Staff, 9:20 am
Senegal’s tech scene has been slow to get off the ground due to a lack of qualified coders. But a locally run company is trying to change that, while also helping young people find jobs. Local tech start-ups are tackling day-to-day conveniences in the capital, Dakar. Firefly places TV screens in public buses, but has struggled to find qualified web and mobile app developers in Senegal. “They are trained in technologies we do not work with,” explains Mafal Lo, one of the co-founders of Firefly.
Staff, 8:52 am
The picture isn’t rosy. Of the STEM disciplines, tech is the only one where the participation of women has actually decreased in the last 20 years.This is due to many reasons, not the least of which is the underestimation of the entrepreneurship potential of women. She Leads Africa, a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, in partnership with beauty brand, Dark & Lovely Africa, has just opened applications for the 2017 Dark & Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator.
Staff, 8:18 am
The IT industry is in a position to change the roles of women in the workplace and society–as new technology-enabled learning, employment, and business opportunities emerge in the digital era. We’re seeing a number of important tech trends converging: from high-speed mobile networks, to low-cost smartphones, publicly-available e-learning tools and powerful Cloud-enabled software. Today, one’s location becomes less important, as women in rural areas gain more opportunities to empower themselves.
Staff, 11:48 am
If you follow the right accounts for young African tech entrepreneurs on Twitter, it can feel like there’s a never ending debate about who gets funding or not in Africa. While many of those debates have grown, founders from one sector of the startup space have been more positive than most: fintech.Take Flutterwave, a payments company which builds infrastructure to ease processing payments across Africa, it’s raised $10 million in its Series A round. Flutterwave was co-founded by Iyin ‘E’ Aboyej.
Staff, 11:19 am
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has broken ground to begin construction on the $818m Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda. The airport is being built to handle the rising air traffic in the country, as well as bolster intraAfrican travel, investment and business. Kagame said: “Bugesera Airport is an important part of Rwanda’s strategy for socio-economic transformation. “Rwandans to whom we are accountable are used to having high expectations and trust us to deliver. This will be no different.”
Staff, 8:29 am
The Federal Government says it is embarking on Smart City project in order to leverage on technology solutions to improve efficiency of cities across the country. The minister of communication Adebayo Shittu disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the Smart Cities Nigeria Summit yesterday in Abuja. The minister said the with the development of new technological innovations–mainly ICTs–the concept of the “Smart City” has emerged as a means to achieve more efficient and sustainable cities.
Staff, 8:02 am
There are many women doing great things in tech in South Africa, making their mark with cool initiatives and strong leadership roles. Gender diversity in technology is an ongoing challenge, and women have to constantly prove their capabilities and strengths.
Here are 5 women in the ever growing fast-paced South African tech space.Barbara Mallinson is the founder and chief executive of Obami, a social learning platform being used by hundreds of schools across Africa, Europe and the United States.
Staff, 7:45 am
African space programs are nothing new. In 1964 Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, self-appointed director of Zambia’s national space program, wanted to beat the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race, and landing a Zambian on the Moon. Using unconventional techniques, such as spinning students around a tree in an oil drum, Nkoloso trained 12 astronauts. He was unsuccessful. Fortunately Africa’s space programs now look much more promising. In the last decade the continent has entered a space race.
Staff, 8:56 am
Margaret Wainaina is a project coordinator for Una Hakika, an initiative from the Canadian nonprofit The Sentinel Project, an anti-genocide effort . In the regional language Kiswahili, “Una hakika?” means “Are you sure?” and the goal is to squash disinformation that can lead to conflict, especially in the lead-up to Kenya’s hotly contested general election on August 8. Ethnic violence following the 2007 general election left more than 1,000 Kenyans dead and more than half a million displaced.
Staff, 8:32 am
There has been talk of tapping into the Sahara desert’s vast resources of sunshine to power Europe for years, but little to show for it. The high-profile Desertec initiative, conceived with 19 shareholders, flopped amid cost concerns and political instability across North Africa. Now a massive project in Tunisia is hoping to be the first to make the solar power export dream a reality. Developer TuNur filed a permit request to the energy ministry to build 4.5GW of capacity near Rjim Maatoug.