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
TECNO Mobile has launched the much anticipated Camon CX across 41 markets in Africa, Middle East and Latin America, including in Kenya and Nigeria. Introduced in 2015, the Camon series has sold over 5 million handsets globally giving the firm over 25 per cent of market share in Sub-Saharan African countries since 2014. Sales in the African market reached 25 million devices in 2015, including 9 million smart phones. Globally, it sold 60 million devices last year while the sale of smart phones manufactured by the company increased by 40 per cent. Nigeria, Tanzania, Egypt, Kenya and Cameroon are among the firm top markets in Africa. The smartphone uses a smart image sensor composed of 16 mega pixel sensors in the front camera, coupled with unique ‘4 in 1’ technology. Each pixel sensor de
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
Internet security company ESET East Africa has partnered with Kenya’s Strathmore University to set up a research and cyber-security operations centre (SOC) in Kenya. The Country Manager ESET East Africa, said the company will explore joint opportunities with like-minded partners and contribute assets in developing innovative cybercrime solutions targeting both blue chip businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises over the next one year. ESET East Africa he said has signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) with the @iLabAfrica centre of the Strathmore University aimed at enhancing the fight against cybercrime in Kenya. Through this M.O.U, ESET said it will support Strathmore University’s current academic programs on cyber-security, through collaborative research and benchmarking approa