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10 exciting African gaming start-ups to watch

There is no doubt that the worldwide gaming industry is huge – so large in fact, that it generates more revenue than Hollywood. According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, while development studios in the rest of the world have been producing mobile, PC and console games for many decades, Africa seems to be the youngest player in the market.

With that in mind, IT News Africa profiles the leading players on the African gaming scene.

1. Kunle Ogungbamila – Kuluya

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Major Tech Trends of 2013 and how they shaped the Technology Ecosystem in Nigeria

According to an article published on Techtrendsng, the year started on a very high note and we anticipated that it would be a great year for technology development in Nigeria. Several Tech events took place which brought about some level of awareness in global tech trends and also paved way for projections into 2014.

The major Tech Trends of 2013 that did motivate great change in Nigeria’s tech scene are based on Increased eCommerce adoption, several Broadband development plans by government, Big Data and Cloud Computing Awareness and implementation, Increased Digital Marketing, Adoption of Social Commerce, increased Mobile penetration and  in the use of smart phones, increased number of Startups, Support for App Development initiatives.

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2014 West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) Conference to take place in March

Building a State of the Art Network Infrastructure for Research and Education

WACREN will hold its first annual conference on 13 March 2014.

Focused on cost-effective access to high-capacity bandwidth, connectivity and services, the conference will bring together members of the community, decision and policy makers, international partners and communication services providers to get updates from the various NRENs in the region and discuss infrastructure, interconnection and other technical issues.

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Top World Bank EduTech Blog Posts of 2013

These ate the Top World Bank EduTech Blog Posts of 2013 according to a World Bank group EduTech blog post:

10. A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs + Citizens’ Monitoring of the Education Sector in the Philippines
There are a *lot* of innovative usage models and approaches emerging as a result of the application of information and communication technologies in places and circumstances for which they (until recently, perhaps) have not really been explicitly designed. These two posts provide quick peaks into some of these sorts of models and approaches being developed in response to local needs and contexts in places like the Philippines and the West African nation of Burkina Faso. These are perhaps not traditionally thought of as the sorts of places where one should look to see the cutting edge of technology use. Might/should such 'traditions' be changing?

9. Calculating the costs of digital textbook initiatives in Africa, A few myths and misconceptions about digital teaching and learning materials in Africa & Investing in digital teaching and learning resources: Ten recommendations for policymakers
This set of related posts looks at the promise and possiblity of providing things like 'digital textbooks' to learners in Africa who have been inadequately served by traditional textbook procurement activities.

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Paul Kagame: Digital President Leading a Technology Movement

According to an article published on the World Bank blog, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, has been dubbed the “digital president” by international organizations, journalists, and politicians alike. A recent article in Wired Magazine provides a compelling review of numerous technology initiatives that President Kagame has spearheaded in the last decade, making it clear why he’s been given this title. The Rwandan government has been making a concerted effort to create a culture of innovation by investing in technology, infrastructure, and the skills of the Rwandan people, as demonstrated by various projects such as the One Laptop per Child Program and the launch of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R), which offers a Master of Science degree in Information Technology along with a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In the last year alone, the government of Rwanda struck a 4G Internet deal with a South Korean telecoms firm that will lead to high-speed broadband for 95% of Rwandan citizens within three years. This is all part of an effort to transform Rwanda into a knowledge-based economy.

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Mandela Championed Technology, Education in the Fight for Freedom

According to an article published on CHANNEL NOMICS, as the world mourns the passing of South African leader Nelson Mandela, a rare and towering icon of freedom, tolerance and justice, the focus naturally turns to the Nobel laureate’s lifetime of work to end the oppression of apartheid and bring true democracy to his native country, an effort that inspired and affected the entire world.

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Innovation Dinner Kenya, exceptional opportunity for IT executives

Africa’s technology news leader, ITNewsAfrica.com, in conjunction with sponsor Software AG, will host the next Innovation Dinner on 10 December, at the Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, Kenya. This is a must-attend event for any serious IT executive/ decision maker say organisers.


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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.

Innovative Africa Forum - Image source: ic-events.net

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4 schools & 8 teachers across Sub-Saharan were nominated amongst the world’s best and innovative by Microsoft

Last week, four schools and eight teachers from across sub-Saharan Africa were nominated amongst the world’s best as part of Microsoft’s 2014 class of Mentor Schools and the Inaugural Class of Expert Educators. These exclusive one year programmes recognise visionary educators who are using technology to improve student outcomes, equip them with 21st century skills, and who are paving the way for other teachers by demonstrating the effective use of technology in learning.

