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aKoma Partners With Africa Tech Summit Kigali To Deliver Creative Tracks

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Africa Tech Summit Kigali has partnered with aKoma Media in a move that will see aKoma produce the Creative Track for the Summit taking place at Marriott Kigali on February 14th and 15th 2018.

The Creative Track will shine a light on engaging topics ranging from investing in the creative business, the rise of Africa’s digital superstar content creators, and the evolution of brands into storytelling and entertainment companies — ultimately creating a bold creative agenda that flips the script. The inclusion of the creative track is an acknowledgement of the importance of the content and storytelling sectors in propelling Africa’s future.

“We are really excited to be working with aKoma as our Creative Partner for Africa Tech Summit Kigali — and showcasing many creative talents from across Africa” said Andrew Fassnidge, founder of Africa Tech Summit Kigali.

The pan-African tech Summit supported by the Rwandan Minister of ICT and RwandAir, is set to connect industry leaders from across Africa. Over 50 Speakers with passion, knowledge, and experience from across Africa will share key insights, opportunities, and trends from the African tech, creative and investment ecosystem.

Joining tech leaders from across Africa will be trailblazing creatives, storymakers, marketers, and communicators who will be part of an exciting track of creative sessions inviting everyone to elevate the conversation on Africa’s creative ecosystem, raise challenges and solutions through action-oriented discourse.

 

“Our vision is to not only amplify the opportunities and innovations that are being enabled by tech on the continent, but also provide real context and breadth by adding the ever important creative ecosystem to our agenda. aKoma brings the creative energy to the program that helps us advance this, and we are excited to provide a platform for creatives who are blurring the lines between tech and creative spaces.”

 

“This is a no brainer for us, as we argue that the media/creative entrepreneur is probably the most important entrepreneur today for Africa,” said Zain Verjee, CEO and co-founder of aKoma. “Andrew and his team have created an incredible platform for leading technologists, entrepreneurs and investment folks interested in Africa. With the Creative Track, we are bringing to the mix a fun group of content creators, storytellers and creative business types that will add new dimension to the program.”

The Creative Track of the Africa Tech Summit Kigali will be captured via a full slate of high quality content shot and edited by a team of writers, photographers and videographers carefully selected by aKoma.

 

2017 Shows Increase in Businesses Attacked by Phishing Scams

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Hackers are finding new and sophisticated ways of conning hard working people in South Africa out of their money with cunning online scams.

A website dedicated to scams across South Africa highlighted how new scams are being reported every day, with tax phishing emails amongst the most popular phishing emails received.

One recent scam is that of a holiday letting company. The report explains, “They post ads on gumtree for holiday accommodation. Beautiful beach front houses to rent at low costs. Everything is always available. Once you start emailing back and forth they send you a lease agreement with blank spaces and expect you to just sign at the bottom.” People then part with their money only to find everything is a scam and there are no holiday villas available (or even in existence!)

Another scam is more traditionally a ‘phishing email.’ Wonga’s brand image was used as the front for an SMS phishing attack when hackers masqueraded as the online loan lender and sent out mass emails and text messages to South Africans. The contact information of those affected was not leaked from Wonga itself but rather was the source of a much larger leak of data that impacts almost half the country. Those who were lured by the ‘too good to be true’ loan offer discovered that there was, of course, no such offer in reality and that the domain they had been dealing with was Fradulent. Wonga established a fraud hotline to help people affected to deal with the issue which is still live today.

Another scam doing the rounds in South Africa at the moment is the dead relative insurance payout one, which has been replicated across the world.

The message starts with explaining who the alleged sender is, a lawyer of some kind, and continues to say “Since the death of my Client, i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives until now, so i decide to contact you and need your urgent Assistance to present you to the bank so that the proceed of my client’s fund valued about $10,7M (Ten Million Seven Hundred Thousand United Dollars.) can be paid Into Your Bank Account immediately before the funds will be confiscated by the Bank here.

The sender then asks the recipient to reply to the email with their age, address, phone number, etc. The message ends “I am waiting on your urgent response.” This could urge people to respond quickly, with the lure of some unknown inheritance in their minds, but actually this is a pretty obvious sign of a phishing email and one that you should NOT reply to. Even replying to the email saying ‘no’ could validate your email address and you could be targeted again in the future.

There are many more scams going across South Africa, with new ones popping up everyday. The key is to be vigilant against senders that seem suspicious and to report anything you are unsure of. Never part with your money unless you are absolutely sure that the email is authentic. Even then, call the company directly and speak to a reliable staff member or call handler who can validate the message.

iflix says its users streamed 10 billion minutes across its platform in 2017

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iflix says its users streamed over 10 billion minutes across its platform in 2017, equivalent to more than 19,000 years of content streamed.

The firm says it has also seen an increased user engagement, with cumulative viewing minutes up well over 400% from three billion total minutes streamed at the end of 2016. iflix also maintains one of the highest active mobile viewing durations of any service globally, with an average of 2.5-2.75 hours per session.

The company’s localized content strategy focusing on first-run local movies direct from cinema and a bold slate of original programming has shown the largest gains in viewership, with its local and regional offerings and hyper local Originals accounting for a substantial portion of its viewership numbers.

To date, iflix has commissioned more than 10 Original exclusive projects. The Company’s first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) foray in Originals, Waklinha Walaa, a 60-episode Egyptian TV series, was recently named OTT Production of the Year at the prestigious Broadcast PRO ME Awards 2017.

The iflix app also recently surpassed 12 million downloads from Google Play and Apple iOS stores.

iflix Group Co-Founder and CEO, Mark Britt said: “2017 has been an incredible year for iflix. Surpassing 10 billion minutes streamed in just the last 12 months, is a great way to end a year that saw us launching in MENA and Africa with over a dozen new markets, our first Original titles, and so much more. Every one of these milestones is a testament to the hard work, commitment, energy and passion of our ever-growing team of 700 across the world. We also owe a huge thank you to our customers, for sharing their time, feedback and patience, allowing us to continually learn, and improve and get better every day at delivering a service created just for them.”

 

Farmers sponsor platform Farmcrowdy raises $1 million in seed funding to expand to 20 states in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Farmcrowdy, an online platform allowing Nigerians to venture in and sponsor agriculture has closed $1 million in seed funding to scale its operations with plans to expand into a combined 20 states in Nigeria.

