Tech: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:16 am
South African telecommunications giant MTN has launched a new incubator program for tech startups in Ivory Coast. The incubator, which is called Ye’llo Startup, is aimed at helping young entrepreneurs to design and deploy digital solutions through their startups. A selection of 10 startups will be given the chance to feature in the first incubation cycle, which will run over a one-month period from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, 2017.
Staff, 10:15 am
The youth in sub-Saharan Africa encounter more digital advertisements on a daily basis than any other form of advertisement. The number of Internet users and their daily usage continues to surge as audiences shift away from TV, radio and print media, a recent GeoPoll Straw Poll found.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 am AFKI Original
African fintech startups have yet another opportunity to strive towards sustainability with the launch of the Village Capital Fintech Africa 2018 program, in collaboration with PayPal. The U.S.-based venture capital fund’s annual investment-readiness program, which is geared towards supporting African startups focused on financial health, is looking to fill a cohort of 10-12 companies from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:52 am AFKI Original
The Seedstars Harare Competition served as the Zimbabwean leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets took place at the end of October, with 10 of the best startups vying to be the representative from Zimbabwe for the global final event next year. Seedstars World, which describes itself as the world’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets, holds these events in over 65 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.
Staff, 6:03 pm
With Africa currently undergoing a digital revolution, the WHO Regional Office for Africa and the International Telecommunications Union signed a Cooperation Agreement in Geneva, on using digital services to save lives and improve people’s health. The partnership will focus on building platforms to scale digital health at national level, build a capable workforce to effectively use ICT as well as address the need of multi-stakeholders partnerships for sustainable adoption of digital health.
Staff, 4:45 pm
The cars of the future will depend upon supplies of an obscure metal from a country in the African tropics where there has never been a peaceful transition of power and child labor is still used in parts of the mining industry. Most major automakers are pledging to build millions of electric vehicles as the world’s governments crack down on climate-damaging emissions from traditional-fuel engines.Demand is surging for lithium-ion batteries and the materials needed to make them–including cobalt.
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.
Staff, 4:26 pm
Brian Dinga, his sister-in-law and her six children fled their South Sudanese home in 2016 after his brother was shot dead.They trekked across the border into Uganda and were accommodated in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Bidibidi, where they struggled to make ends meet. Brian, 62, had no job and no money, and prospects for the family were not good. A donated mobile phone has given them a lifeline. Brian now receives an electronic cash transfer via the phone to buy food for his family.
Staff, 1:57 pm
With many insurers looking at business expansion into Africa, the opportunity exists to e mbrace cloud-based solutions more fully to deliver solutions for these new markets. Patrick Ashton, managing executive of Cirrus examines if this must be an all or nothing approach. Add to this the increased consumer expectation for personalized, immediately available digital solutions. People want an insurance product that speaks to their specific requirements and not simply an off-the-shelf offering.
Staff, 1:54 pm
New technology has exploded onto the agricultural scene, and it’s never been more affordable for smallholder farms. Technology should be seen as a weapon that fights poverty while improving nutrition, said Enock Chikava, deputy director of agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One such technology is a a phone app that can identify plant diseases. Rural African farmers can take a photo of any diseased leaf and the app will identify disease with 95 percent accuracy.
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