Tag: innovation

Innovation Is The Key To Keep Africa’s Growth

Innovation Is The Key To Keep Africa’s Growth

Internet, Technology
According to the African Development Bank, Africa is the continent with the world’s second fastest growing economy. There’s little doubt that our vibrant continent is making great strides towards a bright future, with our economy expected to grow by 3.4% in 2017 and 4.3% in 2018, according to research in the African Outlook Report. Children across Africa’s rural communities are being left behind – and with more than 70% of the continent’s population living in rural areas, this is a major problem. The same report shows that at least half the population resides more than 25km from the nearest fibre connection. It’s clear that while we may be celebrating the growth of connectivity in cities, last-mile connectivity is still a major stumbling block. While the Internet School contai
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
Huawei opens $6m Innovation Center in Lagos

Huawei opens $6m Innovation Center in Lagos

Internet, Mobile
Chinese OEM company, Huawei, has opened its first Innovation and Experience center in West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. It said it has invested US$6 million in the center which will provide access to global best practice. According to the company, users of the facility will be able to exchange ideas, explore business solutions through innovation; it is also aimed developing the Nigerian ICT ecosystem. The Huawei Innovation and Experience Center occupies 500 square meters and was set up based on the concept of cloud. It allows users to access and share Huawei’s global resources. Frank Li, the Managing Director of Huawei Nigeria, said the center is a demonstration of Huawei’s dedication to investment of industry innovation driven by both customer needs and new technologies. “Huawei will
Nigeria and Huawei Sign MoU On e-Skills Development Project

Nigeria and Huawei Sign MoU On e-Skills Development Project

Internet, Women
Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and the Federal Government of Nigeria, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Nigerian government officials to partake in and benefit from an e-skills development project entitled ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme. Reports Chima Akwaja Launched in 2008, Huawei’s ‘Telecom Seeds for the Future’ programme aims at cultivating local ICT talent, promoting knowledge transfer, improving people’s interest in and understanding of the telecom industry, and encouraging countries and regions to participate in the building of digital communities. The company is launching the programme for Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, at a time the government is pushing hard to deepen ICT uptake, pen

Bill Gates applauds M-pesa and other African tech start-ups

Business, Startups
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist has lauded African tech start-ups for the  creation of thousands of businesses that change the daily lives of people across the continent positively. Gates was speaking at the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi campus on Sunday. The theme of this year was "Living Together", with a special focus on those who gave their lives during the struggle for liberation. The multi-billionaire said for him, the most important thing about young people is the way their minds work. "Young people are better than old people at driving innovation, because they are not locked in by the limits of the past." The African entrepreneurs driving start-up booms in the Silicon Savannahs from Johannesburg and C