Tag: technology in Africa

Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Technology
Uber Kenya, already one of the company’s most affordable services in the world, charges a minimum fare of $2.90. The company announced in April  that it will be introducing an even cheaper service at half that price, $1.45, by allowing its drivers to use much older, lower-quality cars. The San francisco based company has quickly expanded across parts of Africa, where it is seen by those signing up as drivers — or “partners” in the Uber lingo — as a rare job opportunity on a continent with stubbornly high levels of unemployment. But the service has stirred debate over how low fares should go, and the company has faced a series of strikes from South Africa to Lagos. This month, drivers in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, went on strike after fares were slashed by 40 percent. Faced with
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
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
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 ...
Internet Is the Future of Education in Africa

Internet Is the Future of Education in Africa

Technology
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...