2016 was a pivotal year for Be-Bound: the year that marked Be-Bound’s leap forward. Here are a few highlights.
Forget about the 4 Billion people without Internet access for a moment. There’s another problem affecting 4 Billion people: invisible physical addresses. Those without an official address are invisible to delivery systems. From mail delivery, to emergency services, the simple fact of having an address is something most of us take for granted, but is something that would be life-changing for those without. That’s why Be-Bound is joining what3words on an initial project that will be launched in the Ivory Coast to make every location, locatable. Be-Bound and what3words are working with La Poste in the Ivory Coast with the goal of making mail delivery as efficient as possible.
After winning French Startup of the Year, Be-Bound is partnering up with the companies SNCF, PWC, ENGIE and Qwant. to launch a competition for the “Best African Startup of the Year 2017” (#StartupAfro). We join this project to encourage the digitalization of Africa. Applications are open to all startups located in Africa, and startups founded by at least one member of the African diaspora, as well as international startups who are looking to move into Africa.
Be-Bound, winner of France’s “Startup of the Year” and France’s “International Digital Trophee 2016,” announces the opening of N4B platform, a console allowing Android developers, especially in emerging countries, to integrate our technology and create apps able to work everywhere, even unconnected areas, under any connectivity situation.
A special message from Albert Szulman, Be-Bound’s CEO
It’s now been several years since major players decided to enter the world of connectivity. Today, for example, Google and others are striving for 5G, while Facebook and others are working to get 4G worldwide.
Nevertheless, some of these projects, each seemingly more amazing than the other, have encountered some major challenges, and interruptions. This is the case with Facebook’s Internet.org, which had the goal of bringing connectivity to the world population in countries lacking the necessary infrastructure, particularly in Africa. Unfortunately, the satellite that was expected to deliver this advanced technology exploded on the ground when the rocket was expected to launch into orbit.
In September 2015, 193 countries were signatories to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the most ambitious global agenda ever formalized for the social, economic and environmental improvement of the world. The 17 SDGs envision a world without poverty or hunger, in which high-quality healthcare and education are available to all, where gender inequalities have been abolished, where economic growth does not harm the environment and where peace and freedom reign all over the world. For the first time in the global development agenda, the SDGs are meant to be universally applicable to all countries in the world, and articulate ambitious, 100 percent eradication targets, like zero hunger by 2030.
The HBO series Silicon Valley has charmed us with its spot-on satire depicting the humorous everyday lives of developers trying to make it big in the heart of techland. The show’s first episode starts out with Richard Hendrix struggling to get his startup Pied Piper off the ground, and in the meantime discovering that he’s created a compression algorithm stunning enough to seduce the valley’s bigwigs.
In order to use my apps, I have to have Internet. But why ? When I open Uber, the Android app that’s been downloaded over 100,000,000 times, and don’t have internet, I get an error message “No Internet Connection”! Don’t the developers who created Uber ever need a ride when there’s no internet? Why can’t I at least access the menu, my history, or the help page?
This month, Be-Bound was invited to join President François Hollande as part of the French Business Delegation in Vietnam, a trip meant to deepen economic ties between France and Vietnam. Be-Bound was honored to be among the 40 business leaders chosen to accompany Hollande as a representative of French Tech. Our CEO, Albert Szulman, was in attendance to advocate increased connectivity and bridging the digital divide.