Africa Tech News Tidbits, Week of March 5

Back at it, after  taking a little break due to a busy work schedule, let’s see what’s been happening in African Tech: In Cameroon, a young entrepreneur just released the Cardiopad, a medical tablet designed to help with remote diagnosis of heart problems. Saya Mobile in Ghana has released a messaging competitor to WhatsApp calledContinue reading “Africa Tech News Tidbits, Week of March 5”

Cardiopad: A Cameroonian Medical Tablet

Arthur Zang is a 24 year old Cameroonian who just came up with the country’s first medical tablet, the CardioPad, which is aimed at helping diagnose heart patients. Zang explains that the tablet will help “enable remote medical exams and the transfer of those results without the patients travelling to the city where the heartContinue reading “Cardiopad: A Cameroonian Medical Tablet”

E-Learning Africa 2012 to happen in Benin

Tech Event of note on the continent: eLearning Africa is the continent’s largest gathering of high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education,business and government. It is the key networking event for developing eLearning capacities in Africa. eLearning Africa 2012 will take place from 23rd to 25th May in Cotonou, Benin, which has aContinue reading “E-Learning Africa 2012 to happen in Benin”

Lessons in unsuccessful African startup creation

In a blog entry,  developer Pascal Ehitie Aito from Nigeria shares some insight in the best ways not to create a successful startup. It is funny and definitely makes sense. Highlights: When developing your startup idea, ask yourself, “is what I am creating a solution to a NEED or a WANT?”  According to the NigerianContinue reading “Lessons in unsuccessful African startup creation”

African Tech Tidbits: Week of February 13th 2012

It’s the middle of the week, I’ve been busy with life and wanted to post a few articles but never got time, so  decided to start a new, hopefully weekly series of articles aggregating articles that I find interesting related to Africa and Tech. So for this week: Over at Forbes, a list of theContinue reading “African Tech Tidbits: Week of February 13th 2012”

E-Book: App Design help for design-averse developers from Afriapps

Afriapps developer Andrew Mugoya is back at it again with a new book offering some designing help to app developers. Titled  “Help! I am a developer with no clue about design”, the book aims to help developers integrate minimal design elements to make their apps acceptable not only to the Afriapps app store but alsoContinue reading “E-Book: App Design help for design-averse developers from Afriapps”

Website design rules for the African market

Will Mutua at Afrinnovator writes an interesting article on how to design websites for the African market and supports it with some facts on the ground. Looking at the examples of the most successful websites in Kenya and Nigeria, Will comes down with the following nuggets when it comes to designing for the African market:Continue reading “Website design rules for the African market”

Kenyan startup Mocality Vs Google

It’s kind of interesting, and not frequent to have a mini-scandal going in the African technology scene and the latest one involves Mocality, a Kenyan mobile business directory startup and contractors/employees (???) of Google Africa that used Mocality’s client call list and misrepresented themselves as working with Mocality in order to in fact, steal customersContinue reading “Kenyan startup Mocality Vs Google”

“Driving a Rolls Royce on a dirt road”: How not to create African software

Herman Chinery-Hesse is Ghanian and runs SOFTtribe, one of Africa’s largest software companies, and he is not a happy camper. In a must read interview with Kernel Mag if you are interested in African software, he details the woes that his business is facing in winning government contracts. Highlights: All too often, the Ghananian softwareContinue reading ““Driving a Rolls Royce on a dirt road”: How not to create African software”