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  • Early Tech Adopters In Africa’s Fashion Industry Are Poised For Disruption

    Fashion industry - Mettā Fashion Product Lab to support fashion entrepreneurs in Kenya. Photo - DisruptAfrica By Tom Jackson, 1:51 am AFKI Original

    The African tech accelerator space and the continent’s fashion industry might seem as far apart as any two spaces could possibly be, but this is changing. There are even accelerator programmes now – one such being Metta in Kenya – for fashion designers to apply tech to their businesses. Tech in fashion is helping to prepare the next generation of designers, assisting them by using information and communication technology to sell more of their products while gaining better visibility.

  • 10 Fintech And M-Commerce Apps In Contention For AppsAfrica.com Awards 2017

    Fintech and m-commerce apps By Peter Pedroncelli, 1:15 am AFKI Original

    The shortlist of finalists for the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 was recently announced, with a number of apps considered in the fintech and m-commerce categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa, with various categories included to recognize mobile apps that impact numerous industries and sectors. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town on Nov. 6.

  • Tech Startup Andela Secures $40M In Funding To Connect African Coders With US Firms

    African startups - connect African coders By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:51 am

    Andela, a startup that trains and outsources African coders to work for global firms, has secured a Series C round of funding to continue the company’s expansion. The Lagos and Nairobi-based startup that recruits Africa’s best software developers has successfully raised $40 million in the most recent round of funding. The substantial investment was led by Pan-African venture firm CRE Venture Capital, while other investors include DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce Ventures, and Africa-focused TLcom Capital.

  • Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

    wildlife By Staff, 7:41 am

    Conservancy rangers increased security by cutting down on theft, road banditry and cattle raiding, and when conflict did flare, NRT elders would intervene to de-escalate the situation before fighting could break out. Established in 2004, the NRT currently supports 35 community conservancies spanning some 17,300-square miles in northern and coastal Kenya – making up an area larger than Denmark. Over 600,000 people there live alongside elephants, rhinos, lions, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and more.

  • Africa Leads The Way Globally In Election Tech

    election tech By Staff, 7:27 am

    The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity — problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the continent. African democracies are in the process of coordinating a generation jump in technology. They have actually done a remarkable job by global standards. Electronic voting is not used in the UK, where people in wait while someone with a pencil draws a line through their name on a paper.

  • What Kenya Can Teach South Africa And Nigeria In Their Upcoming Elections

    2019 elections By Kurt Davis Jr., 6:40 pm AFKI Original

    Africa’s two biggest economies will have an election in 2019 with many observers and investors speculating on the side-effects of the political process on both economies, especially if fallout comes about before or after the process takes its due course. Perhaps Kenya’s current and past presidential election experiences can serve as a lesson for those two African powerhouse nations, in order for negative outcomes to be mitigated.

  • Vodacom Rebranding Outside Of Mobile With Digital Future In Mind

    Digital future - The new Vodacom logo as part of the company's rebranding. Photo - MyBroadband By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am

    South Africa’s largest mobile carrier, Vodacom, is set to undergo a massive rebranding of the company in an effort to open up additional business opportunities with regards to an increasingly digital future. The update in branding is a global effort, with parent company Vodafone leading the change with a new logo (pictured below) and tag line which states: “The Future Is Exciting, Ready?”. The new logo enables 2D visualisation, with 34 countries set to experience the change.

  • M-Pesa Launches New Internet-Free Short-Range Payment Solution

    M-Pesa 1Tap is a new near field communication payment option By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:48 am

    M-Pesa, Safaricom’s highly popular mobile money transfer service, has launched a new payment solution that uses near-field communication to make payments. The new system, which is called M-Pesa 1Tap, allows users to pay for goods from their mobile phones in a single step, rather than multiple steps that were previously required. M-Pesa customers will use a wristband, phone sticker or card to be able to make faster payments using this new technology.

  • 12 Ways Africans Are Transforming Healthcare Through Technology

    Transforming healthcare - Innovation Prize For Africa - Dougbeh-Chris Nyan's rapid diagnostic test is one of the innovations that are being recognized. Photo - VenturesAfrica By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am AFKI Original

    Technology has an important role to play in Africa, and one of the most important ways that tech is improving the lives of Africans across the continent is by transforming healthcare. Advances in technology and innovative ideas are allowing for better healthcare and improved diagnostic efforts in communities throughout Africa, including in remote areas thanks to the wonders of mobile and the internet.

  • Why Kenya Must Ditch Technology For Historic Presidential Election Re-Run

    Presidential Election By Tom Jackson, 3:54 am AFKI Original

    In a surprising but not unfathomable announcement this week, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) confirmed that the IT infrastructure deployed during the country’s recently nullified presidential election will again be utilised in the approaching re-run on October 26. It has gambled twice on tech at elections, and lost. To gamble a third time, and with the same flawed system, could unleash forces outside of its control.

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