The $1m was raised from Cox Enterprises, Techstars Ventures, Social Capital, Hallett Capital and Right-Side Capital; as well as angel investors Tyler Scriven, Michael Cohn,Josephine Group, FC Agro Allied SPV and Dr. Christof Walter.

The money will also see it work with 4,000 additional small-scale farmers and engage a combined 20,000 new farm followers and farm sponsors on it’s platform to learn about the opportunities in Agriculture and partner with farmers.

According to Onyeka Akumah, Co-Founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy, “Today’s seed announcement is a remarkable milestone for us and Nigeria’s Agritech industry as a whole. It will allow us to build on our earlier traction as we continue to introduce Nigerians to this exciting new category of partnering with farmers for impact and return.”

Launched just over a year ago, Farmcrowdy, was the only African startup from Techstars Atlanta’s 2017 cohort and connects small scale farmers with sponsors, who invest in farm cycles. A farm cycle can be anything from poultry [3-5 months] to cassava [9 months].

The farmers receive on-the-ground advice from  Farmcrowdy’s Technical Field Specialists who also give them training in better agriculture practices and provide them with quality farm input. Prior to harvest, Farmcrowdy works with pre-arranged buyers who assist the farmers sell their yield at harvest and earn a decent margin.

The sponsor then gets their original sponsorship +40% of the profit from the harvest, the farmer receives 40% of the profit and Farmcrowdy receives 20% of the profit. Farm sponsors can get between 6-25% returns after harvest depending on the farm type they sponsor.

Farmcrowdy has to-date recorded close to 1,000 unique farm sponsors from Nigerians in Nigeria, the US and UK. The company has aggregated a combined 4,000 acres of farmland across 8 states in Nigeria and worked with more than 2,000 small scale farmers. The site has raised over 250,000 organic chickens on its poultry farm cycles.

Farmcrowdy recently launched their first mobile app which provides an accessible platform for agriculture enthusiasts to experience, learn, do their farming business with real farmers and appreciate agriculture practice first-hand through regular updates, images and videos from the farms. These allows Farm sponsors and farm followers to digitally track the progress of their sponsored farms from their mobile devices. The app has seen close to 5,000 downloads in the 3 weeks since launch, positioning the startup to take on more farm followers and sponsors both locally in Nigeria and globally.

“Onyeka Akumah and the Farmcrowdy team are changing the global dynamics of farming and agriculture.  Techstars is proud and honored to be a continued part of the Farmcrowdy journey via investment from Techstars Ventures, the venture capital arm of Techstars.  We first met the Farmcrowdy team at Techstars Atlanta in partnership with Cox Enterprises and were immediately impressed by their vision, execution, and the vast scope of their potential impact to the world,” said Cody Simms, Partner, Techstars Ventures.

PayU Nigeria launches PayU Receive to facilitate B2B & B2C payments via email or SMS

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Businesses in Nigeria can securely request and receive payments directly from their customers without any hassles using PayU’s innovative and secure product called PayU Receive.

PayU Receive is a secure payment solution that facilitates business-to-business and business-to-consumer payments easily via email or SMS. It allows businesses to make use of PayU’s safe and secure payment services by allowing them to send payment requests via email or sms to their customers. Customers then have the flexibility of paying via their bank cards or their bank accounts.

This is a convenient way for businesses to receive payment as they simply need their customers’ email address or mobile phone numbers to which a payment link can be sent. They can also send payment reminders to their customers thereby increasing the efficiency of collections on overdue accounts.

“This payment solution aligns with PayU’s experience in over 16 markets globally, including Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, where our technological solutions are changing the payment landscape. We hope to empower more business owners in Nigeria with innovations like PayU Receive which helps improve collection of payments from customers both locally and internationally.” Juliet Nwanguma, Country Manager, PayU Nigeria said.

With PayU Receive, merchants can send local and international payment requests via email or SMS for goods and services to their customers anywhere in the world, even if they do not have a website.

These payment requests can be branded with the merchant’s company logo, look and feel. In addition, the payment request can be adapted to a merchant’s type of communication like invoices, email quotes, statements etc.

“We believe PayU Receive is an innovative solution which further encourages cashless payments particularly to merchants that take frequent orders from customers. It allows them to accept prepayment of goods and services instead of accepting cash on delivery.” said Nwanguma. “PayU Receive is our response to numerous enquiries from merchants asking for a convenient, safe and secure way to receive electronic payments from customers without having a website or the need for integration.”

 

Top Five Online Courses in African Perspective

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E-learning and online courses (the so called edtech) are booming, also in Africa. Often we talk about online courses in a more general manner.

Africa, continent, of the youth, aims at a skills gap between rich and poor. But online education can be one important tool to improve the access to higher education. Edtech benefits of the rising access to mobile phones.

Today we want to enlighten the online course subject in a more specific manner: Which are the most demanded online course topics in Africa.

We did our inquiry based on online courses available at Coursera.

For your further interest, see also the article about easy payment methods for online courses, based on cheap online money transfers.

Financial Engineering and Risk Management:

This course draws some aspects from finance and economics, mathematics, statistics, engineering, and computational methods. A greater emphasis lies on the use of simple stochastic models to price derivative securities in different asset classes. They include equities, fixed income, credit and mortgage-backed securities.

The course also focuses on the role played by some of the asset classes applicable during the financial crisis. A fundamental feature of this course is the interview model that helps to give the learner more skills in management practices.

Successful students gain a better understanding of the crucial factors behind the financial engineering. They also acquire a sound knowledge of the limitations of the theory in practice and the reason why the economic models should always receive a healthy degree of skeptics.

There are some practical lessons that successful learners go through in the course of their training. They include asset allocation, and portfolio optimization, real options, commodity and energy derivatives and algorithmic trading.

This course targets business oriented people with interest in playing a crucial role in the economy.

The whole course takes two months during which the learners can interact with valuable learning materials such as videos, notes, and practice questions.

Pricing Strategy:

This course is given emphasis since it is the most crucial aspects of a marketing decision. However, it is least understood by the consumers as well as entrepreneurs.

This course enables the learners to learn and practice concepts, techniques and get the grips with the current thinking on assessing and formulating pricing strategies. Those who complete this course gain the ability to analyze how firms attempt to capture value and profits in the revenues they earn.

