INNOVATIONS

2015 Youth mHealth Innovation competition now on

2015 Youth mHealth Innovation competition now on

Botswana’s 2015 mHealth Innovation Competition has been launched with much promise from those taking part to excel beyond limit.  Read More

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Dr Chase and Minister KhamaElephant census not ready for drone technology Elephants Without Borders, a Botswana conservation project which is bankrolled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has ...
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Two African leaders unite to boost innovation on the continentTwo African leaders unite to boost innovation on the continent The UCT Graduate School of Business and MTN have formed a multi-million rand partnership to catalyse ...
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Silicon Congo project to boost ICT entrepreneurshipSilicon Congo project to boost ICT entrepreneurship ICT entrepreneurs in Congo Brazzaville have been given a platform to take off, grow and prosper ...
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MORE INNOVATIONS NEWS

Tuesday 17 Feb

Africa 118 launches online business directory

UGANDA
You can now find local services in Uganda at the click of the button, with the launch of Africa 118’s online directory.»
Thursday 12 Feb

CRAN, LS telcom use remote aircraft to audit remote broadcast sites

NAMIBIA
The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and LS telcom have performed audits of 25 broadcast transmission sites using remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), which include a measurement and sensor system as well as a camera onboard.»
Monday 9 Feb

Agriculture startups stand to win $50,000 each in seed funding

KENYA
Innovators have two weeks left to apply for an accelerator programme for agriculture in East Africa. »
Thursday 5 Feb

Airtel, UP Magazine to award key change-makers

KENYA
Airtel has partnered with UP Magazine to launch a first of its kind awards to reward innovative elements in Kenyan society.»
Wednesday 4 Feb

MasterCard launches $50m fund to boost rural financial services

IVORY COAST
The MasterCard Foundation has launched a US$50 million challenge fund to improve the lives of smallholder farmers by enabling businesses to begin or expand financial services in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.  »
Monday 2 Feb

App for disabled children reaches Ericsson Innovation Award semi-finals

SENEGAL
Team Handi’Educ from Senegal has emerged a semi-finalist in the Ericsson Innovation Awards representing sub-Saharan Africa. The innovative team, comprising three engineering students, developed an educative web/mobile application to support handicapped children in a learning environment.»
Friday 30 Jan

Buzztrick overall winner of MTN App Challenge Version 2.0

GHANA
The developer of the Buzztrick app, Nana Ekow Taylor, has been adjudged the overall winner of the MTN Ghana App Challenge Version 2.0.»
Thursday 29 Jan

Ghanaian startup Beam heads for Seedstars World Final

GHANA
Seedstars World, the most exclusive startup competition for emerging markets and fast growing startups, is bringing Ghana-based startup Beam to Geneva for its Final Event on February 4. »
Thursday 29 Jan

150 entrepreneurs advance to quarter-finals of Digital Change-makers competition

GHANA
150 young Ghanaian entrepreneurs with varied digital solutions to improve the lives of Ghanaians, especially children, have made it to the quarter-finals of the Tigo Digital Change-makers competition.»
Monday 26 Jan

Ugandan innovators use smartphones to detect malaria

UGANDA
A team of young Ugandan innovators has developed a tool that can diagnose malaria using a smartphone.»
Monday 26 Jan

Minister tours Botswana Innovation Hub projects

BOTSWANA
Botswana’s Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Hon. Nonofo Molefhi, took time for a tour of some of the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) projects on a familiarisation mission. »
Friday 23 Jan

Safaricom launches ideas portal

KENYA
Safaricom has launched an interactive portal dubbed Zindua Café through which external innovators and developers will be able to share their ideas, applications and prototypes with Safaricom. »
Saturday 17 Jan

UCC launches 2015 ACIA awards

UGANDA
Uganda has launched the fifth Annual Communications and Innovation Awards, which celebrate and foster ICT innovation and achievement.»
Thursday 15 Jan

Nomanini takes Africa by storm using Google Cloud Platform

SOUTH AFRICA
Nomanini, a Cape Town-based mobile point of sale service that specialises in facilitating cash payments in emerging markets, has successfully scaled into six countries across Africa in just four years, using Google’s Cloud Platform. »
Tuesday 13 Jan

New GoMetro Mini gives easy access to public transport info in 11 SA languages

SOUTH AFRICA
South African transport app GoMetro has expanded to include a new mobile app for older phones, the brainchild of an intern working at GoMetro.»
Monday 12 Jan

Ivory Coast’s US$56m digital village to be completed in 2017

IVORY COAST
The first phase of the Ivorian digital village, VITIB, will be completed in 30 months' time, the Ivorian government said.»

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IN DEPTH

Kenya’s digital TV battle hots up Kenya’s digital TV battle hots up

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COMPANY NEWS

MTN demonstrates the benefits of its video on demand offering

MTN showcased the benefits of FrontRow when it streamed high bandwidth video content onto multiple mobile devices using its video on demand (VOD) offering.

VMware appoints Bask Iyer as chief information officer

VMware has announced the appointment of Bask Iyer to the role of senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of VMware.