BOOKS – Walls by Marcello Di Cintio

walls_marcello_di_cintioDespite common belief, the Great Wall of China CANNOT be seen from space, but the idea of walls as barricades between people based on tribe, nation and class is one that Governments and cities adore.

In Walls Canadian writer and adventurer travels to borders in the Western Sahara, Palestine/Israel, US/Mexico, India/Bangladesh, Greek/Turkish Cyprus, Morocco/Ceuta and /Meilla Belfast and Montreal to see how people are dehumanised by being divided.

This book is marvellous, reportage mixed with political disgust and a travel book for intelligent people. Sometimes, when you think you know it all, somebody teaches you what a stupid attitude that is to take… and apparently you CAN see the Western Sahara ‘Wall of Shame’ from the moon.

REVIEW: 9.75/10

MLOVE YOUtopia: smart and good

MLOVEI love Harald Neidhardet, the curator of the MLOVE festivals and was lucky enough to present at one of his events in Berlin a couple of years ago; it’s the only event where I’ve ever jumped into a well after being on stage.

This year was the fifth anniversary of the MLOVE ConFestival Europe and took place in a castle south of Berlin and I was gutted that I couldn’t make it this year. It featured speakers and topics from the Internet of Things, smart cities, creative design, brands and mobility, maker movement to Quantified Self and bio hacking… the future, basically. Continue reading

Saltside classifieds kick butt in Africa and Asia

How toEuropean tech company Saltside Technologies, which previously raised $25m from AB Kinnevik and has been in stealth mode since founding, is already a market leader in classified sites in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Ghana.

Founded by former Skype employees, the company has experienced 300% annual growth since its inception three years ago by providing vital online infrastructure for emerging markets, at a time when the vast majority of people are using the internet for the first time. Continue reading

It’s Africa’s Time comes to UK and Irish TV screens

itsafricatimeIt’s Africa’s Time is premiering on The Africa Channel and will be available to viewers in the UK and Ireland.

Focusing on community work and skills development across the continent and available on Sky 209 and Virgin Media 828 every Sunday at 8.30pm, award-winning South African actor Natalie Becker will introduce businesses and charities that are impacting on Africa’s future. Continue reading

Boxing clever beats other apps to the iPunch

ipunchA new Indiegogo campaign it trying to beat other apps to the, er, punch with a pair of data-enabled boxing gloves.

As the Quantified Self movements increases in momentum, after Apple’s recent announcement of its iPhone HealthKit product, the iPunch is literally a hardware product to help people’s fitness. Continue reading