The course mainly targets the business minded individuals having a particular interest in harnessing the power of pricing strategies to improve the benefits of their own companies or the companies where they work. The skills they gain give them a basic understanding of the principles of marketing and pricing that would be an advantage, but it is not essential.

The language of instruction used to disseminate knowledge for this course is English.

Students taking this courses access learning materials such as videos, readings and practice materials. In total, the course has eleven video, eight reading materials, and three practice quizzes for every week.

The course takes a total of eight weeks, a period that gives the learners an extensive exposure to quality teaching materials.

Passing all the graded assignments available throughout the courses is the only criteria used to determine the students who have passed their exams.

Marketing Mix:

The course mainly focuses on the marketing mix and the skill-set required implementing successful marketing strategies. The entire course explores the four concepts of marketing mix model namely product, pricing, place, and promotion.

Product entails the brand and product management. Promotion requires strategies used for communication, development of an effective public relations, and advertising. The aspect of place involves the distribution channels strategies used as well as the retail chains.

The structure of this course primarily focuses on implementation, and hence the learners can apply the knowledge gained to their work immediately after completing the course. The knowledge gained is also useful in enhancing the development of the business ideas that a person may have.

The entire course has four sections after which every student is required to take a project where they will gain the opportunity to put into practice the learned knowledge. The project entails running a real product through an existing market mix.

The four sections are the brand and product management, pricing strategies, channel management and retailing, and integrated marketing communications, promotion, public relations and digital marketing.

 Marketing:

The primary focus of this course is to equip the students with skills that can help them to design effective marketing solutions for the twenty-first-century marketing challenges.

The entire course has three main topics focusing on customer royalty. They include branding, customer centricity, and the practical marketing strategies.

The case of branding, every learner will learn about the branding equity, which is a fundamental element of maintaining the customers are a dynamic world. For instance, the major focus of this topic is to address the constantly emerging start-ups.

Customer centricity mainly concentrates on the clients who form a crucial segment in the marketing cycle.

Practical marketing strategies help the learners to understand the drivers that influence customers and the implementation of marketing strategy.

Upon completion of this course, the learners have a chance of carrying out a project that entails preparation of a strategic analysis and proposal of solutions to real business challenges that are common in the East African region.

Therefore, the knowledge gained from this course is relevant to the existence of a successful business in the twenty-first century. Those who complete this course successfully achieve the potential of delivering practical business solutions to their businesses or places of employment.

Digital Marketing:

With the digital marketing taking shape in the East African region, this course aims at delivering quality skills applicable in digital marketing to the business community.

Therefore, the course examines how the digital tools like the internet, smart phones, and 3D printing are transforming the marketing sector.

The course mainly targets business oriented people with the aim of establishing successful businesses in the twenty-first century. The most crucial aspects of this course entail development of innovative new products, and digital tools for enhancing consumption rates, efficient product distribution, and setting the right prices.

Tools for developing innovative new products gives the consumers a chance of becoming familiar with new digital tools that can enable them to take a more active role in formulating and branding the products they consume.

Therefore, a successful completion of this course will give the learner the capability to learn how new digital tools can enable customers to take a more active role in promotional activities.

Given such, successful students will have the ability to alter the distribution of products and also revolutionize the retail environment.

The primary learning materials used for this course includes videos, interactive modules, and practice questions.

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Your e-learning and online courses specialist,

Jens Ischebeck, www.apps-for-learning.com

 

IEEE Awards $1.2 Million for Off-Grid Energy Entrepreneurs

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IEEE, a technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, announced that IEEE Smart Village (ISV) has granted $1.2 million in new funds for selected sustainable energy projects with a potential life-changing impact on up to seven million people around the world.

ISV, an IEEE Foundation Priority Initiative, is dedicated to promoting sustainable energy and access to educational and entrepreneurial opportunities in energy-impoverished locations around the world.  The funded projects are in NigeriaUgandaCameroonIndia, and Papua New Guinea.

The projects leverage technology to better the lives of the communities where the systems are located.  This year’s projects include AC and DC solar powered micro-grids;  a next generation portable battery kit that will provide lighting for extremely remote homes; local computer servers and an intra-net delivery system to enable a low-cost curriculum in the local schools;  long range Wi-Fi that  will allow some locations to tap into the World Wide Web; and one project will include a portable food press that will allow the villagers to process food for better year-round nutrition and be an income source for their families.

Previously funded ISV’s projects have directly impacted more than 70,000 people and have proven ISV’s business model, which is based on community empowerment, education, and business ownership.  Using the base of IEEE global volunteers, the ISV program brings together experienced engineers, educators, volunteers, and donors to provide initial funding to launch, sustain, and develop clean energy and to power advanced education systems.  The goal is to empower communities to meet their own long-term needs. ISV is scaling its efforts to bring basic electrical services that help enable transformational opportunities and support community wellbeing – from homes to schools to clinics to businesses – such efforts are expected to benefit more than 50 million people by 2025.

“All over the world, hundreds of millions of people in remote villages lack basic access to electricity,” said Ray Larsen, co-chair of the ISV program. “IEEE Smart Village aims to make a big impact.  Clean, reliable electricity in a sustainable, scalable business model is key to enabling a better quality of life.  Partnerships with major organizations such as Rotary are being developed to bring a full range of basic sustainable business benefits. We aim to make a major contribution to the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) to eliminate the worst of world poverty by 2030.”

This year’s recipients were selected from a pool of 30 applicants based on feasibility of their proposed projects, ability to leverage initial funding into a sustainable business plan, incorporation of educational programs, plan for growth to scale, and potential to impact one million people in a five- year timeframe after a successful pilot program.

