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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
$40m of Opera ’s $100m investment in Africa to go Nigeria

$40m of Opera ’s $100m investment in Africa to go Nigeria

Internet, Mobile
Opera Mini management is  set to invest $100 million in Africa over the next two years to facilitate the growth of African digital economy. According to the World Economic Forum, connectivity still trails behind the world at 21%, compared to 43% achieved elsewhere.  Hence, the majority of Africans still lack the basic skills that can enable them to take part in the digital economy. Hence the immediate need to provide all citizens with access to online tools and content for learning and doing business. Surprisingly, Nigeria is expected to get between $30 million and $40 million of the investment within the period. The impact of this investment would be seen in the rise of Internet adoption in Nigeria and other part of Africa and it is expected to strengthen the continent’s online ecosyste
DCA Trust Announces AboCoders, Nigeria as the Winner of Miss.Africa Seed Fund Grand Prize

DCA Trust Announces AboCoders, Nigeria as the Winner of Miss.Africa Seed Fund Grand Prize

Women
DotConnectAfrica's women in tech digital program, Miss.Africa has announced the winners of the second round of Miss.Africa Seed Fund. The Miss.Africa Seed Fund Competition,  which is open to all tech start-ups currently supporting women and girls in STEM,  provides a total of $7000 seed funding to aspiring techpreneurs. The 2016/17 competition drew over 200 applications from 24 countries across Africa, all of whom had the opportunity to attend showcase their tech ideas & concepts to match up with the fund criteria. Of the many startups that opted to pitch their ideas, 3 finalist were selected. Cash awards includes $5,000 in seed funding for first-place winner and  $1,000 seed fund for the geographic/country category. Abo Coders, Nigeria won the grand prize of Five Thousand Uni
As Africa Seeks Energy Security, World Hydropower Congress Opens in Addis Ababa

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

Technology
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

Technology
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 ...