African Changemaker

Alain Capo Chichi

Alain is an Ivorian entrepreneur, innovator, and the brain behind the recently launched Open G smartphones in Cote d’Ivoire.

Open G is Ivory Coast’s first locally-made smartphone and aims to improve accessibility with voice commands in local languages for users who can’t read and write. The phone can understand commands and respond in 16 of Ivory Coast’s approximately 60 languages.

Alain is imparting his knowledge and skills in innovation at CERCO Group, a center of Excellence for higher education and research in Africa. Present in four African countries, Alain founded CERCO Group in 1998 when he was just 20.

His contribution to Africa’s innovation space has earned him global recognition, and he has previously been named among the ten most remarkable young people in the world.


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