2017-2018 Off-Grid Energy Entrepreneurs:

  • Africa Development Promise, Uganda
    Uganda has one of the lowest rates of access to electricity in Africa: about 14 percent at the national level and about 10 percent in rural areas. This project focuses on rural women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment by providing hands-on training on the solar equipment, new farming techniques enabled by powered irrigation, and cooperative food drying, packaging, and sales. Investment in solar energy will allow villagers to connect digitally and take advantage of community-based learning to bolster agricultural cooperatives, maximizing the country’s burgeoning mushroom production and providing steady income for families.
  • Green Village Electricity (GVE) Projects Limited, Nigeria
    Inadequate power supply, adverse global climatic changes and a low standard of living have been major concerns in Nigeria, where currently only 40% of the population has access to electricity. Building on the success of IEEE Smart Village-funded pilot projects, additional electrification will provide holistic, sustainable development in 11 local communities and foster the incubation of a projected 650 new businesses. A PAYGO (Pay-as-you-Go) metering system helps foster a successful business model. The power from the solar micro-grid will run a local grain mill, eliminating the 20 km walk to nearest existing mill. Other benefits include improved education, improved rural health care, an increase in living standards and local productivity. GVE Projects is well established and this award is to help leverage new investment for growth to reach a million people in the next 3-4 years.
  • PNG Community Transformation Center, Papua New Guinea
    Electrification is a life-changing factor for the people of PNG, who rely on candles, kerosene lamps, and wood fires for lighting. During the rainy season, women and children spend their time in dark, smoky huts. Children are unable to study after dusk and are exposed to lung and eye damage. Additionally, 68% of the rural population lacks access to clean drinking water. This project, in conjunction with Rotary International, will establish community transformation centers for adult education and life-skills training. The solar Micro grids will allow these communities to access locally stored management training for business owners to thrive, view lesson plans through a local intranet, and have a hosted server for local content creation. The Rotary WASH curriculum will also be stored on the server for training at preschool and up. A medical clinic and child birthing center will be powered as part of the program. The use of Universal Portable Battery Kits (UPBK) will provide lights in the community huts thereby avoiding health hazards and enhancing productivity by providing light in evening hours.
  • Shakti Empowerment Solutions, India
    Eastern Uttar Pradesh is one of India’s most underdeveloped regions and statistics show child mortality, literacy, gender disparity, income and employment are among India’s worst. Shakti Empowerment Solutions (SES) works with a threefold approach of social enterprise, education and community support and through the ISV funding, SES’s initial pilot program will fund a solar social enterprise as well as the expansion of a community center offering modern, digital education and community services. The pilot includes power for homes and businesses via both portable battery kits and an AC Microgrid. Via solar, onsite additional enterprises will be powered, such as a water purification unit and eco-friendly community transportation. ISV projects will aim to relieve energy poverty in this region of rural India and improve education, business opportunities and living standards in an environmentally beneficial way as it expands to reach a million people.
  • Shaybis Nigeria, Ltd. Nigeria
    Deep in the Kwara state of north central Nigeria lies the village of Lajolo where there are no plans for extending the state power grid for the foreseeable future. ISV is providing hope for the community in the form of an 8.5 Kw solar micro-grid as a first pilot. Initial funding will power a school, irrigate gardens, and enable refrigeration for the first time at a local general store. Discussions with the Kwara State University and the University of Ilorin are underway to use this village as a hands-on opportunity for the Electrical Engineering students to gain practical knowledge of real-world deployments.
  • Renewable Energy Innovators – Cameroon (REIc)
    Eleven thousand people will benefit from the two phases of the REIc project in Cameroon. The first phase deploys IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer technology. Phase I uses a mixed-grid approach. The first grid supplies 24v DC for low voltage lighting and DC charging. A second grid is a dedicated AC line to the commercial center of the villages powering small enterprises such as barbering machines, refrigeration and phone charging booths. Phase II increases the capacity of an existing solar micro-grid by 170%, bringing transformative power to over 50 community businesses and 14 schools in the area.
  • Torchbearer Foundation dba Igniting Africa, Cameroon
    Farming practices in rural villages is extremely labor intensive; solar electricity will allow automation of activities like irrigation and grain crushing, freeing women and girls to pursue educational opportunities while reducing overall hunger, improving food security, and dramatically reducing greenhouse gases associated with burning kerosene. This project is funding an innovative Mobile Power Plant for Agriculture which will provide a traveling food processer, grain crusher, oil press, and other agricultural food processing tools. The plan is expected to enable off-season growing and food storage, enhancing the year-round cash flow of the village women. This program has received modest ISV support in the past and the new funds are to foster expansion and growth.

StarTimes, UNAIDS Rolls out HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Africa

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 The cooperation between StarTimes Group and UNAIDS in enhancing awareness of HIV/AIDS has been rolled out in different African countries including Kenya.

Earlier this year, UNAIDS and StarTimes signed a memorandum of cooperation with the aim of reducing the impact of HIV across Africa by disseminating messages to the general public to increase awareness of HIV and UNAIDS’ work and reduce stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV and populations affected by the same.

The first concrete action of this cooperation was realized on World AIDS Day where StarTimes broadcasted UNAIDS HIV prevention content across the pay television’s African network.

With the partnership, StarTimes and UNAIDS are boosting their cooperation in different African countries, aiming at mobilizing all available resources to enhance the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the continent.

StarTimes and UNAIDS have signed detailed agreements to raise awareness about HIV prevention among the adolescents and young people.

During a recent Global HIV Prevention Coalition meeting held in Geneva, StarTimes Group Vice President Ms. Guo Ziqi committed that the media platform would make all efforts to help Africa to eliminate the influence of HIV.

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region that is most affected by HIV and its consequences. Although significant progress has been made, sub-Saharan Africa still accounts for nearly 70% of the people living with HIV worldwide. Two-thirds of all new HIV infections, occur in the region, many among adolescent girls and young women. As a result, strengthening the AIDS response in Africa has been a priority for global anti-AIDS campaign.

Uber and BBM Messenger Partner to Bring On Demand Rides to BBM Users Around the Globe

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Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has partnered with Uber, the world’s largest on-demand ride-sharing company, to launch the Uber ride-on-demand service within BBM Messenger. Users around the world will have access to this new service, including Indonesia – BBM’s largest market – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

The tie-up between two of the world’s leading technology platforms means that BBM Messenger users – both Android and iOS – can book an Uber ride via the Uber icon in the BBM Discover menu, without leaving the BBM app or having to have the stand-alone Uber app on their phone.

BBM Discover is a high-valued space within BBM Messenger, designed for high impact and reach while giving partners access to the power of social chat. Uber Ride sits as an icon within BBM Discover’s existing ecosystem of content and services.

When launched from the Discover menu, the new Uber service asks riders to sign in with their mobile number or connect with a social media account. Once riders log in, the service accesses their profile and settings, automatically detects their location, and loads a map. Riders simply enter their destination, tap the Request Uber button as well as payment option, and wait for their ride to arrive.

