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  • Apps Africa Innovation Awards Now Accepting Entries

    AppsAfrica By Staff, 5:11 pm

    Applications are open for the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa supported by Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum. The third edition will take place on November 6th in Cape Town, and winners will get international recognition and publicity across multiple channels, networking with 300+ industry peers and a host of other benefits. Applications are welcome across 12 categories from mobile or technology ventures.

  • Africa Has World’s Lowest Commitment To Cybersecurity. Kenya’s Safaricom Wants To Change That

    A focus on cyber security by governments is a must. Photo - SourceSecurity By Tom Jackson, 6:55 pm AFKI Original

    Africa as a continent must do better with regards to cybersecurity. With cybercrime on the increase globally, and recent major attacks such as WannaCry, more must be done to secure cyberspace in the continent that has been especially poor at doing so. According to the recent 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index, only two countries on the continent – Mauritius and Egypt – are in the leading stage of demonstrating high commitment to cybersecurity.

  • 12 African Countries Best Prepared To Defend Against Cyber Attacks

    Anonymous Africa launches cyber attack against SABC over censorship. Photo - TVwithThinus By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:17 pm AFKI Original

    Cyber attacks are more prevalent these days, and it is important for countries to have a strategy to defend against these kinds of online attacks. Africa is no different, and strategies and organizations need to be in place in order to defend against hackers looking to penetrate key systems or networks that need to remain secure for the public good. Some African countries have considered this threat, and are fairly well-prepared to defend against such attacks.

  • Three African Innovators Awarded For Their Game-Changing Technology

    African innovators - Egyptian innovator Aly El-Shafei wins $100, 000 Innovation Prize for Africa. Photo Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:27 am

    Three African innovators have been awarded prizes for the impressive innovations that they have conceived and brought to life, as part of the Innovation Prize for Africa 2017. Aly El-Shafei of Egypt was selected as the grand prize winner, with Philippa Ngaju Makobore of Uganda securing the second prize, and Dougbeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia winning the special prize for social impact. The three winners saw their efforts in creating healthcare and energy efficiency-related solutions acknowledged, with prize-money rewarding their hard work and ingenuity.

  • Vodacom Shareholders Vote In Favor Of Safaricom Majority Share Acquisition

    share acquisition - 160232989 Vodacom billboard in Johannesburg. Photo: Nadine Hutton/Bloomberg/Getty By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:14 am

    SA telecommunications giant Vodacom’s minority shareholders voted in favor of plans to acquire a majority share in Kenya’s largest company, Safaricom. The shareholders voted at the telecoms company’s annual general meeting, with 99.59 percent voting in support of the resolution, while only 0.40 percent were against the acquisition. In May Vodacom proposed the purchase of a 34.94 percent indirect stake set to be bought from the Kenyan government.

  • 10 Final Nominees For The 2017 Innovation Prize For Africa

    Innovation Prize For Africa - Dougbeh-Chris Nyan's rapid diagnostic test is one of the innovations that are being recognized. Photo - VenturesAfrica By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:19 pm AFKI Original

    This week a world-class African innovation will be recognized at an event in the Ghanaian capital, as the winner of the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa is officially revealed. A total of 10 nominees were unveiled by the African Innovation Foundation in June, and one of these innovative individuals will be announced as the winner at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana on July 18.

  • Ghana Completes Radio Telescope Conversion For Square Kilometre Array

    SKA radio telescope - square kilometre array By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:34 am

    In an important milestone for the Square Kilometre Array project, Ghana has successfully converted a redundant telecommunications antenna into a functioning radio telescope. The 32m converted telecommunications antenna at the Ghana Intelsat Satellite Earth Station at Kutunse is now operational as a very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) radio telescope, forming part of plans for the Square Kilometre Array.

  • Here Are South Africa’s Top 10 Technology Brands On Social Media

    social media By Staff, 9:57 am

    The Africa Brand Index has developed an algorithm which creates a list of the most successful brands on social media on the African continent, this list is in turn updated on a monthly basis. The algorithm takes into account key metrics such as community growth, content engagement, sentiment and response. This list takes into account African tech on social media. Mustek Limited is one of the largest assembler and distributors of personal computers and complementary ICT products in South Africa.

  • 10 Obstacles That Impede Africa’s International E-Commerce Growth

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:44 pm AFKI Original

    While e-commerce growth in Africa continues to take place at a faster rate with each passing year, there continue to be barriers that hamper development of e-commerce on the continent. The current share of consumer e-commerce by African enterprises is below 2 percent, and has great potential. By 2018, the African e-commerce market is projected to be worth around $50 billion, from just $8 billion in 2013, according to the International Trade Centre.

  • Online Education Delivered Via Mobile Has A Bright Future In Africa

    Online education - Edtech improves education and can have the same effect in Africa. Photo - appsforlearning.jpg By Staff, 10:02 am AFKI Original

    Edtech has the chance to increase the access to education for Africans by benefiting of the rising internet penetration rates. From raising literacy levels in poor rural areas where education infrastructure is lacking, to complementing the existing courses at Africa’s top universities, remote learning using educational technology is flexible and versatile.

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