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Africa’s most active ICT regions

Based on information being supplied to media, Africa’s ICT industry is growing – boosted by the advent of mobile product and services, but sustaining this momentum is dependent on the identification and implementation of the right investment in ICT, skills and innovation, as well as connectivity.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2013, South Africa ranks 70th out of 144 economies surveyed.

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Internet: a "tremendous force for economic growth and social change" in Africa

A new report issued by Dalberg Global Development Advisors, supported by Google Africa, indicates that the Internet is a tremendous, undisputed force for economic growth and social change in Africa. The study focused on the current and potential impact of the Internet in four countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.

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Innovation prize for Africa announces 2013 finalists

Ten African innovators have developed practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems. Chosen from more than 900 applications from 45 countries, the finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org) 2013 provide practical examples of Africa’s investment potential.

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Kenya’s iHub To Develop Technology Sector

Accoring to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, Nairobi has seen the rise of Kenya’s first tech hub, iHub as series of investments have been initiated to promote the development of Kenya’s technology sector.
 
The iHub offers free internet access and specialist forums for entrepreneurs and promotes the innovation-intensive industries. Kenya’s tech hub, which was funded by Hivos and Omidyar Network, has been expanding continuously, becoming a benchmark for tech hubs in Africa.
 

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Any problems in South Africa's broadband access could risk economic growth

Charlie Fripp, Consumer Tech Editor in ITNewsAfrica explains that south africa's broadband could jeopardise its economic growth. Moreover, the World Economic Forum highlights in its annual  Global Information Technology Report 2013 that countries such as South Africa are at risk of damaging their economic growth if they fail to tend to the currently problems of broadband access.

On the list of 144 countries, in terms of broadband access South Africa ranked only 70th, with fellow BROCS nations Russia is coming in at 55th, China ranks 58th, followed by Brazil (60th), India (68th), and then South Africa.

“The BRICS economies, led by Russia continue to lag behind in the rankings. The report suggests that their rapid economic growth may be in jeopardy unless the right investments are made in ICT, skills and innovation,” the WEF wrote.

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Building a tech-focused continent: 9 of Africa’s innovation hubs

Innovation, mobile, tech and startups. These are Africa’s buzzwords. A continent that arrived late to the web revolution, Africa is catching up fast and leading the way in some aspects.

The continent is working overtime to build and create products, services and businesses that can rival that of the developed world. It is no longer the dark continent. According to a Daily Beast report, Africa is being heralded as the “new Asia” and the “home of the next Google”.

“Compared to dismal rates in the rest of the world, Africa’s growth is exceptional,” Gustavo Galindo, a portfolio manager with Russell Investments is quoted in the Daily Beast as saying. “It surprises me many US investors don’t realize the opportunities this creates, with some African stocks gaining 15% to 20% returns.”
 
That surprise is echoed in Africa, where young entrepreneurs are building products that not only solve African problems but can scale as well. In spite of lack of investor interest, the continent thrives and that is to a great degree thanks to tech hubs and co-creation spaces popping up with the aim of fostering innovation and technological growth.
 
Here are nine innovation hubs and co-creation spaces that are doing their bit to champion the African tech boom.
 

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JoziHub: a Tech Hub expected to "Build African Entrepreneurs"

A new South African innovation and technology incubator, JoziHub, is expected to grow technological development and entrepreneurship, it was announced at the launch of the project in Johannesburg last week.

It is the city's first technology incubator and was founded by mobile health technology firm Praekelt Foundation.

"Technology hubs can play a pivotal role in fostering the emergence of a new generation of African tech entrepreneurs," founder of the Praekelt Foundation, Gustav Praekelt, said in a statement.

"By providing the training, support, facilities and networks required to enable entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses, incubators such as JoziHub can make an immediate and lasting impact on local innovation and development."

Focus will be given to addressing the country's most pressing social challenges through the development of internet, social media and mobile technology.

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