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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 The traditional education system was termed outdated and out of touch with the 21st century challenges.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...
Affordable internet remains elusive in Kenya

Affordable internet remains elusive in Kenya

Internet, Technology
In 2017, the world will mark a significant milestone: 50% global internet penetration. Though internet access has become a daily expectation for many, its hardly available. Today, over four billion people — some 56% of the world — are still not using the Internet.   The majority of this offline population are women. Most live in LDCs and other developing countries. One of the key obstacles countries face in the race to expand access is affordability — the vast majority of those without Internet access today are offline simply because they cannot afford a basic connection. The arrival of SEACOM marine fibre optic cable on the Kenyan coast in 2009 excited Internet users - who were promised reliable and faster service. The optimism was that country’s connection to the outside world vi
Instagram now allows mobile web sharing

Instagram now allows mobile web sharing

Mobile, social media
Instagram users no longer need the app to upload photos. In pursuit of international growth where networks are slow and data is expensive, Instagram has given its mobile website a massive upgrade that adds core features of the main app, including photo sharing and a lightweight version of the Explore tab. The company is now rolling out the ability to upload photos through its mobile website. Instagram’s mobile website previously only let users view their notifications and feed, but now its mobile site looks nearly identical to its actual app. The company isn’t redesigning or modifying the desktop version of Instagram.com, though, so photo uploading will only work on phones and tablets for now. he mobile web launch ties in with Instagram’s global growth strategy aimed at the 80% of its