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, while also helping young people find jobs. Local tech start-ups are tackling day-to-day conveniences in the capital, Dakar. Firefly 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, one of the co-founders of Firefly.
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Staff, 8:52 am
The picture isn’t rosy. Of the STEM disciplines, tech is the only one where the participation of women has actually decreased in the last 20 years.This is due to many reasons, not the least of which is the underestimation of the entrepreneurship potential of women. She Leads Africa, a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, in partnership with beauty brand, Dark & Lovely Africa, has just opened applications for the 2017 Dark & Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:22 am
The University of Cape Town in South Africa has become the first tertiary education institution in Africa to offer a specialized fintech degree, which will be available through the university from January 2018. The degree has been designed to provide students with the necessary skills and practical knowledge to acquire or further a career within the modern financial services sector, which is currently experiencing unprecedented growth.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:43 am AFKI Original
Women have always been important role-players within tech in South Africa, and now more than ever, there are numerous women who are influencing tech in positive ways. While gender diversity in the tech sector remains challenging, some women stand out as excellent role models who are making their mark on a male-dominated industry. From startup executives to tech savvy philanthropists, these women show what a passion for tech and strong leadership qualities can produce in the South African context.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:44 am
An all-women team of students from the University of Cape Town have emerged from the GirlCode Hackathon as winners of the event in Johannesburg, which is staged every year in August. Four female students from the university’s Information Systems department won the 48-hour challenge thanks to an innovative website called ‘Amava’, which means ‘experience’ in isiXhosa, that is designed to connect volunteers with non-governmental organizations.
Ann Brown, 1:21 am AFKI Original
Nigerian entrepreneur Bukky-Karibi Whyte is the head of successful PR Firm, The Bobby Taylor Company, which she started in North America and decided to relocate to Nigeria. Relocating her company home allowed her to better cater for local clientele, and while she admits to having to work twice as hard to prove herself as a women, she is clearly proving her title as a PR expert.
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, 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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:56 am
In its second year, the Barclays Accelerator is dedicating resources and efforts towards backing fintech startups that are attempting to solve financial and banking issues within the African context. The Barclays Accelerator, powered by small and medium business empowerment organization Techstars, is a startup program of networking, mentoring and development, aimed at supporting breakthrough financial technology innovations that are focused on Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:23 am
In an effort to limit hate speech and combat fake news in Kenya ahead of national elections in the country, Facebook has launched a tool that seeks to educate users on how to identify stories that are genuine from those that are fake. The social media site has provided a tool at the top of user news feeds from which users are directed to the Facebook Help Center, where they will be given access to information that will assist them in determining which news articles are fake.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria to unveil a selection of products designed specifically for people in the West African nation, including a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds. Google Street View will also be coming to Lagos, while the company has committed to extending their training to five million young Africans over the next five years, including 100,000 app developers.
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