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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
As Africa Seeks Energy Security, World Hydropower Congress Opens in Addis Ababa

As Africa Seeks Energy Security, World Hydropower Congress Opens in Addis Ababa

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Africa accounts for about 12% of the World’s technically feasible hydropower potential, likely to generate over 1,800 Terra Watts-hours of electricity. Currently, less than 10% of the hydropower potential in Africa is exploited making hydropower an ample opportunity for Africa to develop both large and small-scale energy infrastructure at the regional, national and local levels Hydropower provides significant opportunities for Africa, particularly with the abundance of the resource on the continent and further, the maturity of the technology which indicates hydropower’s crucial role in expanding electricity access to the African citizenry. On this note the 6th World Hydropower Congress (WHC) kicked-off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Acting Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive
Digital education in Rwanda to be launched in June

Digital education in Rwanda to be launched in June

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Africa is at risk of losing a generation of 21st century workers and job creators. If current trends continue, Africa will be home to one billion young people by 2050 but one-third of them will not be able to complete basic secondary education. In relation to this statistics, the Rwandan education system in Rwanda is set to be digitalized in June this year. The Rwandan government in partnership with Microsoft will roll out digital education, a move expected to improve the quality of learning in schools. Digital education is a system of teaching that emphasises the use of computers and internet to impart knowledge. The traditional education system was termed outdated and out of touch with the 21st century challenges. All the activities are carried out manually, teachers have to maintain ...
Internet Is the Future of Education in Africa

Internet Is the Future of Education in Africa

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In sub-Saharan Africa, 10m children drop out of primary school every year according to BBC. The internet is a resourceful tool that can improve and transform Africa's education sector and contribute to economic transformation of African nations, a new study by the Internet Society indicates. Dubbed the "Internet for Education in Africa," the study says a blended learning environment that leverages internet can potentially help connect education to work, improve the skills that allow youth to access employment, empower lifelong learners, and importantly, support women, girls and disabled people to participate in learning without space, time and other cultural and social barriers. While education struggles to cope with the digital transformation, Internet connectivity has grown expon...
#TAS2017: African leaders summit in Rwanda to drive the Africa digital Revolution

#TAS2017: African leaders summit in Rwanda to drive the Africa digital Revolution

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Africa has experienced the highest urban growth during the last two decades at 3.5% per year and this rate of growth is expected to hold into 2050. As technology drives mobility and connectivity in urbanized societies, African cities continuously seek to establish new infrastructure and city systems that will enable transition, and position them as global leaders and next generation cities. This drive is what will take Africa to the next Frontier. On this note, the Transform Africa Summit 2017, an annual African forum bringing together global and regional leaders to collaborate on new ways of shaping, accelerating and sustaining Africa’s on-going digital revolution, seeks cutting-edge technologies, real-world solutions and proven strategies government leaders in Africa need inorde