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.
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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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:00 am
Malawi is undertaking a massive fibre network project to connect more internet users in the country, thanks to a partnership between Huawei Technologies and the state-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). The national fibre backbone project will see a dedicated investment of $23 million, with fibre implemented across 28 districts within the country, improving internet access and speeds while integrating government operating systems.
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, 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.
Tom Jackson, 1:15 am AFKI Original
Some of the most prominent Silicon Valley individuals and companies are caught up in sexual harassment scandals, but their story is somewhat echoed in other parts of the world, with individuals within Kenya’s tech ecosystem also experiencing sexism and unwanted sexual advances. The poor response has raised questions about the African tech community in general’s attitude towards women in the workplace.
Staff, 10:04 am
Ushahidi, the global crisis-mapping platform headquartered in Kenya, has said it is investigating an alleged sexual harassment claim pitting an employee against a senior member of its team. The confirmation from Ushahidi comes days after unverified tech blog reports of victimization and covering up of harassment cases against women working for the company surfaced on blogs and social media outlets.Ory Okolloh, one of the original founders of Ushahidi, all but confirmed the story in a blog post.
Staff, 9:42 am
Entrepreneurs behind top small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria have revealed some of the technology tools they employ in growing their businesses in the country. That SMEs are a driver of the Nigerian economy is no longer news, and the Nigerian government has really put in efforts in recent times to see that this sector of the economy is harnessed. Entrepreneurs gathered at the Nigeria International Technology Exhibition and Conference 2017 all agree that technology drives businesses.
Staff, 9:28 am
Air Seychelles will be introducing SITA’s state-of-the-art passenger processing systems at Seychelles International Airport, providing greater flexibility for international airlines operating from the airport by allowing them to share common-use terminal equipment for check-in and boarding. The airline–which provides ground-handling services to airlines operating from Seychelles International Airport–is upgrading its technology to ensure a smooth travel experience every step of the way.
Staff, 11:20 am
Pan-African tech hub network AfriLabs has partnered the ICT 4 Social Innovation Network to host a West African workshop focusing on tech innovation supporting education, healthcare, and human rights. Founded in 2015 by SPIDER and Kenya’s iHub, the ICT4SI Network is a pan-African initiative connecting social innovators who use ICT for improved education and health solutions in local communities. AfriLabs and ICT4SI have partnered to host their first West African social innovation workshop.
Staff, 11:01 am
Panelists at the 4th Tech 360 Africa Summit held in Accra have unanimously agreed that the technology space in Africa holds an outstanding promise and will require stakeholders in the Information, Communication and Technology to pursue the technology market in order to accelerate Africa’s development efforts.Contributing to panel discussions on several key topics on technology and innovation, the participants were of the opinion that innovation has become a critical aspect of the global economy.
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