Staff, 9:04 am
Facebook. Snapchat. Twitter. Those are some of the many social media giants that Hussein Farah has seen African immigrants in Minnesota use on a regular basis.Now, he wants young people to start thinking about the process that goes into developing them. Farah founded an organization, New Vision Foundation, which offers coding and advanced IT training classes to African immigrant high school students in Minneapolis.“We want our kids not just to be consumers of technology, but creators,” he said.
Staff, 10:35 am
Pan-African telecommunications service provider, Internet Solutions, has deployed the company’s first Point of Presence (PoP) in Madagascar. The company has commissioned a PoP in Zambia. Murray Steyn of Internet Solutions said: “We can boast a significant managed services network on the continent because of our investment in infrastructure partnerships with service providers.” “This means we are able to deliver scalable, tailored ICT services across Africa and now in Madagascar,” he adds.
Staff, 10:08 am
Benin and Liberia were ranked highest among the 40 African countries that participated in the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition held in Washington, DC. The six-round maiden international robotics event saw 163 national teams including 6 continental teams made up of students from around the world competing with the common goal of increasing their knowledge of STEM. At the end of the event, Benin ranked 7, followed by Liberia which ranked 12 out of the 163 participating countries.
Staff, 9:45 am
Since repatriating to Ghana, Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, Paul Owusu partnered with tech entrepreneur Kojo Sarpong to form LOGIQUE, tech accelerator and parent company to tech products Stack, SmartLobby and Coast. The products provide a wide array of services ranging from loyalty and payments to SaaS (Software as a service) for data collection. The company will function as a tech accelerator and consultancy. Services will target start-ups and modernize technology systems for institutions.
Staff, 2:11 pm
Kenya’s last two general elections have been tarnished by allegations of fraud and violence. The country is hailed as Africa’s Silicon Savannah and when citizens head to the polls again on August 8, they will be using technology to make sure these elections are free and credible. A game-changing court ruling recently declared that results announced by constituency tallying centers must be regarded as final and a transparent system to transmit results has been created to prevent rigging.
Staff, 1:53 pm
Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai visited Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. During his visit, Pichai announced at a conference, plans by the Internet giant to provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding and mentorship to more than 60 African start-ups over the next three years. Earlier in July, Jack Ma, the CEO and founder of e-commerce company Ali Baba toured east Africa (Kenya and Rwanda) in what his close aides described as a mission to inspire African IT entrepreneurs.
Staff, 1:28 pm
Chinese technology companies hungry for expansion are diving into the less-developed African continent, where several countries are targeting double-digit economic growth. Iginio Gagliardone, a lecturer in media studies at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, told CNBC that the Middle Kingdom’s expansion into Africa has been pronounced over the past four to five years. “China is everywhere,” Gagliardone said, though he noted that its presence was stronger in certain markets.
Staff, 5:50 am
South African edtech startup The Student Hub held a two-day workshop showcasing its student-centered digital education system to government, colleges and other stakeholders. Its ERAOnline product will improve education in South Africa, tackling issues such as outdated curriculum, high failure rates, and a skills crisis by assisting colleges in equipping students and helping students complete their learning in record time.
Staff, 3:21 pm
South Africa has produced many exceptional, and famous, tech entrepreneurs, like Mark Shuttleworth, Vinny Lingham, and Elon Musk. The entrepreneurial spirit in SA’s tech space remains strong, despite the political and economic challenges in the country. While most media coverage focuses on Internet companies aiming to be the next unicorn, the country has many companies doing exceptional work. Below are nine of South Africa’s small-to-medium-sized tech companies that are doing great work.
Staff, 3:10 pm
Security has long been a major concern at wildlife reserves in Africa, where rhino and elephant populations have been decimated by poachers in recent years. But a park in Rwanda is betting on a new networking technology to change that. Rwanda’s Akagera National Park recently launched a new system that allows park rangers to monitor animals, visitors, and equipment in real-time. Developed by ShadowView and Internet of Life, the “smart park” system is based on a Long Range Wide-Area Network.