Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves moving rapidly to the frontiers of innovation. Technological leapfrogging in Africa has focused on economic transformation and the improvement of services. Drones are an example: they’re used in health services and in agriculture. In South Africa, robots play a crucial role in mining. Now, Somaliland has become the first country in the world to use iris recognition in a presidential election.
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Kurt Davis Jr., 3:07 am AFKI Original
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the youngest population in the world, and educating these young people is a priority across the continent. By 2022, approximately one in four children may be enrolled in private schooling, suggesting that the time for investing in the sector is today. All that said, private investment in schools is still limited by capital and operational engagement from investors, but this is set to change.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:06 am
A continental roadshow has been planned in order to create awareness of the new DotAfrica top-level internet domain, which was officially launched in July this year with the backing of the African Union and member states. The roadshow, which will begin early in the new year, will start off in Botwana and pass through numerous African countries in order to spread the word about DotAfrica, ending at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Staff, 8:16 am
Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, said the Nigerian Military would utilize space technology in security. Olonisakin said the integration of space capabilities into the military functions would give the Armed Forces of Nigeria an array of technological capabilities with multitude of effects to gain battle ground superiority against adversaries. Olonisakin insisted that time had come for Nigeria to explore the space technology in the defence of its territorial interests.
Staff, 7:03 am
For the first time, the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program is supporting a multi-year research project with Algeria. The activity will develop an innovative detection system to help in the fight against terrorism while engaging key partners in practical cooperation. The new project brings together the Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Ecole Militaire Polytechnique and KTH Royal Institute of Technology to work on the design and development of a terahertz (THz) imaging and detection system.
Ann Brown, 2:41 am AFKI Original
Shaleen Manhire Nullens has been working since she was 14, beginning a long road that now sees her reach her potential as a successful serial entrepreneur. From difficulty and necessity, she has managed to rise from the ashes into a highly successful business person with multiple businesses under her belt and more in her future sights. Nullens tells an inspiring story of making a comeback and fighting to be successfu
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:13 am
Uber is committing itself to the Egyptian market despite economic difficulties in the country, announcing a new support center in the capital that will see an investment of $5 million. The taxi-hailing startup has launched a support center in Cairo, with $5 million set to be spent on the project over the next five years, creating employment for 700 Egyptians as a result. Uber had two million users and provided jobs for 60,000 drivers in Egypt last year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:23 am AFKI Original
Africa is fast becoming a key global tech market, and many of the tech leaders of tomorrow are emerging from the continent. Well-educated, innovative and with leadership qualities that make them stand out among their peers, Africa’s current crop of young tech influencers are impressive. From techpreneurs to investors, business leaders to top innovators, this list of African tech personalities who are under 40 years of age is testament to the growing influence that Africa has in a global context.
Kurt Davis Jr., 6:04 am AFKI Original
Today the airline industry in Africa is drastically different from a decade ago. The economic growth in the region and improved political stability underpin increased international traffic on the African continent, and perhaps it is time for Africa to have its own global private airline. Estimates place Africa as the third fastest growing region in this category, trailing only the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Staff, 8:11 am
The National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), has released the 2016 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators Report which provides data about the performance of the country’s system of innovation. The report is released annually. The 2016 STI indicators report is based on the analysis of the National System of Innovation performance during the period between 1996 and 2016. The STI Indicators report is released annually by NACI an entity of the Department of Science and Technology
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.
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