Chan Park, General Manager, South East Asia, Uber, says: “Millions of people around the world use BBM Messenger to stay in touch. This partnership means they will now be able to request an Uber from within the BBM ecosystem.  A safe, reliable and affordable ride is now at the fingertips of even more people.”

“We are excited to be working with BBM Messenger – our first partner in Asia Pacific to use the m.uber platform to request an Uber ride for their users without ever having to leave the BBM app. With this partnership, BBM users can quickly request an Uber ride via BBM despite variations in quality of location, network speed, or device features.”

Chan added that the collaboration enables millions of BBM users globally to access safe, reliable transportation at the push of a button – whenever and wherever they are.

Compatible with all modern browsers, m.uber is a web client for the global market that offers an app-like experience regardless of location, network speed, and device.

“Uber has grown to play such a key role in so many parts of the world today. We’re happy to connect our millions of active users with the service, giving them an easy and reliable transportation option at their fingertips within the BBM eco-system,” said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally.

iPhone X prices and availability in the Kenyan market

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Redington Kenya Ltd – Telecom Distribution has introduced Apple iPhone x in the Kenyan market featuring the first ever OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhone and elevates the handlers’ usage capacity.

Apple iPhone X comes in gorgeous silver and space grey colors, all-glass front and back featuring the most durable glass ever in a Smartphone with a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around and reinforces iPhone X. A seven-layer color process allows for precise color hues and opacity on the glass finish and a reflective optical layer enhances the rich colors, making the design as elegant as it is durable.

 It’s beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display employs new techniques and technology to precisely follow the curves of the design, all the way to the elegantly rounded corners.

The phone is redesigned to take full advantage of the Super Retina display and replaces the Home button with fast and fluid gestures, allowing customers to naturally and intuitively navigate iPhone X. Simply swipe up from the bottom to go home from anywhere and is purpose-built for machine learning, augmented reality apps and immersive 3D games.

 iPhone X features the 7MP TrueDepth camera and an improved 12MP rear camera with dual OIS that introduces a revolutionary new way to securely unlock, improved authenticate and pay. While the new 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera enables Face ID features wide color capture, auto image stabilization and precise exposure control, and brings Portrait mode to the front camera for stunning selfies with a depth-of-field effect.

 The new camera in iPhone X has a larger and faster sensor, new color filter, deeper pixels and OIS for capturing vibrant photos and videos with more detail. The TrueDepth camera brings emoji to life in a fun new way with Animoji. Working with A11 Bionic, the TrueDepth camera captures and analyses over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more.

 iPhone X is also designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience that is precision engineered to resist water and dust.

The new iPhone will be retail from $1250 and $1400 respectively. Customers will receive a free Belkin Wireless charger.

Sophie bot aims to destigmatize sex education in Africa

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Sex education is a sensitive topic in many households in Kenya and world over, with most parents tiptoing around the subject. As a result, children grow into people afraid of asking certain questions. Irving Amukasa, CEO Sophie bot and team, have come up with a solution for this in form of an AI bot. We met with Irving and this is what he told us on his plans to achieve this goal.

Irving Amukasa and colleague pitching


Tell us about yourself and your team.. Your educational backgrounds, roles, skillsets.

Irving Amukasa,C.E.O and Co founder,I lead the team making sure we are working towards vision and also the lead on new tech,actuarial science drop out been developing android apps since I cleared high-school in 2013, been working on bots since 2014.
Derick Mureithi,C.T.O and Co-Founder , he maintains and updates our current tech stack,runs point on our 4 man tech team,including myself.IT graduate,JKUAT. Core Python developer
Beverly Mutindi C.F.O and Co-founder, she is our money man/lady,runs our books and business developer. Undergrad Genomic Science,JKUAT
The rest of the team is our developers John Nzau,also doubles up as our social media lead,Rashid Beduni and Justice Muinde,a biz dev.

Tell us about your company Sophie Bot and its journey so far

We started off August 2016,basically me re-purposing an old bible chat robot i had built in 2014 to now answer questions on sexual health.I had just been robbed so all the initial code was written in a cold secluded corner at JKUAT with strong WIFI,on Derick’s Laptop.We deploy on the google playstore with only answers to three questions and within a fortnight,with 150 users we feature on an early morning TV show, and secure 10,000 USD plus 3 months incubation from UNFPA Kenya,that afternoon.We spend 3 months gaining traction and impact figures trying to validate if sexual health is a problem worth solving and is our solution,Sophie Bot the right solution.
After literally doubling our user base from the press and showcase at the Nairobi innovation Week its clear we had grown past early adopters and the technology with predefined questions and answers could not scale further. We are forced to invest in new technology that would let Sophie bot learn from conversations and subsequently our sustainable business model of Using the same technology to automate customer support for businesses in sexual and reproductive health. The last 6 month have been just that,developing the new technology and raising 100,000 USD in capital to deploy the new technology on a B2B business model.

Sexual reproduction is a sensitive topic and we rarely see men venturing into this space. What motivated you to do this?

Its the intersection between the problem, us as a society unwilling to talk about sexual health, and the technology, chat robots automating conversations hence anonymity and zero judgement. That I’ve learnt is the secret recipe to all lasting and meaningful innovation and I couldn’t help myself but dive in. I live to solve problems.

How are you able to monetize bots and keep your company profitable and sustainable
We spent the last year running on invested capital,but that was to provide insight to what monetizable value we could create,and we have learnt the value of our tech is to automate customer support for businesses in our space and we have set forth to execute on that.

Who is your major competitor, what do you do to stand out?
Sophie Bot as a resource on sexual health competition is random webMD searches and wellness portals by porn sites,like the Pornhub sexual wellness center.
Sophie Bot wins on anonymity ,credible answers (sourced from the UNFPA peer mentor curiculum),platform independence (you can use her on our app or through messenger,telegram or twitter) and our conversational interface.
Sophie Bot for customer support,competes against overwhelmed customer support agents.Sophie Bot wins on platform independence,scale(Sophie Bot handling multiple clients at the same time) and pricing ,she is priced as the yearly wage for maintaining two customer support staff.

