“It’s still fresh in my mind, the scene of female genital mutilation,” said Purity Achieng, a 17-year-old from Kenya. Achieng was speaking n the finals of the Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit, a competition that invites girls to come up with tech solutions to local community problems. Achieng and her team call themselves “The Restorers.” They are taking on Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. They have created an app, called i-Cut, which connects girls at risk of FGM with rescue agents.
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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.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:25 am AFKI Original
There are currently 300 tech hubs in 93 cities across 42 countries on the African continent. The growing number of tech hubs and developers is drawing significant investment, with more than $366 million invested in startups across Africa in 2016. Despite these positive numbers, a few tweaks could help in boosting the African tech scene and increasing the likelihood of success for African startups.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:27 am
Five Kenyan girls have been invited to take part in the 2017 Google Technovation after they impressed with their mobile app, which aims to put a stop to female genital mutilation in the East African country. The girls, aged between 15 and 17 years old, are the only Africans selected to be part of this year’s event at Google’s headquarters in California, where their app will be in contention to win a $15,000 prize.
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.
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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:42 am
South African medical tech startup Essential Medical Guidance, known simply as EMGuidance, won the South African leg of the Seedstars World competition at the end of June. EMGuidance provides a mobile app, which was launched last year, allowing doctors and medical professionals to source treatment protocols for chronic conditions and information on medication that differs from region to region, giving those in the medical profession the ability to make informed decisions.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:25 am AFKI Original
While Donald Trump continues to dominate the headlines, the major storyline from the recent G20 meeting may be that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking charge on the global stage, and at the top of her agenda is African development. While climate change is still an important focus for the G20, there were a number of strategic initiatives that came to the forefront with regards to Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:39 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in African daily life, and in fact, some mobile apps that have been created contribute to saving lives. Mobile apps are easily accessible, often free or cost-effective, and can be used on the go. Whether helping to enhance healthcare, assist with security or summon law enforcement, the mobile apps on this list have been designed specifically to deal with challenges and assist African communities with crucial elements of their lives. Here are 12 mobile apps that are saving lives in Africa.
Staff, 12:18 pm
Mobile phone text messaging is a powerful tool for improving quality of care, as shown by José António Nhavoto in his doctoral thesis in informatics at Örebro University. He has developed and tested a method in Mozambique, helping patients with severe diseases to follow through with their treatments.Combining care and communication in his thesis project,Nhavoto has examined how text messages can be used in different ways to improve care for patients linked to 16 healthcare centres in Mozambique.
Staff, 8:47 am
The world’s first commercial drone delivery service operates from a hill in the middle of Rwanda. From here, Zipline, a San Francisco-based robotics company, delivers blood by drone to almost half of all Rwanda’s blood transfusion centers. Orders are made online, by text, phone, or WhatsApp. An order has come in for a hospital about two hours away by car. The drone delivers the package in 20 minutes. “To have a proven model here first in Rwanda is amazing,” says Maggie Jim, Zipline.
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