Smart people often build ambitious applications that are meant to solve the world’s problems – like education, food shortages, and droughts but they don’t look at the feasibility and sustainability of these solutions. The circumstantial contexts like limited resources, minimal infrastructure, smartphone adoption, and loads more are usually overlooked. Solutions like USSD or low bandwidth apps are never at the top of the list even though they are sometimes the most appropriate. When technology is being developed for African countries without input and perspective from Africans, the impact tends to be amiss. In this talk, I’d like to walk you through some of the challenges that Africans face and how we can improve as a global tech community to support relevant and effective solutions.