Ken Banks

kiwanja.net & FrontlineSMS

Ken Banks, founder of kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world. He has worked at the intersection of technology, anthropology, conservation, and development for the past twenty years, living and working across the African continent. Ken is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and author of the book The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator. His latest project, Means of Exchange, looks at how everyday technologies can be used to democratize opportunities for economic self-sufficiency, rebuild local community, and promote a return to local resource use.