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.
Staff, 8:15 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. Local tech start-ups are tackling conveniences in Dakar. Firefly, a digital advertising company, 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, the co-founder of Firefly. “These are not things they learn in school.”
Staff, 1:32 pm
From the Giza pyramids to the pharaonic tombs of Luxor, Egypt’s ancient monuments are holding onto mysteries which researchers aim to unravel with cutting-edge technology. For more than 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Egypt with a retinue of scholars who laid the groundwork for modern Egyptology, experts have used science to unlock the secrets of the country’s ancient treasures. In the 21st century,scientists have been using electronic devices and chemical testing to date artifacts.
Staff, 9:18 am
Management of the Ghana Technology University College has denied claims by some lecturers that the college has been plunged into financial crisis. They said the management of the college is proceeding as expected and urged the public to disregard comments by its Lecturers Association saying “the University is not in any sort of financial crisis.”Julian Owusu Ansah, Registrar of GTUC, told the Ghana News Agency that management of the university has been managing its finances well over the years.
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.