Author: Lynn Wandia

President Uhuru Kenyatta: Digital Transformation in Africa is heavily reliant on new Innovations

President Uhuru Kenyatta: Digital Transformation in Africa is heavily reliant on new Innovations

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While Africa may not have large innovation hubs like Silicon Valley, Innovation is critical for economic development, and African public institutions need to play a greater role. Internet and the smart phone novelty has diffused power from states to networks and citizens. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the republic of Kenya during the Africa Outreach Meeting at the  G7 summit in Italy stated that Africa’s transformation is contingent on innovation. That’s why we have strengthened connectivity through the Smart Africa initiative,putting ICT at the center of our development agenda. That’s why the continent is developing an ICT policy and infrastructure to support one seamless digital market, to serve a billion people. According to President Uhuru's speech,  energy and innovation
OLX Kenya is cutting advertising prices for smartphones and tablets

OLX Kenya is cutting advertising prices for smartphones and tablets

Mobile, Technology
Classifieds online firm OLX Kenya has cut advertisement prices on its mobile and tablet categories in a move it says will attract sellers seeking high visibility on their platform. OLX users will now cost Sh 500 down from 2,000 previously charged for a seven-day visibility period while 30 day is now Sh. 2,000 from Ksh 6000 and 60-day visibility will now cost Sh 4,000 down from Sh 10,000 for mobile phone or tablet on the platform. The changes in price will now have users enjoy more visibility on OLX at lower costs hoping to get even more sellers selling their items faster. “Following a consumer feedback we sampled among our mobile and tablet sellers, we have now slashed prices in the high traffic mobile category to cater to our users’ needs of wanting a high visibility at affordable
Safaricom Sets Up Kenya’s First Telecommunications Lab

Safaricom Sets Up Kenya’s First Telecommunications Lab

Mobile, Technology
Safaricom , Kenya's largest mobile service provider has launched the country’s first ever telecommunications lab for fast tracking the deployment of new technology and solutions. Located at the firm’s headquarters in Nairobi, the lab replicates Safaricom’s entire networking – billing platform and application servers such as M-PESA, 4G networks, Safaricom’s cloud, microwave, etc in a single room. The Telecomm firm has collaborated with a number of industry players including Cisco, Huawei, Nokia and others who have donated equipment and expertise to the lab, which is located at the firm's headquarters in Nairobi. Safaricom's more than 27 million customers will benefit from this investment, which will see fast tracking of deployment of new technology and solutions. Previously, the inh
Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Technology
Uber Kenya, already one of the company’s most affordable services in the world, charges a minimum fare of $2.90. The company announced in April  that it will be introducing an even cheaper service at half that price, $1.45, by allowing its drivers to use much older, lower-quality cars. The San francisco based company has quickly expanded across parts of Africa, where it is seen by those signing up as drivers — or “partners” in the Uber lingo — as a rare job opportunity on a continent with stubbornly high levels of unemployment. But the service has stirred debate over how low fares should go, and the company has faced a series of strikes from South Africa to Lagos. This month, drivers in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, went on strike after fares were slashed by 40 percent. Faced with
Microsoft Inc. unveils an AppFactory in Ethiopia to boost Local Innovators

Microsoft Inc. unveils an AppFactory in Ethiopia to boost Local Innovators

Startups, Technology
It’s been four years since Microsoft launched its 4Afrika Initiative. The 4Afrika continues to deliver on its promise to develop affordable access, skills and innovation on the African continent. The 4Africa initiative has now joined forces with Wollo University and Tulane University to launch a new AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia . This initiative will enable the IT graduates and related computing discipline graduates at Ethiopia’s Wollo University  to access a six-month internship, where they will work on real-world software development projects with senior software engineers. In a press release to Ventureburn, Microsoft 4Afrika said on completion of the internship graduates will be able to design, implement and deploy cloud-enabled, mobile and IT solutions in various sectors. T