhones and Android devices. I poke at the folks carrying all these devices. “Do you like the Nokia N8?” The answer is always “no.”

The thing that Tomi and Marko don’t admit is that Nokia’s strategy is in a deep hole with influencers and developers.

Now, do these folks matter? Not in the short term.

But in the long term? Oh, yeah. Microsoft is already learning how important they are. Why? Sales of Windows Phone 7 haven’t been very good at all. And Microsoft is already way ahead of Nokia. How? They have an awesome user experience with a new, rewritten for the modern age, OS. Plus, Microsoft is WAY ahead of Nokia in developer tools. Building apps for Windows Phone 7 is easier than for other platforms, my friends, who include Zagat’s top developer, tell me. Nokia is, they tell me, a real mess to develop for in comparison (and RIM is even worse).

In a related article, Michael Mace, a former executive at both Palm and Apple, outlines on his blog how RIM, makers of Blackberry, are also losing the mobile war. Mr. Mace says,

In my opinion, RIM’s real problems center around two big issues: its market is saturating, and it seems to have lost the ability to create great products. This is a classic problem that eventually faces most successful computer platforms. The danger is not that RIM is about to collapse, but that it’ll drift into in a situation where it can’t afford the investments needed to succeed in the future. It’s very easy for a company to accidentally cross that line, and very hard to get back across it.

Mr. Mace analysis of RIM’s shortcomings is quite extensive and in his opinion, the company can still turn things around.



News on the growing African tech development scene



I’ve been watching the African tech developer scene for a while and have begun to see steady, increased growth in the community and in government and organizational support. A vast majority of the growth has been within the past 18 months and centered around urban hubs like Ghana and Kenya. Here are a couple efforts and indicators to keep an eye on particularly if you’re looking to get or stay involved in the business of African tech development: 


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