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Children become familiar with technology and learn how to use computers

According to the article published on Biztech Africa, Therisanyo Primary School children, who have been learning how to use computers at the Innovation Africa conference, say the practice has been an eye opener.

The school, which is situated within one of Gaborone slums called Old Naledi, has no computer teaching facilities and most of the handpicked 30 or so pupils have never been near a computer in their lives.

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3rd edition of Tech Demo Africa (TDA), 3 June 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

IT News Africa (www.itnewsafrica.com) will be hosting the 3rd edition of Tech Demo Africa (TDA) .
TDA is the leading Enterprise Technology Demo show in Africa and offers technology companies an opportunity to demo their solutions to a captive audience and engage with the market.

This inspiring event will feature cutting-edge demos, engaging keynotes, lively panel discussions, noted local and international speakers- along with an amazing technology exhibition area.

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The unique power of mobile broadband technology in Africa is a good chance of meeting the MDGs deadline

According the article, the ubiquitous broadband has suddenly become the springboard from which nations seek to do so much for themselves within the interconnected world. In this report Olubayo Abiodun, Clifford Agugoesi and Chimezie Ndubisi highlight the nexus between high-speed internet connectivity and the attainment of the MDGs by African nations.

African governments are still fixated on how to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) given the many challenges that they have to deal with. The mandate has not been made any easy given the rising costs of governance, spiralling challenges and competing needs in the midst of dwindling fortunes in the political and economic spheres. From combating diseases to reducing child mortality, implementing Universal Basic Primary Education, ensuring gender equality, intractable security issues and political upheavals, the MDGs are somewhat intertwined. This is where mobile broadband has been described as the single most important hope left for Africa to accelerate towards meeting the MDGs by the target date of 2015.

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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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State of the Nation: Khama explains E-Government initiatives

According to the article published in Biztech Africa website by John Churu, the President of the Republic of Botswana, President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, gave his State of the Nation Address and a lot of practitioners in the ICT sector waited for their share of information on the state of affairs in the ICT sector. According to the President, the government had surpassed its expectations in providing modern technologies in many ways than one.

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What are South Africa's students addicted to?

South Africa’s students are addicted to social media – but are almost unanimous that it enhances both their academic and social lives. In fact, they believe it may even help them during exam time.This was the key finding of the SA High-tech Student 2013 research study, released today by World Wide Worx and Student Brands. The study, conducted among all universities and colleges across South Africa, included interviews with 1435 students.

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ICT will be used to Transform Kenya - Uhuru

According to the article in AllAfrica.com, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said his administration will use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to transform Kenya and improve the lives of its citizens. The President said ICT is no longer a luxury but a powerful tool that will help address most of the problems facing Kenya and Africa at large.

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Demo Africa Conference attracts tech innovators and investors

Investors and innovators from across Africa will converge in Nairobi on Thursday, October 24 for this year's DEMO Africa conference, where innovative tech start-ups will pitch for funding and technical support.

The two-day conference, billed as the continent's premier launch pad for emerging technologies and trends, has attracted venture capitalists, angel investors, investment fund managers, tech buyers, entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from various parts of the world.

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AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2013, 20-21 November 2013, Nairobi

The time has come for East Africa’s long heralded ICT revolution to start delivering results that improve the quality of life for the region’s citizens. The technology is available, the international communication links are in place, the need is clear. Now we need to mobilise smart implementation strategies at company, community, village, city, region, district and county levels to bring to realisation effective service delivery, citizen engagement, health and other social services and education. Through its range of in-depth specialist streams, AITEC East Africa 2013 will provide a unique platform for ICT professionals and managers from all sectors to gather information, contacts, and knowledge to take back to their organisations to empower them to accelerate delivery of results.

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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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The Internet Is a Universal Human Right. Just Ask the Homeless

According to an article published on WIRED, Darrell Pugh uses cheese to teach computer skills. He thinks it puts his students at ease.

When Pugh teaches his students how to browse the internet, click on hyperlinks, copy and paste text, and even open and close browser windows, he takes them to Cheese.com, an online database of cheeses. There’s something about the site, he says, that makes them more comfortable, and they need all the comfort they can get. You may take those simple computer skills for granted, but Pugh’s students find them confusing and daunting. They’re afraid of breaking the computer — or even the whole internet — if they make a mistake.

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