You were recently at Lion’s Den, and secured an investment. How was your experience and what has changed for your company since?
First of all the Den is hot,don’t show up with jackets like we did.The press from the show has served to cement us as an authoritative resource on sexual health,even largely increased our user base since the episode aired.With the new investor and the investment our efforts to roll out the new technology has been hastened and also Kris is already lining up clients to deploy too.His personal networks,not only his cash investment,are a huge resource for us.The feedback from viewers and the other Lions has changed how we approach the business and its all for the better.

The SophieBot team

Where do you see your company in 5-10yrs
We want to be the #1 resource on sexual health world over,having solved how bots can understand our natural language,how we speak.
Halfway to unicorn status ( Billion Dollar valuation), is also in our sights.

The Rise of Bitcoin in Africa  

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Bitcoin is a digital currency

 

A brief introduction to Bitcoin

Since Bitcoin was first created in 2009 by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto (now widely believed to be Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright) via a paper entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”, the cryptocurrency has become an increasingly popular — and valuable — alternative to fiat currencies.

Operating on a peer-to-peer basis and free to use, Bitcoin is not subject to state regulation nor central banking control, and although Japan has recognized it as a legal payment method, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies remain outside of the regulatory space.

However, Bitcoin is undoubtedly gaining more widespread mainstream acceptance, as evidenced by the staggering increase in its value in 2017. Trading at around USD$1,000 at the beginning of the year, it broke through the USD$5,000 barrier for the first time in September, before reaching a high of over USD$17,350 in December 2017. Despite some sharp corrections in late November, this inexorable rise looks set to continue.

And while the uptake of Bitcoin has to date largely taken place in developed economies, there is a strong argument for seeing it as a means of bringing real economic growth, as well as greater autonomy and financial democracy, to many countries in Africa where the use of Bitcoin is now also on the rise.

The growing use of Bitcoin in Africa

In Africa, Bitcoin is being utilized for a range of different purposes, with many observers taking the view that it could bring real economic accessibility, democracy and freedom to millions of people in a way that fiat currencies are unable to do.

One of the reasons for Bitcoin’s growing presence and importance in African countries such as Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana are that it facilitates fast and cost-effective remittance transfers, upon which so many individuals in these countries, not to mention their overall economies, depend. The speed and efficiency of the Bitcoin network means that money transfers are completed more quickly and more cheaply, ultimately resulting in more money making its way to the end-user’s pocket.

The process of peer-to-peer transfers using bitcoins has also been made easier by the fact that it is now possible to sell bitcoins via an exchange and have the proceeds transferred to a PayPal account, while e-wallets like Skrill and Neteller can also be funded with bitcoins directly.

The ability to transfer funds to PayPal or an e-wallet means that bitcoins have become a more viable option for those with limited access to financial instruments to receive and access money, This is especially the case as payment systems become even more widespread and can be used for more and more retail, commerce and entertainment options, such as these sites that accept PayPal.

Bitcoin is also becoming a tool for business in a number of African countries, such as Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Tanzania, with locally-based start-ups creating bitcoin-based lending platforms, thereby eliminating the need for banks and making cross-border lending quicker and more affordable.

Through a combination of the bitcoin blockchain and mobile technology, it is becoming increasingly possible for African small business owners not only to gain investment from all over the world, but also to be able to access these funds quickly through a mobile phone and using locally-based remittance platforms.

Bitcoin is also becoming more of a part of everyday life in Africa. For instance, Pick n Pay, one of South Africa’s largest retail outlets, is enabling customers to use bitcoins in its stores, while bitcoins can also be used in the country’s largest online marketplace, Bidorbuy. There is also an ATM in Johannesburg that accepts rand in exchange for bitcoins, while Nigerian e-commerce startup Shopnow.ng also accepts bitcoins, and has a mobile app that also enables online shopping with bitcoins on the go.

These are, however, just a few of the thousands of enterprises in Africa that accept and facilitate trading in bitcoins, and entrepreneurs elsewhere in Africa are also seeking to widen the use and take-up of bitcoins and the use of blockchain technologies.

For instance, Bitcoin marketplaces are being developed in Botswana and it is expected that ATMs will be available in the country soon; Ghana is seeing new electronic payment systems being developed that accept bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies; Kenyan startups are advising new companies on how they can effectively employ blockchain technologies, while new remittance companies are springing up in Nairobi with the aim of making B2B money transfers more affordable; and new companies in Zimbabwe are developing their own mobile wallets and bitcoin-based remittance services.

International companies too have understood the growing importance of Bitcoin in Africa and a number of new tech enterprises are being developed that have an African focus, such as a bitcoin mobile phone top-up services and peer-to-peer marketplaces, as well as new digital currencies such as Kobocoin that have been created specifically for the African remittances market.

The Bitcoin trading industry in Africa

An indication of the status and growing accessibility of Bitcoin in Africa is the number of exchanges that are now in operation for the trading of bitcoins. There are local companies, such as BitPaya, Luno, BitcoinFundi, ice3x and NairaEx as well as international brands like BitStamp and Kraken, operating in this space who enable customers to buy and sell not only bitcoins, but other cryptocurrencies as well, including Litecoin and Etheruem.

The focus of African exchanges tends to be speed, transparency and mobile accessibility, with the emphasis currently on peer-to-peer exchange, although that is changing and African Bitcoin exchanges are seeing greater volumes of trades as more people look upon cryptocurrencies as an investment instrument, not just a tool for facilitating payments and remittances.

Part of the reason for the growing acceptance of Bitcoin in Africa is the fact that it is unregulated by central banks and governments and so in a continent that is largely underbanked and whose various economies have too often been beset by inflation (think of Zimbabwe in 2008), Bitcoin is seen as providing an alternative solution to both.

The fact that peer-to-peer lending and remittances have become easier and cheaper through the use of blockchain technology also goes some way to explaining Bitcoin’s uptake, and is also why analysts predict that it will only become more mainstream as people gain a greater understanding of how it works and the benefits it can bring in countries where the adoption of mobile technology is booming.

What influenced the growth of the use of Bitcoin and Bitcoin trading in Africa market

Aside from being peer-to-peer based and therefore out of the control of central banks and governments (thus resulting in greater transparency and less subject to inflationary pressures), mobile technology is the primary reason why Bitcoin use and trading has begun to get a foothold in Africa.

Although per capita use of mobile phones remains lower than most other places in the world, it is nevertheless growing more rapidly in Arica than anywhere else, and this has opened up opportunities in retail, commerce and entertainment that have been denied previous generations. In many parts of Africa, a mobile device is the only way of connecting to the internet, and so through being entirely digital, Bitcoin has the potential to become a genuine alternative way of doing business for millions of people all over the continent.

