In the near future, you will be able to organize, plan your life, and take important decisions by simply speaking into your phone. How? Google has the answers, Ayodeji Rotinwa reports.
These four youths have their dreams anchored in Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria and Zimbabwe their home countries, but their daily realities are defined by America – by the immediate challenges in their MIT classrooms, as well as the larger social issues confronting the world outside of those classrooms.
Today is World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. Communication has always been an integral part of our continent. Think talking drums, town criers, drawings in caves across Southern Africa, and the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians. The emergence of new communication technologies has changed the face of communication in the continent. The theme for 2017 is “Big Data for Big Impact”. How easy or affordable is it to communicate with your loved ones in your country?
The third Transform Africa Summit attracting about 3,000 delegates all over Africa, has kicked off at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. The Transform Africa Summit is the leading African forum bringing together global and regional leaders from government, business and international organizations to chart a way forward for ICT development in Africa.
A young innovator Gracious Ephraim is making headlines in Tanzania. The form six student invented a robot that uses solar energy, and is able to walk, turn its head, speak and perform other tasks. We certainly hope such a brilliant mind with the desire to keep innovating will be supported, and won’t be lost to brain drain.
Nigerian visionary entrepreneur Oscar Ekponimo who seeks to alleviate the suffering of hungry Nigerians through a software service that redistributes food to people in need and reduces waste was listed as part of the 10 next generation leaders.
Nigeria’s Andela has received the U.S. Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The startup, which specialises in software development is based in Nigeria and Kenya.
In an initiative to leapfrog infrastructural challenges affecting the delivery of healthcare solutions in parts of Rwanda, the country has launched a drone delivery network to transport vital blood supplies to remote areas of the country. The technology milestone is being celebrated and applauded on social as a major achievement which will save lives, and there’s hope that the initiative could spur the development of similar projects in the delivery of medical supplies in remote parts of Africa.
With US sanctions preventing Uber from operating in Sudan, there was an opportunity for an innovative local car service. Entrepreneur Ashraf Sarif and his partners came up with Mishwar, a car service app which has grown tremendously. Writer Omnia Shawkat tells us more.