Committed to helping Africa improve its global competitiveness, the software giant, Microsoft Corp. has said that five African startups from Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya will get innovation grants designed to provide the financial support needed to cross borders and empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in Africa. Microsoft 4Africa initiative is expected place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and medium-sized enterprises online, upskill 100,000 members of Africa's workforce, and help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop skills for employability, 75 percent of whom Microsoft will help place in jobs. Accordingly, the grant, Microsoft said is part of the company's 4Afrika Initiative, which was...
Nigeria is set to overtake South Africa to become the cloud computing powerhouse of the continent, according to research by Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx. Goldstuck, speaking at a Cisco briefing at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, explained that he has come to this conclusion owing to “dipstick” research done with 50 medium and large businesses in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa regarding these countries’ cloud computing adoption. A key finding of the research -- which is dubbed ‘Cloud in Africa: Reality check 2013’ -- includes that almost three quarters of companies in all these countries combined plan to use cloud computing next year. In 2013, 50% of companies in South Africa have adopted cloud services, 48% in Kenya and just 36% in Nigeria, accordin
Safaricom has in partnership with Green Dreams Limited officially launched iCow, an SMS based mobile application aimed at promoting smart dairy farming. By subscribing to the short code, *285#, Kenya’s 5 million dairy farmers can now access tips on better farming methods which will help them improve their dairy output and subsequently, their revenues for Kshs. 3 per message. “iCow survey data shows farmers who have been on iCow for 7 months begin to realise an increase of milk of between 2-3 litres per animal per day. This is an increase of about 610-930 litres a year which translates into an average increased income of 25-30k per animal per year. iCow data shows farmers have reduced cow and calf mortality thus enabling farmers grow their greatest asset base,” Su Kahumbu, Green Dream
Intel picks Kenya for new investment: The East African nation will be the site of the first investment on the continent by Intel’s Software and Services Group. Intel Software and Services Group has launched a new initiative that will first benefits African developers. Kenya is the first country where the initiative takes root with developers expected to gain design tools, resources and expert consulting from SSG. With 5 undersea fibre cables supplying broadband to the country, Kenya is among the 7 most connected in the continent. This has seen many technology innovations take shape in the country with local start-ups creating mobile applications that have been able to answer the needs of the market. Through SSG’s program, three local tech start-ups will be sponsored for online training
"The GAC shall provide advice and communicate issues and views to the ICANN Board. The GAC is not a decision making body. Such advice given by the GAC shall be without prejudice to the responsibilities of any public authority with regard to the bodies and activities of ICANN, including the Supporting Organisations and Councils." GAC Principle 1 Following the article written on Kenya’s position being ignored at GAC, the former Vice chair at GAC Ms. Alice Munyua has reportedly forwarded a 12th April 2012,a letter that was written by Kenya Minister of ICT Mr. Samuel Poghisio as defense. However the contents of the letter that have been forwarded are essentially an extension of the various declarations on ICT in Africa that are now being used to validate the suppo