How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? How can this kind of innovation in Africa be encouraged? The Africa Tech Summit is fast becoming the marquee technology event on the continent. It brings together more than 200 tech leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, governments, trade bodies, media and leading ventures to drive investment and business between Africa and Europe. Organised by Appsafrica, the summit aims to bring together leading tech companies, investors, and entrepreneurs to explore key sectors in the continent to drive investment and business between itself and the rest of the world. The fact that the African continent will have 700 million smartphones within five years is going to be game changing. From edu-tech to health-tech to ag-tech,...
Visa has partnered with Nest Africa to start a boot camp that will power collaboration opportunities between early stage technology companies, Visa and financial institutions from across Africa. The Visa Bootcamp aims to facilitate collaboration opportunities between early stage technology companies and financial institutions from across Africa for potential integration. Standard digital reports that ten participants were selected from a pool of 122 applicants from 12 countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Belgium, Switzerland, UK, France and the US, who pitched their fin-tech solutions to an expert panel for a spot at Visa’s first innovation boot camp in Africa. Visa Country Manager for East Africa Sunny Walia said the finalists
Apple unloaded a laundry basket of announcements with changes for its iPad and the iPhone. The America's Tech giant just released its new tablet called “the new iPad 9.7”. Sure this is the cheapest a new 9.7inch iPad has ever cost but don’t pop the champagne yet, a lot of corners have been cut to achieve at such a low price. The screen has remained the same at 9.7 inches with a 1536*2048 resolution as other high end Apple tablets, but the True Tone Display functionality is no longer present. This feature ensured that colors are still accurate regardless of how dull or bright the screen was. Also, the anti-reflective coating that helped with outdoor legibility is also gone. The new iPad may be part of the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant’s gambit to resurrect tablet sales. At about 2
The data center industry is becoming more software-driven, with infrastructure management systems increasingly integrating with IT management systems. This will make DCIM software more effective and more useful, including in hybrid data center environments – but will force companies and suppliers to innovate more and to focus on integration. In 2016, global macro trends significantly impacted the industry, with new cloud innovations and social responsibility taking the spotlight. The role of data centers as passive users of energy is slowly beginning to change, with some progressive facilities finding more effective ways to interact with, and understand, established and emerging energy suppliers. Over time, the real-time power feed from the grid will become just one of many power s
Across Africa, one of the things that hold people back from taking advantage of the web is a lack of understanding on how to use digital tools. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is committing to training another 1 million students under its Digital Skills for Africa program in the next 12 months, the company said at events in Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg. Debuted in April 2016 with a goal of training 1 million within a year, Digital Skills for Africa offers online and face to face instruction to individuals and small businesses through 14 partners across 27 African countries. Anyone can register for free and set an individualized plan across three primary categories: business development, career advancement, or basic internet use. Users can choose from 89 courses across 23 topi