Update 16/11: Thanks to the Sandbox Network, Roni Kabessa et al I am now fully funded to attend the Global Summit in Lisbon. I extend a heartfelt thank you to them and ask that you contribute to the campaign of my brother and good friend Mac-Jordan Degadjor from Ghana: http://igg.me/p/53594?a=336010
Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Below you can find the short and the long of it.
My name is Mark Kaigwa and I'm an African technology entrepreneur based in Nairobi, Kenya. I'm part of the Sandbox Network, considered the world's leading network for high-achieving innovators under 30 years of age. I am their first African ambassador and I'm raising $2,500 to fund my trip to attend the first Sandbox Global Summit in Lisbon,Portugal in January 2012. Join me in bringing the African agenda to the world stage.
For corporates/companies, by sponsoring me you also sponsor the Summit, a brilliant opportunity to market yourself or your product to thousands of the world's most influential young minds. (See "Perks" section below)
My name is Mark Kaigwa and I am born, raised and based on the African continent. I am 23 years old and have been described as one of Africa's leading independent thinkers (in technology) by Grolsch. I have carved a niche as one of the continent's leading young voices in disruptive technology in mobile, innovation and marketing.
Web initiatives putting Africa on the global map that I'm part of include http://afrinnovator.com, http://africandigitalart.com and my personal blog http://www.mark.co.ke where I write and over the past years began speaking at conferences, gatherings and workshops on social media, digital marketing and mobile.
I recently gave a talk at innovation conference "InnoTown" in Alesund, Norway on my personal story. (one interesting tidbit is as a child I starred in an Indiana Jones production and years later made wrote and directed my first short film. Watch it all here to get to know more about me.)
The place I call home is Nairobi, Kenya and I've made it my life's work to shape how companies can use mobile and internet technology to impact everyday Africans.
What I Bring To The Global Summit And What I Seek
What I bring to the Sandbox Summit is
- First-hand account of what is/isn't working on the African continent
- Bringing a needs-based approach to innovation
- Bringing African nuances to the table and disrupting global thinking by bringing the perspective of the world's leading mobile money economy which I've participated, studied and spoken of for the past half decade.
I seek to gain knowledge, insight and inspiration from the Sandbox fraternity and to plug this back into my respective networks including Nairobi's innovation hub, *iHub_ in Nairobi with a special keynote session on all my learnings to the members of the space.
Where Your Money Goes
- Sandbox Summit Ticket - $400
- Travel: Flight Ticket & Visa/Passport Fees - $1,300 + $150
- Stay & Miscellaneous Expenses: - $450
- Taxes, Exchange Rate and IndieGoGo Campaign Charges - $200
- Total expenses: $2,500
For companies looking to support my bid to attend the Sandbox Global Summit, there are some great perks (see them aside but here is a highlight of the noteworthy perks of supporting me - they are named after some of Africa's most iconic animals.
- Ndovu (Elephant) Sponsorship $1,000 - The Sandbox Manifesto: a manifesto capturing the rules top young talents apply to innovation and changing the game of tomorrow. A personally signed Moleskine Notebook with my original Sketchnotes from the Sandbox Summit and 1 hour of consulting time on a project of your choice as well as all the perks below in the Simba Sponsorship
- Simba (Lion) Sponsorship $500 - A Golden Sponsorship package for the Sandbox Global Summit with photo/logo and name, special feature in the Sandbox Facebook Page with over +6,000 people and all the perks below in the Duma Sponsorship
- Duma (Cheetah) Sponsorship $350 - A Silver Sponsorship package for the Sandbox Global Summit and a copy of my ebook to be published in Q1 2011, personal video thank you and a personal letter hand-written and mailed to you through the post.
Can't Donate Online? M-Pesa Me!
After Kenyans collectively raised over $5 Million through mobile money service M-Pesa by Safaricom recently to assist in the East African drought. Not to mention how pervasive the service is, I would be glad to accept a payment through M-Pesa. You may send this to my personal phone number (email email@example.com or tweet @Mkaigwa and I'd be glad to share it as I find a solution from one of the local m-commerce merchant platforms)
How Else Can You Help?
Not in a position to donate? Tweet away, Like and Share this campaign with friends and I could always use an encouraging quote, motivational tweet or a lead or introduction to someone who could support this. I'm @mkaigwa on Twitter and my email is hello [at] mark.co.ke