This is because technological developments have meant that payments, purchases and remittances can now be accomplished through mobile devices without the need for conventional banking infrastructure or any physical currency. Small business owners can process their payments and customers can buy goods using their mobile phones using services like PayPal, Android Pay and, increasingly, cryptocurrencies.

And as confidence has grown in the technology and the security of cashless payment systems, so has the popularity of Bitcoin, as consumers and investors alike have seen the potential of these new technologies and systems working together. When combined with the fact that hundreds of millions of people in Africa have no access to traditional banking facilities, it is not unsurprising that the alternative offered by Bitcoin is an attractive one.

What does the future hold for the Bitcoin use and trade in Africa?

Ultimately, the future success of Bitcoin, in Africa at least, will be dependent on both continued rapid rates of mobile phone usage, and the currency’s continued freedom from state regulation and banking controls (although African governments, most notably South Africa, are increasingly looking into creating their own cryptocurrencies).

With an estimated 535 million mobile phone service subscribers in Africa by 2020, and over 60% of these users having a broadband connection, it would seem clear that the role mobile telecommunications play in almost every aspect of daily life is only going to increase. When this is combined with the fact that 280 million people in sub-Saharan Africa already have mobile money wallets and so are comfortable with this method of doing business, it is not hard to envisage rates of Bitcoin adoption similarly increasing.

This existing reliance on mobile payment systems should also prove an incentive for developers and entrepreneurs. Millions of Africans have already demonstrated their willingness to use mobile payment and banking technologies, and so with the right encouragement and education, and Bitcoin applications that respond to the specific needs of those in sub-Saharan countries and remote regions, there is seemingly unlimited potential for growth.

The Role of A Free Online Casino

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Many people might ask why would someone play on a free online casino and the answer to that might not be obvious. So let’s dig a bit and see what are the main reasons some people prefer the free versions.

Testing

The first thing you can do on a free online casino is that you can test many games in order to figure out which suits you the best. If you were to play from the start with real money, you will probably lose a lot. So playing for free is a really appealing concept.

 

While testing you could also note some statistics. How often you win, how much money you usually get back, how much you lose and of course how much fun there is. When you bet with real money you tend to get more tense and lose sight of the most important aspect of gambling. Which is to have fun!

Budget

Some people are quite limited on the amount of money they can spend online. So instead of wasting them on a casino, they prefer to play for free. Or even if you have the budget for a good session, you could get ready and play for free for a while and then switch to a casino with real money.

Preference

Believe it or not, some people just don’t find it appealing to gamble with real money. If you’re that of person, then it is no shame in using a free online casino. Other people like to spend. They like the thrill on playing with big amounts of real money and that is also understandable. The only catch here is that they should know when they need to stop. This is an advantage for a free casino since you don’t need to worry about money and you don’t need to stop playing because you’re out of real money.

Testing Unique Games

There are certain games that are available mostly on free casinos since they aren’t reliable enough to be played with real money. This can add a lot of fun if you’re the type of gambler that likes to explore such games and you enjoy every new experience.

Conclusion

So as you can see there really is a place for free online casinos. They enable the gambler to play with different strategies and without the worry of losing real money. Don’t hesitate to pick such an online casino because it has its usefulness.

Showmax “Download and Go” feature lets you view shows offline, ideal for the holidays

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The holiday season is here with us and one of the best ways to enjoy this time with family is kicking back and watching entertaining shows on Showmax. However, internet connection is not always reliable or even available in our holiday destinations, that’s why Showmax has the ‘Download and Go’ option.

It’s simple; download all your shows beforehand and carry them with you to your holiday destination. You’ll no longer be bored in the car or plane on those long trips upcountry, you can easily watch your already downloaded shows on the go without having to worry about Wi-Fi. Once you start watching a show, you have 48 hours to finish it before it is automatically deleted to save storage space on your device.

How to download movies and series with Showmax

  1. Sign up for an account at Showmax.com.
  2. Download the Showmax app on your device, it is available for Android and Apple iOS.
  3. Use the app to choose the movie or show to watch offline.
  4. Click the “Download” Button which is placed next to the “Play Now” button.
  5. You will get a chance to choose the download quality you want from Low Quality, Standard Quality, Good Quality and High Quality. The higher the quality, the more data and storage space it will need on your device.
  6. Your download will start immediately and once finished, it will be available for viewing offline.

Showmax has something for all audiences. Here are several series we suggest downloading.

  • Big Bang Theory – lovers of comedy can watch this long-running show from Seasons 1-9 on Showmax. It is about a group of geeks whose lives are interrupted by a beautiful lady, Penny. Watch how her social skills intertwine with the intellect of the four geeks in a story of love and laughter.

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  • Blue Planet – Those who love documentaries can go for The Blue Planet, an award-winning series that ventures into the natural history of oceans
  • The Flash – For superhero lovers, there is Flash, a series by DC Comics about the life of Barry, who is a crime scene investigator with the powers of being extremely fast.

 

  • The Hobbit trilogy – Maybe you are more into movies than series. Well, you cannot go wrong with the Hobbit Collection. It is an amazing trilogy about small men who beat all odds to conquer monsters, dragons and orcs to reclaim their Throne.

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  • HBO’s The Deuce – This show is set in the 1970’ and tells the story of legalisation of porn. It puts you in a world of sex, drugs and ambitious people chasing their dreams. For adults only.

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ThingsCon brings together makers to discuss human centered design and responsible IoT

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David Li speaking during the panel session

ThingsCon is a convention set up to foster the creation of a human centered and responsible IoT. It is held annually at different countries.

The convention brings together designers, practitioners, researchers and strategists to explore various themes such as responsible IoT, ethical IoT, design principles, as well as local topics such as, building connected hardware in and for emerging economies and exploring open source hardware for peace building.

The event took place on the 8th of December 2017, at Gearbox, a Nairobi-based hardware and maker space. It was attended by a little south of a hundred people and featured a number of speakers. Among them were, Gabi Agustini, the founder and director of Olabi Maker Space in Brazil, David Li; one of the pioneers of the maker movement in Shenzen China, Brcks creative director Jeff Muthondu, Stephen Kovats of r0g agency, Jaiksana Amaruda Jose a refugee from South Sudan who set up the open tech oriented O-Space innovation hub in his hometown of Yei in 2016, Dr Kamau Gachigi, the founding and executive director of Gearbox, amongst many other equally remarkable speakers.

