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Africa’s growth under discussion at Innovative Africa Forum

Innovative Africa Forum in the format of a roundtable discussion on the 27th November 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. Participating will be leading experts driving innovation in Africa including Su Kahumbu, Founder of iCow, Simon Rweyongoza, of Center for Creative Leadership, and Kyai Mullei, Co-Founder of M-Changa. The Forum will be opened by The Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi, Prime Minister of Uganda.

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Broadband internet is expanding but least developed countries still remain unconnected, UN Reports

With nearly two out of every five people in the world online by the end of the year, more than two-thirds of those living in developing countries will not have access to the Internet, the United Nations today reported in a global survey of broadband access.

The report, the second produced by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, surveyed broadband access in 160 economies around the world. It reviewed progress on price, household and individual access, government broadband policy and gender, and access to high-speed technology.

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Innovation Africa 2013, 15-17 October 2013, Gaborone Botswana

AfricanBrains – part of The Brains Network – is proud to announce Innovation Africa 2013, taking place 15-17 October in Gaborone, Botswana.

It is organised under the patronage of the Botswana Ministry of Education & Skills Development and continues The Brains Network’s highly productive series of meetings-based summits with an unmatched track record in bringing government ministers and officials to join industry leaders in one-to-one meetings.

Like all events under The Brains Network it is the pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings that make participation essential and offer maximum return on the valuable time of the international delegates and partners.

The summit will include over 35 hosted roundtables. Prior to the start of the event all industry partners and delegates will have access to an online scheduling system to personally choose their preferred meetings and create their own agenda for the event.

Website: www.africanbrains.net/ia2013/register

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Digital Services Africa 2013, 25-26 June 2013, Johannesburg

Digital Services Africa will take place on 25th-26th June 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Digital is taking over fast, and industry players need to reflect this in their business strategies.The 3rd Annual Digital Services Africa event represents a crucial networking and learning platform, providing players in the digital Africa a unique opportunity to drive their business forward.

Digital services are taking centre stage as Africa’s telecommunications market continues to mature, encompassing the provision of digital music & content, digital financial services, app stores, feature phone ‘apps’, cloud services, B2B digital services, e-learning & e-gov services for the wider public, and more! Clearly, this segment is forming an important and growing part of the telco’s remit, and can be a crucial revenue stream.

Customers are increasingly demanding of digital services – mobile communication alone is no longer enough. New partnerships are needed with growing players such as content owners, developers, aggregators and solutions suppliers, to name a few.

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Mobility, connectivity and the cloud – trends driving ICT

Eckart Zollner, Business Development Manager at Jasco ICT Solutions, writes an interesting article in ItNewsAfrica.com commenting on the several factors that have driven the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market, creating shifts in the way businesses operate.

Zoller explains that these trends include the explosion of the smartphone and tablet market, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution and the emergence of cloud computing locally as a truly viable technology in a host of different areas. All of these trends however are driven by one overarching megatrend – increased connectivity and a move towards always on, always connected technology.

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ICT skills training to empower unemployed youth

Vodacom South Africa will empower unemployed youth offering ICT skills training to help tackle skills development and job creation within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

On Tuesday, Vodacom through its Mobile Education programme in partnership with Cisco and MICT-Seta kicked-off a youth development project at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth. The partnership aims to train unemployed youth in ICT skills and to further develop them into ICT entrepreneurs.

Vodacom Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee says: “This is Vodacom’s contribution towards the creation of skills development and job creation opportunities for unemployed youth. It is premised on concept that the more skilled the youth are, the greater their opportunity for employment.

The skills development will cover training in A+, N+ and 3G connectivity for a period of six months. The project will train and develop 15 ICT entrepreneurs in each of the nine Vodacom ICT resource centre situated in all the provinces. The total number of trainees will be 135. All participants’ stipend and accommodation will be paid for by Vodacom. On entrepreneurial skills, the training will run for a period of six months and will focus on empowering the youth with business skills.

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Significant technology trends and developments to shape Africa’s commercial landscape in 2013

ItNewsAfrica.com published an interesting article about the top technological trends that will have impact in Africa in 2013.
The ICT sector will play a major role within global commerce in 2013. Africa has an opportunity to leverage off these trends, possibly even leapfrog, and elevate its international ICT profile.

So what are the trends that businesses must look out for? What are the disruptive/ enabling technologies that will impact existing and emerging markets throughout the continent?

The following list presents the most significant technology trends and developments that will shape Africa’s commercial landscape this year:

1. Growing interest in e-Commerce and online trade

2. Enter the business incubator

3. International tech funds focussing on Africa 

4. Impact of mobility on the workplace 

5. Cloud build-up over markets 

6. More broadband for long-term growth

7. Social media as Africa’s news source

 

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SMEs should integrate IT-based Solutions to enhance operations

According to the relevant article published in allafrica.com, government in Rwanda urges small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) to integrate IT-based solutions to enhance their operations as states the ICT director general, Didier Nkurikiyimfura.

Nkurikiyimfura said new IT innovations were vital in running businesses today since they ease operations and, hence, boost enterprise growth, who was recently speaking during the launch of business software, Cumulus, which will enable businesses handle different aspects of operations at the same time.

Cumulus is powered by Rwandan-based IT firm, Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS) and SAP, the world's leading business solutions software company.

TTCS Rwanda has partnered with local Rwandan IT companies, including the government-owned Broadband Systems Corporation, on the project.

"This new system will enable our SMEs streamline their operations and increase business insight, reduce IT cost and increase business agility," Nkurikiyimfura said.

"Having one system allows you to manage your business from any angle. Businesses, especially when they are growing, need to be competitive," explained Pankaj Pema, speaking on behalf of Cumulus.

 

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Congratulating the Apps4Africa 2012 Winners!

In 2012, the Apps4Africa: Business Challenge asked young tech developers to submit their business ideas aimed at solving local problems through a series of brainstorming sessions held in six countries across Africa. The brainstorming events, which engaged local stakeholders, partners, and local US Embassies, focused mainly on engaging and encouraging the next young tech CEOs and teams of change makers that could innovate, create, and transform their technology businesses to provide more employment opportunities and strengthen the economy of their region.

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