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Angola: Govt Announces Creation of ICT Offices in Ministerial Departments

Angolan government has decided to create the information and communication technologies offices in all ministerial departments and private networks to ensure development of various services.

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Uganda will host the 9th E-learning meeting for Africa

Uganda will host the 9th E -Learning African conferences on information and communication Technology for the development, Education and training.

The meeting which is scheduled to commence on the 28th - 30th May in Kampala, Uganda at the common wealth resort Speke Hotel Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria, will explore how technology revolutionizing learning and training across the continent can led to the improvement in the trainings being conducted by the various training institutions in Africa , the eLearning Africa 2014 will bring together policy experts, educational professionals and business leaders to tackle this and other topics.

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Nigeria: ICT Infrastructure - African Governments Not Spending Enough Money, IBM

Nairobi — The Chief Scientist of IBM Research Africa, Dr. Uyi Stewart has said that African governments are not spending enough money in building Informationa Communication Technology Infratsructure to leapflog into the information age which is the most valuable commodity.

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Nigeria: Demo-Africa 2014 Set for Nigeria in September

DEMO-Africa has released the dates for the third annual DEMO Africa to be held between September 22 - 26, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. The series of events will be hosted in collaboration with the Nigeria Federal Ministry of ICT, the [email protected] Partnership, VC4Africa, and Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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Rwanda: Gender Equality in ICT On Track, Says Sector Technocrat

Rwanda has made major strides toward achieving gender equality in information and communication technology, thanks to the numerous awareness campaigns and other programmes in the country.

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Consider this before investing in a start-up

Much has been written about the growth of Africa’s technology-focused startup business ecosystem. In strong emerging markets like Kenya, stakeholders – including venture capitalists, angel investors and multinationals, are continuing with efforts to further entrench the country’s ‘Silicon Savannah’.

In October 2013, at Intel Capital’s annual CEO Summit, discussion over establishing a startup venture and exposure to capital resulted in the point being made that companies that disrupt something in the market or create something truly unique appeal to potential investors.

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School tech initiatives show growth potential

The Cofimvaba Schools District Technology Project, which introduces tablets for teaching and learning in Eastern Cape rural schools, has so far shown the potential to be implemented in other South African provinces.

This is according to Merryl Ford, programme manager for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Tech4Red project, which distributes tablets to teachers and learners.

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U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs

According to an article published on TechCrunch, from the largest technology companies to early stage investors, American high tech companies and venture capitalists are increasingly supporting startups across the African continent.

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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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Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative to be rolled-out to all constituencies

Hon. Odirile Motlhale, Chairman for the Committee on Communications, Works, Transport and Technology, and Member of Parliament (MP) involved in the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative, has announced during a Committee meeting on 5 February 2014 that the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative will be rolled-out to all constituencies. Since April 2013, constituents from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South have been using the Botswana Speaks platform to share issues, opinions or to request information from their Members of Parliament. Project partners from eGovlab (University of Stockholm) and Gov2u met with the partners of the Parliament of Botswana in Gaborone to evaluate the initial results of the pilot phase and decided that the pilot would be extended until the end of March 2014 in order to allow more participation and encourage more young people to be involved.

Trying out the platform in Gweta

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Announcing EduNet 2014 to be hosted by Obafemi Awolowo University

EduNet 2014 is hosted by ICT Centre of Obafemi Awolowo University and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies (IFEDS) of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Nigeria in Partnership with Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre (StarTAU), Israel.

Theme: Fostering Technology Entrepreneurship in Nigerian Universities

Date: May 20-22, 2014

Venue: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

The three day event will look at issues around building Technology Entrepreneurship Ecosystem within the Nigerian University Community with key examples from the Israel Technology and Innovation Ecosystem.

Oren Simanian, Founder of Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre and his team from Israel will lead discussions on How Nigeria can create Technology Entrepreneurship Ecosystem with lessons from Israel -the Start-up Nation.

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How African businesses can overcome the technology adoption gap

According to an article published on BizTechAfrica, IBM  announced the results of a new study entitled ‘Setting the pace in Africa: How IT leaders deliver on the potential of emerging technologies’, which found that while nearly 87 percent of African IT leaders rank new technologies such as analytics, cloud, mobile and social media as being critical to business success, only 53% are pushing forward with adoption.

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Nigeria: Tech Engineering Centres Boost for Local Students

Lagos — Local students are set to benefit from the establishment of three technology engineering centres in the country.

Samsung Electronics Nigeria Limited says it is working on establishing such facilities as part of plans to transfer its manufacturing skills to locals.

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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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87% of CEOs in Africa to take on technology this year

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, almost 90% of CEOs in Africa plan to increase investment in technology in 2014 and position technology amongst the top three considerations, claim media reports covering research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

 

 

 

 

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African e-Learning service providers at the top of their class

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, with South African media reports claiming that space is limited at public tertiary education institutions, the reality facing many who have matriculated is that whilst their efforts may have earned university exemption, they may not necessarily have secured a place.

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87% of CEOs in Africa to take on technology this year

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, almost 90% of CEOs in Africa plan to increase investment in technology in 2014 and position technology amongst the top three considerations, claim media reports covering research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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PwC’s 16th Annual Global CEO Survey reveals that the perception of technology amongst senior executives is that it is an easy enabler of agility and growth because it helps with risk management and skills development and retention.

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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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Rwanda: Technology and Its Amazing Changes in Our Lives

Does anyone know what happened to letter writing, telegraphs and fax mail, as means of long distance communication? Remember that time when the post office was the only place the whole town converged to communicate? What about the dependency on pagers for texting and a walkman for music?

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, technology has been experiencing rapid change in recent years; gadgets have gotten smaller, more powerful, and more efficient. They are everywhere and play increasingly greater roles in the lives of almost everyone. Rwandans have not been spared.

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