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Staff, 5:50 am
South African edtech startup The Student Hub held a two-day workshop showcasing its student-centered digital education system to government, colleges and other stakeholders. Its ERAOnline product will improve education in South Africa, tackling issues such as outdated curriculum, high failure rates, and a skills crisis by assisting colleges in equipping students and helping students complete their learning in record time.
Mongabay, 4:16 am
Remote sensing technology can provide useful intelligence to Ugandan park managers in forest monitoring, but must be combined with an understanding of its limitations. The near real-time alerts of likely deforestation could make forest patrols more efficient and effective, but rangers must still have proper training, incentives, and resources to properly integrate alerts into their regular functions.
Tom Jackson, 1:36 pm AFKI Original
Initial coin offerings are when a creator of a digital currency makes coins available for public purchase to raise money for a project. This is what South African Vinny Lingham recently did, raising $33 million in an initial coin offering run by his U.S.-based company Civic, which is building a digital identity verification platform. There are opportunities for investors in this space, but perils remain.
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, 6:07 pm AFKI Original
The internet continues to be a driver of business and economies the world over, and the internet contribution to GDP is an interesting barometer of growth. Africa’s average internet contribution to GDP was only 1.1 percent in 2012, or about half the level seen in other emerging economies. This has positive implications for the potential growth of e-commerce and internet-based businesses on the continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:29 am
South African farmers in the Western Cape have found valuable ways to use drone technology to boost their agricultural output and methods, leading to an upskilled workforce and general cost cutting. Elsenburg farmers are using drones to conduct general monitoring flyovers, assess vegetation health, track and monitor animals which may need assistance, as well as to assess stressed zones among crops that require watering and fertilisation.
amcdermott, 12:22 pm AFKI Original
Hailing from Jamaica, but American by way of higher education and culture, I’ve spent much of the last three years in countries around Africa, and I am excited by the potential for design and innovation there. I’ll go to a restaurant with friends in Maputo and fumble around for my credit card to cover the bill. By the time I look up, someone’s laughing at me because they already paid the bill in 10 seconds from their phone with M-Pesa. From Asia and Central America came tailors and tactile labor, from India came software engineers, and soon, from Africa, will come creatives.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:13 am
In preparation for Africa Code Week 2017, which will take place throughout the continent in October, hundreds of teachers in Botswana have learned basic coding skills. Thanks to a partnership between the Ministry of Basic Education in Botswana and software development group SAP, over 400 teachers within the country now have a basic level understanding of how to code. In 2016, 426,000 youngsters across 30 countries learned to code over a nine-day period.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:22 am
Global management consulting and professional services firm Accenture has opened a new innovation studio in South Africa, selecting Johannesburg as the venue that will see disruptive technologies used for the benefit of businesses. The studio will make disruptive technologies, such as mixed reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain and cloud architectures, available for clients to experiment with, while it will also work with Accenture Labs.
Staff, 3:21 pm
South Africa has produced many exceptional, and famous, tech entrepreneurs, like Mark Shuttleworth, Vinny Lingham, and Elon Musk. The entrepreneurial spirit in SA’s tech space remains strong, despite the political and economic challenges in the country. While most media coverage focuses on Internet companies aiming to be the next unicorn, the country has many companies doing exceptional work. Below are nine of South Africa’s small-to-medium-sized tech companies that are doing great work.
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