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Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Business, Startups, Technology
Uber has announced new rules that bars users below the age of 18 from having an uber account as it introduced tough new rules for riders and clients. This follows complaints from clients and riders going as far back as 2016, with the latest allegations on sexual harassment leading to the firing of 20 employees as reported this year. The new rules, published for the first time ,explain why riders can lose access to Uber. “Those under the age of 18 can take an Uber with adult supervision, but cannot have an account themselves. Parents or guardians need to accompany children at all time,” the policy states. “Going forward, if Uber finds that an unaccompanied minor is the account holder the account will be immediately deactivated. If the company finds that the rider is under the age o
Creating the African Bill Gates with Digital Innovation

Creating the African Bill Gates with Digital Innovation

Startups, Technology
Sub-Saharan Africa has a youthful population, with 70% of it under the age of 30. However, unemployment is high amongst the youth. The African nations believe that addressing the digital and economic challenges could be done through the strengthening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education on the continent. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Several non-government organizations, governments, and companies are playing their part in making sure that the AU’s Agenda 2063, popularl
Technology Start-Ups can Successfully spark digital growth in the Developing World

Technology Start-Ups can Successfully spark digital growth in the Developing World

Mobile, Startups, Technology
 Internet technology in emerging markets has received far less attention but has major implications for economic growth and social progress. We recently studied the impact of the Internet on what we call “aspiring countries,” defined as having the economic size and dynamism to be significant players on the global stage in the near future and achieve levels of prosperity approaching those of the advanced economies. “Internet entrepreneurs in aspiring countries are often also social entrepreneurs, in that they create the ecosystem that allows individuals, enterprises, and governments to play a bigger role in the Internet economy.” According to Voices , Internet entrepreneurs in aspiring countries are often also social entrepreneurs, in that they create the ecosystem that al
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
Solar revolution in Africa set to rival cellphone novelty

Solar revolution in Africa set to rival cellphone novelty

Startups, Technology
A "solar revolution" is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in cellphone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). This is being accelerated by the fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun in a continent that has more than half of it’s population not connected to electricity, meaning solar has huge potential in Africa. New reports show that Africa’s electricity problems continue to limit the continent with only 40% of Africans enjoying reliable power supply. The continent gets 117% more sunshine than Germany, which today has the highest installed solar power capacity. Both grid-connected solar power and off-grid solar energy now offer cost-competitive means to