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  • Citizen Scientists Around The World Monitor Elephants In Gabon Via Camera Traps

    Camera traps - Saving African Elephants By Mongabay, 8:28 am

    Camera traps have proven to be a powerful tool in conservationists’ arsenal for monitoring forests and wildlife. But the mountains of data they capture need to be sifted through in order to be useful, which often presents a significant challenge for cash-strapped conservationists and researchers. To meet this challenge, a team led by Anabelle Cardoso, a PhD candidate at Oxford University in the UK, has turned to citizen science.

  • Building An African Angel Investment Community One Step At A Time

    Investing in Africa - The 2017 African Angel Investor Summit took place in Cape Town. Photo - VC4A By Tom Jackson, 5:48 pm AFKI Original

    Last week, for the fourth year in a row, the investment community of Africa came together in Cape Town to discuss trends, opportunities and pitfalls with regards to backing African startups. It might not seem that big of a deal, but in the embryonic days of African angel and venture capital, where the vast majority of startups lack access to funding, the signs that a dedicated community of investors is being built are positive.

  • 10 Global Tech Companies That Are Investing In Africa

    Google is one of many tech companies investing in Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:43 am AFKI Original

    For many global tech companies, investing in Africa is a strategy for growth that is allowing them to tap into a growing market that is full of great potential. Tech companies from across various sectors are looking to Africa for growth, with the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft all putting their money into the continent. Whether they are investing in infrastructure, skills or the startup ecosystem, these tech companies are boosting economies and creating jobs.

  • Seedstars Africa Summit Bringing Together The Continent’s Best Tech Startups In December

    Seedstars Africa Summit - The Seedstars World Summit. Photo - Seedstars By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:30 am

    The Seedstars Africa Summit will be bringing together the best tech startup talent from around the African continent in December. The third annual Seedstars Africa Summit will take place on Dec. 14 in Mozambique, with all of the winners of the various Seedstars World competitions throughout Africa attending the event. Seedstars World holds these events in around 70 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.

  • Major Fertility Technology Breakthrough In Kenya

    fertility By Staff, 11:13 am

    A team of Kenyan and foreign scientists has successfully tested what they describe as an effective ovary transplant technology in Nairobi. This is described as the first ovarian tissue transplant in the world without using the normally highly toxic anti-organ rejection drugs. “We are excited about this technology which will assist millions of young women who can’t get children due to premature ovary failure,” says Dr Atunga Nyachieo of the Institute of Primate Researchsenior party in the study.

  • Somaliland Is First In World To Use Iris Recognition In A Presidential Election

    voting technology By Staff, 10:19 am

    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.

  • Mobile Spam-Blocking App Truecaller Setting Up Regional Headquarters In South Africa

    headquarters in South Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 8:09 am

    Truecaller, a Swedish mobile spam-blocking app that is popular with users throughout Africa has chosen to set up its regional headquarters in South Africa. The app, which has over 250 million users worldwide, and a fifth of those in Africa, has announced it will launch its regional headquarters in South Africa. Truecaller is the world’s largest verified mobile phone community dedicated to helping users to avoid and block spam calls and messages.

  • Despite Online Media Growth, TV Still Contributes Significantly To African Consumer Spending

    ShowMax Growth By Staff, 6:16 am

    Although extensive research on media and consumer trends in Africa shows a growing transition of consumers and audiences away from traditional media towards online media, television remains a highly significant contributor to consumer spending. Geopoll have analyzed the top TV and Radio Stations in 6 African countries for Q3 2017, which runs from July through to September.

  • 10 Winners From The AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2017

    AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards - BoomplayMusic was given the Best African App award. Photo - Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original

    The winners of the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 were recently crowned, with a number of mobile apps recognized in various categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town last week.

  • Google Reveals New Mentorship Program And Launchpad Space For African Startups

    Mentorship program - African startups to benefit from a new Google Launchpad program. Photo - Google By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:55 am

    Google has launched a mentorship program that is specifically focused on supporting African tech entrepreneurs, with a new Google Launchpad space now available in Nigeria. Google Developers Launchpad Africa, which will operate from a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos, is a mentorship program that aims to provide tech startups based in Africa with the tools to build sustainable businesses.

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