Staff, 10:43 am
Africa is known as the motherland, the birth of mankind, where it all began. Yet for many years it has also been called the “dark continent” due to the rate of development of many countries. This perception is changing quickly, with hundreds of tech hubs, who are creating cutting-edge technology products and services, popping up all over the continent, making the rest of the world take notice. A tech hub is an area of IT landscape by which people come together and breed innovations.
Staff, 8:13 pm
In Mali, where skin conditions are widespread and skin doctors are scarce, physicians have turned to a new app to treat patients remotely. From his Bamako office, Professor Ousmane Faye, one of a small number of dermatologists in Mali, examines photos of an arm and a torso afflicted by a skin disorder. The photos arrived the same day the patient visited his doctor in Koulikoro, 35 miles away. Faye’s program lets general practitioners in even the most remote areas to consult with a specialist.
Staff, 5:26 pm
Silicon Valley’s days leading the tech revolution may be coming to an end, according to one optimistic observer who believes the future of technology lies much further abroad. The future of tech “will be written in Legos, Nairobi, Kampala, and cities across Africa,” Jeremy Johnson, CEO/ founder of Andela. “We believe that Africa is going to emerge as a significant player in the global tech scene,” he said. Andela connects Africa’s top 2 percent of developers with jobs at companies globally.
Staff, 7:25 am
Angolan entrepreneurs will get access to regular entrepreneurship talks and information when global entrepreneurship meetup group Startup Grind kicks off its first event in Luanda. The event, on July 5th at the Belas conference center in Luanda, will feature agribusiness specialist Marcia Gomes, who will talk on soil quality and the tech behind agriculture. Founder of entrepreneurship news site Acelera Angola and the head of Startup Grind Luanda Jose Carlos dos Santos expects about 50 people.
Staff, 9:40 am
Tech-savvy entrepreneurs and their startups focus on growth potential and consider innovation as the main driver of their ventures. Large corporations generally focus on profitability and long-term stability, with innovation playing a less important role. Egypt does not only seek to attract foreign innovation-driven ventures to capture its high potential market, but it is also very keen on supporting local entrepreneurs to unleash their potential in the domestic and international markets.
Staff, 9:19 am
Africa Science Week will witness sessions such as engaging students in active learning of chemistry, technology, and engineering using interactive science kits. Students will also participate in physical activities and science projects competition followed by an award ceremony. According to Thierry Zomahoun, Aims president, the NEF Africa Science Week is the first coordinated science week across Africa. “Our primary objective is to develop tomorrow’s scientists and technologists,” Zomahoun said.
Staff, 9:01 am
One of the biggest current challenges for the impact investing community is the aggregation and deployment of growth capital equity in the world’s poorest countries. Few would argue with the proposition that for the world’s poorest countries to move out of poverty there must be a new investment model. In view of the absence of local private equity, growth capital and venture funds in those countries, as well as the small deal sizes, there is a challenge in which growth capital can be deployed.
Staff, 9:04 am
Seedstars World is returning to Mozambique on the 14th June 2017, with the support of main partner, Standard Bank, and local ambassador UX Information Technologies. In addition, the initiative has partnered with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Shell and received support from Castle Lite and Internet Solutions. “Standard Bank’s purpose is Africa is our home and we drive her growth.” says Victor Jardim, Head of Personal and Business Banking of Standard Bank Mozambique.
Staff, 8:30 am
Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will host the 4th National ICT Summit from Oct. 9-11 in Windhoek. The Ministry at a stakeholders engagement meeting said, the ICT Summit which is an annual event is aimed at bringing ICT stakeholders in the country together to share innovative ideas in bridging the digital gap and making ICT accessible. According to the Ministry, the country needs more involvement and support of stakeholders both in the public and private sectors.
Staff, 7:37 am
In 2017 there will be over 16 million active smartphone users in South Africa. This number is expected to grow exponentially over the next five years to reach more than 21 million users. The rapid rise in mobile phone usage in South Africa can primarily be attributed to the popularity of social media, which in turn has also sparked an increase in mobile phone usage to buy and sell online. The upturn in active mobile phone users has also affected internet usage and consumer habits drastically.