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April 30th 2012:Finding that One Thing That Switches You On with Ken Banks, National Geographic Society Explorer and Founder of

Ken Banks was one of four children raised by his mother after his father passed away early in his childhood in England. Resources were tight and his mother worked hard to support her family. Despite hardships, Ken has always seen himself as lucky. He is well known as an innovator, mobile technologist and anthropologist and the founder of, enabling communications channels for communities in the developing world by leveraging mobile phones and text messaging through offline computers. Ken found his life path by accident: a broken leg while working at a primate sanctuary in Africa led

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Ken Banks

Ken Banks, founder of, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world, and has spent the last two decades working on projects in Africa. His early research resulted in the development of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning text messaging field communication system aimed at grassroots non-profit organizations. Ken graduated from Sussex, was awarded a Stanford University Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship in 2006, and named a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow in 2008. In 2009 he was named a Laureate of the Tech Awards. He was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in May 2010. In 2011 he was named an As
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