TECHNOLOGY

AIS Kicks Off in Kigali Showcasing Ground-breaking African Solutions

AIS Kicks Off in Kigali Showcasing Ground-breaking African Solutions

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, TECHNOLOGY
KIGALI, RwandaThe Prime Minister of Rwanda, the Honourable Edouard Ngirente, has this morning officially declared the Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) 2018 open in Kigali, Rwanda. AIS II will focus on innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African countries, which include energy access, water, food insecurity, health systems, and governance.  As a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and actions, AIS II is Africa’s only summit on innovation that seeks to foster action-driven dialogue between African innovators and stakeholders in Government, private sector, civil society and academia to ensure African solutions are concretely given the opportunity to scale in a measurable way. The summit will continue until 8 June 2018. “The challenge facing Africa
President Kenyatta bats for TVETS, Tech, Digital jobs

President Kenyatta bats for TVETS, Tech, Digital jobs

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY
SAGANA, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has pitched strongly for technical and vocational education, saying Kenya's growth hinged on matching skills with jobs. At a meeting with Mastercard Foundation chief Reeter Roy and Equity Bank Group CEO James Mwangi, the President said he wanted to see learner-led education in TVETS, which would lead to young people finding jobs in areas they were truly interested in. President Kenyatta said he strongly supported practical training in areas where skills were in short supply, including in technical, mechanics, masonry, electric engineering, and plumbing. Ideally, TVET training would be supported by apprenticeships within industry, ensuring that thousands of graduates had ready jobs to go to. President Kenyatta also spoke about Ke...
President Museveni calls for technology use to ease business operations

President Museveni calls for technology use to ease business operations

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
KAMPALA, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has opened a two-day African Block chain Technology Conference with an advice to those involved in technological innovation to use their new technological discoveries to better the existing way of doing business. He said this would go a long way in making it easier, faster and effective in service delivery and not to merely replace the traditional way of production of goods and services with technology. The Africa Block chain Technology Conference was held at Kampala Serena Hotel and Conference Centre in Kampala. Block chain Technology is a record management system where data is transparently collected, secured and constantly updated and shared among individuals or groups of people and technologically secured from all forms of theft, al...
IBE to Organize a Learning Series Event on “The Future of Africa: AI, Robotics, and Education.”

IBE to Organize a Learning Series Event on “The Future of Africa: AI, Robotics, and Education.”

AFRICA, AMERICA, TECHNOLOGY
GENEVA, Switzerland The International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) will organize a Learning Series event on “The Future of Africa: AI, Robotics, and Education?” on, 5th June in Geneva. Betelhem Dessie Asnake is Ethiopia’s leading youth technology entrepreneur, who is changing the world of AI and robotics. Only 18 years old, she is the project manager of iCog-Anyone Can Code, an initiative she started, in partnership with iCog Labs — Ethiopia’s first AI and robotics lab, co-founded by American AI pioneer Ben Goertzel, and leading Ethiopian techno-futurist Getnet Aseffa. The Anyone Can Code project is a result of her vision, which aims at using advanced technology to uplift children and students in the developing world.
President Kenyatta unveils strategic water storage program covering entire country.

President Kenyatta unveils strategic water storage program covering entire country.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY
NAIROBI, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled government plans to implement the strategic water storage program that will increase the number of Kenyans connected to safe piped water by 9 million people by 2022. "The massive country wide program will additionally increase the proportion of households with access to safe drinking water from 60 - 80 per cent in the next five years with a special focus on informal settlements and arid areas, " said the President. He spoke at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) Nairobi, where he launched the Ministry of Water and Sanitation’s Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) cycle 2018. The President said provision of water to Kenyans was an underlying enabler for the attainment of his Administration’s Big Four developm
Somalia marks World Telecom Day

Somalia marks World Telecom Day

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
  MOGADISHU, Somalia The Republic of Somalia has joined the rest of the world to observe World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) that is aimed at increasing awareness of how crucial communication is in our lives, in addition to stimulating the development of technologies in the field. The theme for WTISD-18 will focus on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AI-based technologies are already emerging as a key component of proactive tools and applications are being used to help people lead better lives by improving healthcare, education, finance, agriculture, transportation, and a wide range of other services. Technical managers representing telecoms,...
Somalia to establish first Internet Exchange Point

Somalia to establish first Internet Exchange Point

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
MOGADIHU,Somalia The Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology is facilitating the establishment of Somalia’s first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Mogadishu (MogIX). The IXP will allow local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect their networks and exchange Internet traffic locally, providing high-bandwidth and low-latency access. Nisha Goburdhan, an IXP expert from Packet Clearing House (PCH), said a domestic IXP could serve as a catalyst for developing local content and local Internet applications, adding that MogIX would provide an incentive for entrepreneurs and innovators to create local Internet-based services that take advantage of the availability of more local bandwidth. Representatives from telecom operators, ISPs, academia, content providers, government and S
President Kenyatta signs into law the Computer Misuse and Cyber crimes Bill, 2018

President Kenyatta signs into law the Computer Misuse and Cyber crimes Bill, 2018

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY
NAIROBI, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cyber crimes Bill 2018 that criminalizes abuse of persons on social media, removing the legal lacuna that existed. The Act which spells out stiff punishment to cyber criminals provides for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cyber crimes. This includes search and seizure of stored computer data, record of and access to seized data, production order for data, expedited preservation, partial disclosure, real-time collection and interception of data. The Act establishes the National Computer and Cyber crimes Coordination Committee and facilitates international co-operation in dealing with computer and cyber crime m...