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Simon De Haan

Product Lead, Praekelt PBC
Simon de Haan is the Product Lead for B-Corp and has the rare talent to demystify software systems and platforms for non­engineers.

He was the team lead on Praekelt Foundation’s Vumi platform, an open source messaging platform that allows for interactive conversations over SMS, USSD, Gtalk and other basic technologies at low cost and at population scale in the majority world. Vumi is the technology that powers various groundbreaking initiatives such as Wikipedia Text, PeaceTXT, MomConnect, MAMA and the Libyan election registrations.

Simon is a great public speaker and has hosted various talks, webinars and hackathons about his passion for development and for building systems that can scale and can help our partners reach their audiences with life-saving information.

Simon is excited about technology, especially when it is applied to improve the lives of less privileged people. Growing up in the Middle East ruined him for the ordinary as those years left an unmistakable impression and set him on a direct course to be involved in community development, entrepreneurship and technology. 

Twitter: @praekeltorg and @smn


My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, May 18

12:30 IST