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Highlights

  • 01:20 - Why do a trip around Africa on a bicycle?
  • 08:01 - Egyptian and African identity
  • 12:50 - Racism experienced in South Africa
  • 24:43 - Technology's role in Africa's development
  • 32:21 - How technology companies and VCs extract revenue from Africa and leave little behind

When Maged first told me that he would be cycling and hitch-hiking across Africa I thought to myself this is a weird way to punish oneself considering he could at minimum do the trip using a car.

However, having spoken to him during this podcast there are clearly some important lessons one learns on such an excursion.

Maged Ahmed Korga is an Egyptian ex-Google software engineer who decided, in between switching jobs from Google in San Francisco to a startup that develops technology for self-driving vehicles, to take a 90-day trip across Africa on a bicycle. In this podcast, he shares some of his observations on this trip including experiencing racism in South Africa, the kindness of strangers, how the technology won't necessarily lift most Africans out of poverty and more.

Interestingly, Maged also makes a case for how it is better to travel away from the typical tourist areas in any country if you really want to learn about a country and its people.

Biography: Maged Ahmed Korga

Maged is an Egyptian-Canadian software engineer based in San Francisco. He recently completed an adventure filled trip travelling from Cape Town, South Africa to Alexandria, Egypt by all means possible.

Currently, Maged works for Applied Intuition in Silicon Valley, a technology startup that develops the technology necessary to test and bring autonomous vehicles to market.

Maged obtained a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada.

Podcast notes

Journal: Maged Bikes.

Article: The Pros and Cons of travelling by bicycle by Why Wait To See The World.

Website: Google Cloud.

Company: Applied Intuition.

Map: Sinai Peninsula, Egypt (Asia).

Organization: Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority.

Company: Andela.

Article: Tech Giants Shift Profits to Avoid Taxes. There’s a Plan to Stop Them by The New York Times.

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