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4-Day ICT4D Conference opened in Nairobi, 25 March 2014

The ICT for Development (ICT4D) conference organised by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) kicked off on March 25th, 2014 in Nairobi, the second time the meeting comes to Kenya. The theme of the 4-day meeting is "Building Resilience through Innovation."

The conference was aimed at showcasing the use of ICT in relief and development efforts and will focus on the ways in which technology enables resilience by supporting developing communities to reduce vulnerabilities and coming up with ways that promote the health and well-being of its members.

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Nigeria: Three Nigerians Among Top 10 Finalists in Google's 'Africa Connected' Competition

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, Google, Friday, announced that three Nigerians were part of the top 10 finalists in its Google "Africa Connected" Competition.

In a statement, Google said that the three Nigerian finalists were Eric Obuh, a social crusader; Eseoghene Odiete, a fashion designer; and Mayowa Adegbile, a philanthropist.

The organisation said that the top 10 finalists also include two Kenyans, a Senegalese, a South African, a Zimbabwean and a Ghanaian.

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Nigeria to seek accelerated African tech transformation

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, the UN Economic Commission for Africa in collaboration with the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Ministry of Communications Technology (FMCT), and Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) will hold a high level policy dialogue on the theme: Science, Technology, and Innovation and the African Transformation Agenda, on 24-25 March 2014 in Abuja.

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A new horizon for African-European research links

According to an article published on SciDev.Net, for scientists across Europe, last month marked the official start of a fresh wave of funding opportunities from the European Union (EU). On 11 December, the European Commission finally released the detailed topics and budgets available for the first two years of Horizon 2020, the EU’s eighth research and innovation funding package, worth nearly €80 billion (around US$110 billion) in total from 2014 to 2020.

 

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South Africa: The Convergence of Media, Marketing and Technology

As technology becomes more prolific and embedded in our lives, it provides for newfound ways in which we connect with each other and the brands we love.

It also has a disruptive effect on old business models, causing waves of business consolidation and innovation. This holds truer than ever for the marketing industry as brands have a plethora of options to authentically connect with their customers in the digital space.

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How Nigerian Universities can drive Technology and Innovation

According to an article published on Techtrendsng, it is worthy to note that the tri-angle of innovation around the world is held together by the cooperative endeavor of the Government, the Academic Community, and the Technology Industry. A deficiency or disconnect in any of these key drivers of innovation will definitely bring an imbalance in the innovation ecosystem. This makes the role of the academic community in driving innovation very critical

 

 

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RapidSMS: a data gathering platform developed by two UNICEF employees enhances innovation in Africa

An article published on IT News Africa website reports on RapidSMS, a mobile innovation developed by two United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) employees that two years after its introduction, continues to bring about significant change in key regions throughout Africa.

When in 2009 Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi, two employees of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), developed RapidSMS, a platform for data gathering and group communication using the short messaging system (SMS) on mobile phones, their aim was simply to tackle the problem of slow data transmission within the food security surveillance system in Malawi. Four years later, RapidSMS is touching the lives of millions in many African countries, helping to record births and monitor distribution of mosquito nets in Nigeria, monitor neonatal health in Zambia and track food distribution in the Horn of Africa, among other uses.

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IBM research lab officially opened in Kenya

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially opened the first commercial technology research facility in Africa at an inauguration ceremony in Nairobi. The facility is IBM's 12th global research lab, and is supported in Kenya by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology through the Kenya ICT Authority and located at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. 

The research lab will conduct applied and far-reaching exploratory research into the grand challenges of the African continent by delivering commercially-viable innovations that impact people's lives.

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New cooperation agreements to accelerate African innovation

According to the article published in Biztech Africa website, Microsoft Corp. has announced strategic cooperation agreements with three incubator organizations across the African continent to enable startups, innovators and Africa’s developer community to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies. Under the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft has entered into agreements with CcHUB in Nigeria, DTBi in Tanzania and AfriLabs, the pan-African hub network.

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ITNEWSAfrica: Do women need to act like men to make it in ICT?

At the 3rd Annual Wired Women Conference, entitled Leadership & Innovation in the Digital Economy, hosted by Qualitylife in Johannesburg on 15 October, speakers raised several issues related to innovation and leadership, such as African women and the youth taking on the role as ‘agents of change’ through technology and innovation, creating a culture of innovation, technology being used to improve customer experience and the relevance of social media to leadership.

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South Africa: how technology can bridge the divide between people and their governments

That there is a growing gap between ordinary South Africans and their elected representatives is no surprise. As one global organisation looks to bankroll ideas that may plug this gap, former minister Jay Naidoo believes a civil society movement that actually caters to the needs of communities - and not the other way around - is what will help South Africa close the distance.

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Orange Botswana launches Visa Card encouraging online services

As part of its effort to encourage users to conduct business across mobile and IT platforms, Orange Botswana has launched its Visa card.  Users will be able to use the Card and their mobile phones to initiate financial services and shop online.

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ICTs creating new jobs, making labour markets more innovative: World Bank

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming the world of work, creating new job opportunities and making labour markets more innovative, inclusive, and global, says a new policy note released by the World Bank.

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Botswana: Focus on pragmatic innovation - Boshwaen

According to an article published on Daily News, innovation should be understood as the dissemination of something new in the local context and not as something new in absolute terms, says the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Alan Boshwaen.

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How African innovation can take on the world

According to an article published on CNN, in this period of gloomy economic forecasts, Africa's rise has become a widely discussed international policy topic. The sweeping optimism about Africa's economic prospects has been reinforced by 2013 projections that the continent will grow faster than the world average.

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AfDB Approves US$45 Million Grant for Creation of Pan African University for Science, Technology and Innovation

According to an article published on the African Development Bank(AfDB) website, the AfDB's Board of Executive Directors approved on Wednesday, July 24 an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of US$ 45 million to support the creation of a Pan African University (PAU). The new university consisting of fivePan African Institutes will focus mainly on science, technology and innovation.

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Africa Demos Forum, an online network of democracy and policy analysts to promote growth, democracy and security in Africa

Richard Joseph, the John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at Northwestern and founder of the forum, has advised President Barack Obama and former President Jimmy Carter on U.S.-Africa policy. He hopes the forum will help inform and inspire Obama to be more proactive on Africa. The initiative is well timed in advance of the president’s upcoming trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

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Innovation Dinner: Big data, big ideas straight to the cloud, 4th June 2013, South Africa

The ITNewsAfrica Innovation Dinner Series is a bi-monthly event designed for senior ICT executives. The event offers a great opportunity for networking, acquiring information and strategic planning.

Once every 2 months, industry players meet in an intimate, relaxed environment, over good food and wine to create new relationships and promote their organizations.

The theme of the Innovation Dinner held on 4th June 2013 is "Big Data Cloud & the African Enterprise". Find more information at: http://www.itnewsafrica.com/innovationdinner/attend.htm 


The next Innovation Dinner in Nigeria will be held on 26 June, 2013.
If you would like to attend the Nigeria event as a guest, Click Here to register.

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Botswana Innovation Hub transforms Botswana into a technology-driven economy

The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has appointed local SAP Business One specialists 4most to implement an affordable, easy-to-use business management software application.

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ItNewsAfrica: Africa’s top headlines for the week

This week Africa’s competitors within the continent’s high-growth ICT sector have published their efforts to attract greater market share. Clearly there is renewed focus on empowering the consumer with the means to connect and stay connected, as well as exploit advances in mobile device technology and applications.

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