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- A new College of Information Technology has been established in Liberia to offer an Associate Degree in Information Technology. The College, formerly known as Starz Institute of Technology, was granted license by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education and National Commission on Higher Education to operate as a degree-granting institution in Information Technology. The College, now referred to as the Starz College of Technology, is Liberia’s first degree-granting IT institution to offer degree in the discipline and other professional studies at the institute. Also the Starz College of Technology has developed an information technology program under the name “Starz for Kids” to provide IT skills training and ducation in various disciplines such as math, spelling, reading and Art, among others to Liberian youth. According to the administration of the school, the initiative will help to broaden the minds of Liberia’s future generation and help them gain interest in technology. The program is expected to operate in three different categories with students having access to computer and typing skills, Mathematics, English and spelling lessons along with educational and challenging computer games. The IT kid academy is first of its kind in the country for children between 5 and 15.
- My favorite post of the week, from Techloy: Francis Onwumere, co-founder of Digital Craft Studios expands on how to scale the barriers to Collaboration in the Nigerian Tech Ecosystem. Even though this is Nigeria in particular he talks about, I believe the recommendations and analysis apply to many other African tech eco-systems.
- Enablis Entrepreneurial Network in collaboration with the NetHope Academy have launched the Growing IT Entrepreneurs project in Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana. Enablis and Nethope believe that IT skills are in high demand, generating opportunities for youth to participate in core aspects of the economy if they can get the necessary real-world entrepreneurial training and support, then they can create jobs and come up with innovative solutions.
- Airtel announced the introduction of the fastest mobile Internet in Rwanda, with the launch of its 3.75G platform in the country. The improved technology will enhance multimedia functionality, high speed mobile broadband and internet access; allowing users to make video calls, watch live TV, send and receive emails and download music from the devices. This is the latest global HSPA+ technology with up to 21 Mbps speed, also being rolled out in Europe and the USA. It is the fastest and latest 3G available and will be enormously beneficial for a variety of users, which include large Corporates, Small or Medium Businesses and the Youth.
- How to set off in Mobile Advertising in Africa – “Please Call Me”, WAP, Metrics & More: Good insight on mobile advertising techniques in Africa.
- Cheki Africa Media runs cheki.co.ke, a Kenyan online car classifieds business. The company also has dedicated websites for Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda. How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi speaks to Carey Eaton, founder of Cheki Africa Media.
- The $200 Nexus 7 Google Tablet is a Game-Changer for ICT Adoption in Africa by Wayan Vota.
- SiliconAfrica: The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) have just announced the call for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa(IPA). Eligible are innovations by Africans for Africa. Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance to Africa. The winning proposal will be awarded a cash prize of USD100,000, with the two runner-ups receiving USD25,000. The registration deadline for the 2013 prize has been set for 31 October 2012. The ICTs priority are recognizes innovative ICTs applications that have demonstrated their potential in addressing key development challenges in African societies (e.g. in communities) or economy, including:– Software (application development, software design and development, enterprise application development, or platform development) and may include new development, or any other activities that result in software products for addressing a key development challenge.
- Mobile/Wireless Technologies that demonstrate how underprivileged people can use devices for social and economic benefits with the possibility to spawn micro-enterprises and generate employment.
- Local Language Software known as “localisation” requires definition and implementation of standards. These standards include character set encoding, keyboard (and keypad) layouts, collation/sorting sequence, locale and ICT terminology. In addition to definition of standards, applications also need to be developed for local language computing to support access and generation of local language content.
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