The 3D printing revolution. Calestous Juma, March 6, 2015, Opinion. "Africa is on the cusp of the next digital revolution. In February, a young Togolese entrepreneur, Afate Gnikou, stunned the world by winning first prize at the 10th International Conference of Barcelona’s Fabrication Laboratory. The winning technology was a 3D printer. The design did not come from one of Africa’s top universities or research institutes. Gnikou and his team assembled their prize-winning printer from electronic waste collected in dumpsites around the Togolese capital of Lomé. This story demonstrates the advantages of being a latecomer. Gnikou was able to leapfrog to the frontiers of technological innovation mostly because of the large bodies of scientific and technical knowledge that are freely available today..." Link