Simon Botes

Founder: AppCRAFT

Simon Botes is not a techie. He's just a family guy who likes to bring good ideas and technology together on a mobile platform. It all started when he pitched his mobile snake guide to the Nokia Ovi store in 2009. They awarded him fourth prize in their Nokia Calling All Innovators Africa competition. In 2010 his eLiteracy application, which teaches early literacy through games, took top honours globally. Little did this tech community know that AppCRAFT was just a small start-up based in a valley outside Plettenberg Bay. That's mobile technology for you. Already more than 75 000 people in 178 countries have downloaded one of AppCRAFT's many free educational applications, including sign language and Morse code. Just imagine the power it has to bring free education to the most remote and rural areas of South Africa. It's all part of Botes's greater plan: to prove to the world that more good can come out of South Africa. � Cat Pritchard

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