Author: Lynn Wandia

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

Startups, Technology
The energy sector in Kenya is largely dominated by petroleum and electricity, with wood fuel providing the basic energy needs of the rural communities, urban poor, and the informal sector including. An analysis of the national energy shows heavy dependency on wood fuel and other biomass that account for 68% of the total energy consumption (petroleum 22%, electricity 9%, others account for 1%). A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa’s first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national grid, cutting the carbon emissions associated with oil-powered generation. The Gorge Farm Energy Park in Naivasha produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity – more than enough to cultivate its 706 hectares (1,740 acres) of vegetables and flowers, and with
Collaboration Drives Digital Technology Innovation in Egypt

Collaboration Drives Digital Technology Innovation in Egypt

Technology
African countries are on the move towards the development of digital innovation. This is an ever-changing trend that most African countries have adopted to promote the digital developments in the countries. According to All Africa ,there are hundreds of start-ups, tens of co-working spaces and technology hubs, numerous accelerators and incubators operating here, and numbers are ever-increasing in Egypt. That’s great news for Egypt’s economy indicating that it is headed to being the next “Silicon X”. As Egypt’s local start up and IT ecosystem begins to mature, even as it continues to expand, the growing number of resources, mentor ship opportunities, partnerships and human capital across the whole system make it easier for new companies to launch and for existing companies to both sca
Twitter launches in-stream verification badges

Twitter launches in-stream verification badges

social media, Technology
Twitter has began identifying verified users in additional places across its platform. This means tweets from verified accounts will be marked as such in Twitter's main timeline rather than exclusively on their individual pages. It just made it a little easier for users to determine which accounts have the little blue tick. Polynter reports that the social network is identifying verified users in additional places across its platform. This means tweets from verified accounts will be marked as such in Twitter's main timeline rather than exclusively on their individual pages. Previously, users had to navigate to each profile to determine whether their tweets were verified or not. It will now be slightly easier for casual users to determine which information comes from trusted accou...
CES 2017 proves that smart mobile technology is taking over the world

CES 2017 proves that smart mobile technology is taking over the world

Internet, Mobile, Technology
Smartphones rule. The world is moving quickly to 4G and 5G networks. Mobile users watch a lot of video while wearable tech is on the rise, albeit slowly. Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s biggest technology show holds that  mobile technology is behind every kind of innovation. The CES 2017 feels like one of those periods of reinvention. Where a few years ago what we conventionally think of as “computer” technology dominated, now CES reflects the fact that technology is everywhere and in everything. It now covers pretty much every kind of human technical endeavour, from cars to tiny sensors capable of making anything “smart”. Additionally, all smart devices use processors, sensors and location technology which has been developed for smartphones. In fact, if you want
Kenya leads the way for Africa’s Technological Innovation

Kenya leads the way for Africa’s Technological Innovation

Technology
Technology plays an important role in Africa’s development. New innovations are destroying old ways of doing business, and smart young startup entrepreneurs are at the forefront of this quiet but historic transformation. The origin of Africa’s tech movement can be traced back to Kenya, which was home to several major technological innovations between 2007 and 2010. These innovations birthed Kenya as the Silicon Valley of innovation in Africa. Now, Kenya is known to all as the Silicon Savannah. At the same time, we have seen a number of spin offs of Kenya’s unique entrepreneurial revolution reach across Africa and into other corners of the world, attracting global recognition for the country. The Kenyan government has been at the forefront of technology development. Investor