Africa is a continent of great opportunity and potential, but as a whole, the continent needs to work to become more globally competitive for the benefit of industries such as tech to truly thrive. Africa competes for foreign direct investment with other emerging markets such as Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Africa needs to address a number of key issues in order to rival their main competitors in the market and carve out a competitive landscape that will attract foreign direct investment. Africa’s average competitiveness ranking is 21 percent compared to Latin America and The Caribbean’s average ranking of 40 percent, and Asia’s average ranking of 57 percent.
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The winners of the Facebook First Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge were announced this week, with submissions from Egypt doing very well. Egyptians featured prominently among the winners and runners-up of the three categories, as did Morocco. A total of 60 finalists from 64 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region were considered for the eventual winner’s prize, which included $20,000 in addition to three months of Facebook mentorship.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:00 am AFKI Original
African tech innovators create jobs while finding solutions to modern African problems, and they deserve to be celebrated for the important role they play in society. Twitter has become a popular short-message platform in which to connect with the masses, and African innovators, along with the wider audience on the continent, have adopted the social media platform via mobile and desktop. Here are 12 African tech innovators who are worth following on Twitter.
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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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:47 am
French telecommunications operator Orange have announced the launch of an African startup investment initiative that will support innovative startups across the continent. Orange has earmarked $56 million for investment, with half of it set to be invested indirectly through funds that specialize in the digital sector. The other half of the funds will go towards the creation of a new initiative, called Orange Digital Ventures Africa, which will invest directly in African startups within a number of industries including logistics, e-commerce, transport, energy, fintech, and e-health businesses.
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Student population of Ghana Technology University has climbed to nearly 8,000 in 2017 from less than a cohort of 100 when the College was established some decade ago, College President Professor Osei Kofi Darkwa said. Professor Darkwa attributed the growing population to innovative and industry relevant courses introduced by school authorities in recent times as well as effective collaborations and partnerships with local and international institutions to better deliver quality results.
World-First Next Generation Digital Identification Technology Created In South Africa To Combat Identity TheftBy Peter Pedroncelli, 5:11 am
A world-first next generation identification technology has been developed in South Africa, with applications that could make it invaluable as a tool against identity theft and for law enforcement purposes. Some of Africa’s leading computervision scientists at the University of Johannesburg partnered with aiThenticate Computervision Labs to create the technology. Current identification methods such as passwords, biometrics and facial recognition continue to be thwarted by identity thieves determined to impersonate others to commit criminal acts.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:25 am AFKI Original
Tech companies continue to inspire Africa and Africans through their unique service offering to the continent and the way in which they enhance people’s lives. From renewable energy to telecoms and other tech firms, African consumers are benefiting from a growing tech sector throughout Africa, and certain companies are making waves as inspirational businesses contributing to better lives for the people they serve. Here are 12 tech and telecoms companies that continue to inspire Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:51 am
U.S. software giant Microsoft has announced plans to open two new cloud data centers in South Africa, in order to provide Microsoft Cloud services for the African market from centers based on the continent. These hyperscale data centers will be built in Cape Town and Johannesburg, representing a strategic advantage for Microsoft, as they will be the only top-tier cloud provider with a data center presence in Africa. With availability of cloud services expected in 2018, the services that will be delivered via the two South African data centers will include Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:36 am AFKI Original
African entrepreneurs continue to be the a positive influence on economies and communities across the continent, as they strive to make their businesses work and solve problems experienced by fellow Africans. Successful entrepreneurs have a great deal of wisdom to share with others, and often employ revolutionary tactics or a specific mindset in order to bring their ideas to life. Here are 12 revolutionary tactics and mindsets employed by African entrepreneurs in their own words.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:31 am
The CodeBus Africa initiative, which sees African and Finnish programmers and tech experts working together to run coding workshops for young people throughout Africa, is aimed at inspiring a new generation of coders who will create innovative tech on the continent. The CodeBus Africa project is essentially a 100-day tour through 10 countries on the African continent, with Finnish and African innovators collaborating as part of Finland’s official 100th-anniversary celebrations.
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