Tech: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:50 am
Taxi-hailing startup Uber has appointed a new West Africa general manager, with Nigerian-Canadian Lola Kassim now heading up operations in the region. The announcement sees the former management consultant at McKinsey and Company take on the West African leadership role at the California-based firm. Uber currently operate in 15 cities across eight African countries, including Kumasi, Accra, Abuja and Lagos.
Staff, 8:28 am
The Ministry of Communications together with AB2020, will jointly host the Maiden Tech in Ghana Conference at the Accra Digital Centre. The Conference is aimed to bring together the think tanks, key industry players and influencers in the public and private sectors to engage and encourage the development of Ghana’s technological ecosystem.The success of the first conference held in London, February 2017 paved the way for the maiden edition of the Tech in Ghana conference in Accra November 21-22.
Staff, 8:07 am
My career started out in a software development consultancy firm where I was the only woman on the team. Local tech companies back then preferred to hire men, when they did hire women it was only for junior positions. I started Women in Technology Uganda to increase the participation of women and girls in technology in Africa. I wanted to create an environment that teaches young girls and women about the opportunities in technology, teach them the relevant skills to get high paying tech jobs.
Staff, 6:59 am
Facebook hosted a Women in Tech event and a Developer Circles Masterclass in Nairobi, Kenya. Bringing together the Developer Circle in Nairobi for an evening of networking, Facebook also hosted a Developer Masterclass with 25 Developer Circle leads from across Africa, in an intensive, three-day training course. Exploring Facebook technologies and platform products aimed at enhancing the ecosystem, both events brought together developers to connect, share ideas, learn, and collaborate.
Staff, 9:37 am
When Tolulope Komolafe first heard the pitch, she was skeptical. A fledgling company in Lagos, Nigeria, would pay her to learn how to write modern computer code and then offer her a good job in the high-tech economy. After inquiring, Komolafe found the offer was real. Today, she is a software developer and she dreams of starting her own tech company someday. Komolafe, a 27-year-old Nigerian, is one of hundreds of young Africans who have joined Andela, a fast-growing start-up based in New York.
Staff, 9:14 am
The advent of the Internet and the exponential development of new technologies have drastically changed our lives.For the music industry, especially in Africa, the Internet has brought with it a deep and progressive change that is affecting every aspect of the sector. Are these current and future developments beneficial to all the actors in the industry, especially musicians? And what are the prospects for African music-makers,promoters, broadcasters and consumers in light of these technologies?
Staff, 8:47 am
Africa is on fire. That has nothing to do with climate change, but with investor interest and technology momentum. Life expectancy in Africa increased eight years and this burst of life is being replicated in its tech ecosystems.From Cairo to Kigali, Cape Town to Lagos, Nairobi to Accra and Kampala to Dakar, tech hubs are rising faster than the cities that contain them. African software company Andela raised $40 million to connect Africa’s engineering talent into the global technology ecosystem.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:56 am
New data technology company 4Sight Holdings made their debut on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) this week. Tech company 4Sight Holdings officially listed on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange (AltX) on Thursday, 19 October 2017. This is the first new tech listing on the South African bourse in almost three years. The last IT-related tech listing on the South African exchange was services sector company Cartrack in December 2014.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:15 am AFKI Original
The Seedstars Dakar Competition served as the Senegalese leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets. The competition took place at the end of September, with 9 of the best startups aiming to be the representative from Senegal for the global final event next year, with more African countries taking part than ever before. Seedstars World holds these events in over 65 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am
Airbnb has made a commitment to invest $1 million in community-led tourism projects across the African continent over the course of the next few years. Airbnb, the mobile app-based hospitality booking site which allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, will invest $1 million in community-based African tourism projects between 2018 and 2020.
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