African Mobile Games for Change Guru to Speak at PICNIC 2012
Aug 24 2012
The South African mobile games for changes developer and social innovator Anne Shongwe will be one of the main speakers at the international cross media festival Picnic in Amsterdam in September. Shongwe's presence at PICNIC Festival 2012 has been made possible by IICD.
Anne Shongwe is the founder and CEO of Afroes. This social enterprise is based in South Africa and in Kenya and develops interactive media solutions such as mobile games that are designed to inspire Africa’s youth to solve social challenges in their communities. Shongwe’s projets have won many awards. In 2011, Afroes won the appcircus competition with a gender violence awareness game that was developed for UN women. In 2012 Afroes won a Netexplo award.
At PICNIC 2012, Shongwe will be speaking about how mobile gaming helps to reach and activate youth and has brought about social change in South Africa. IICD hosts this session.
News station Al Jazeera recently broadcasted a story about the gender violence awareness game that was one of Shongwe’s initiatives and also interviewed her:
IICD is no stranger to PICNIC. In 2011, IICD IICD co-organised the one-day COMM 2011 programme at the festival about what innovation and creativity can do for the development Africa and Latin America.
Picnic 2012 is held on September 17 and 18 2012 in the Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam. Shongwe will speak on 1the first day of the festival at 2.50 PM.