Jeff Muthondu displays the recently launched Supabrck

There has been a significant increase in the number of hardware startups and developments in the fields of IOT, big data and AI. As a result we are now living in a world where things that are connected outnumber humans by a ratio of 1-3.

The bigwigs of technology like Google and Microsoft are making huge profits from this, making these technologies account for massive chunks of the economy, hence they must be regulated and measures taken to develop them sustainably. He gave three answers to the questions posed. “Why are we doing this? (Building the product), because we can, to make money and to solve problems,” Simon Höher explained.

He explored popular reasons for building products which are gadgetism – building products no one needs, vanity products – things that are needed but quickly lose value, such as the connected bicycles created and now being disposed in China, Hype circles, and sunsetting.

He finally expressed that we should more often than not seek to develop solutions for problems, we should design for longevity rather than one time solutions.

Gabi Agustini giving a talk on why diversity matters in IoT

One of the major take aways from the convention was the need for diversity in IoT innovation, as discussed by Gabi Agustini the founder and director of Olabi, this is a social enterprise that focuses on encouraging the use of new and old technologies for social change, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Olabi provides access to tools by people who need them. Gabi brought to light the problem of inequality in the technology sector. Inequality in the sense of people of different classes, gender, cultures and areas of specialization (scientists, artists, engineers, musicians etc.) These are like bubbles that require connection in order to design solutions and products that are all-inclusive of their potential users.

Bringing diversity to the production of technology should be centered on people. “Promoting diversity means promoting understanding, it changes our way of thinking, Diversity leads to better products that address the problems of those who might have otherwise been sidelined,” explains Gabi.

When a diverse team works on a product, the result is a more relevant and empathetic product. One such instance was the case of a mobile phone lock AI that locked out an Asian man, as the criteria to be met was the user’s eyes had to be open, not taking into account that the user is Chinese.

Such problems can be avoided when the team designing is culturally diverse. In the 1800’s the pap machine used by gynecologists was designed by a doctor, who so happened to be male. The contraption gets more points for effectiveness than it does for comfort, which would not have been a problem had a woman been involved in its design.

“Technology is not neutral, it changes our behavior in society,” explains Gabi. This is demonstrated by the shift in people’s behavior around celebrities, from autographs to taking of selfies. She concluded by reiterating Simon’s sentiments, “In order to make better IoT products, we should always first ask ourselves, why, for who and by whom, these products are.”

Thereafter several speakers came up discussing theme in the IoT space, David Li founder of the first maker space in China, spoke about Shenzen, the Silicon Valley of hardware, and the ecosystem of factories manufacturing everything concievable in the electronics space, some even as absurd as a seven-speakered phone, and several others designed to cater to a niche market. He added that this openness to innovaton on Shenzen’s part has disrupted the electronics sector, bringing formerly formidable companies like Nokia to their knees.

The day ended in a panel discussion about the use of IOT in emerging markets, such as finance, transportation, health amongst others.

Nova Pioneer wants to equip students for success in the 21st Century through technology

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Kenya’s Nova Pioneer aims to equip students for success in the 21st Century through technology. Kenneth Mungai Gachango, a 27 year old graduate of Telecommunications and Information Engineering from J.K.U.A.T, and the Tech Educator at Nova Pioneers Boys Secondary School.

Ken took us through Nova Pioneer’s plan for education in Africa and their latest tech programmes for their students.

Nova Pioneer’s mission is to equip students for success in the 21st Century through technology, global exposure etc. How is this achieved?
Nova Pioneer group of schools was established with the aim of nurturing Innovators and Leaders for the 21st Century. Students are taken through the 8-4-4 system here in Kenya but with an improved and modern way of delivering the curriculum. Students are also taken through intense Innovation programs which run weekly so as to develop their mindsets to innovate solutions to 21st century problems. Through Innovation and Tech Club also, which run separately during the week, students have a chance to build on their imaginations, not to forget the girls who are participating in “Women in Technology” sessions.

What is their daily schedule like? When do they practice code, or what they learned? Every afternoon, weekly? Weekend assignments?
Programming lessons are part and parcel of the curriculum from Form 1. Thus, within class and through clubs, the students develop their coding skills.

Each kids gets a laptop or are they shared? For keeps or are they school property?
Every child is accorded an individual laptop. The school has a policy of how they are maintained and kept safely.

Do all the kids learn all the extra curricular of do they select what most interests them.
It starts with all the kids learning the fundamentals, especially through Innovation Saturdays programs. Then, the students are free to develop and build on their personal ideas during the week.

Recently a team won a juniors award at Jkuat tech expo 8. What were their innovations? Did they build them on their own or not? Who guided the process? Business training etc? Seeing as they had written a comprehensive business plan.
We had 3 projects for show. The one that won, Stagchat Studios was developed by the students themselves and has a patent. The App seeks to enable young people learn in a more fun and interactive away as well as create a social platform to connect with Educators and “subject-peers” around the globe. I led them through Android Development and entrepreneurship sessions so as to help them know how to take care of their business financials.

They participate in Virtual labs and play games. When is this done?
Students in my tutelage create games, others play

Only boys showed up for the expo, where are the girl innovators? Do they get the same exposure to technology?
Girls have a really nice exposure to Technology and are evident in other events. Since this year’s notice was kind of “sudden”, they were not aware. But come next year, we plan to bring in the full calvary.

Exchange programs to Silicon Valley and Taiwan? Or how use is global exposure achieved?
Most students gain exposure from the competitions they win. For the larger student body, the school has a team of Partners creating connections for the students especially for College preperations.

 How has this comprehensive ICT training impacted the kids. Examples of Nova alumnus. Any notable mentions?
Believe it or not, we only have up to Form 2 (moving to Form 3 in 2018)! So alumnus, not yet… Working on that.

WriteMyEssays.com: Essay Service with Fast Delivery

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Sometimes even the best of students need a little help. Perhaps you’re swamped with projects or just forgot you had an assignment due in a week. With the short time to spare, what can you do about it?

Many students are turning to Writemyessays.com to assist them in these matters. What are essay services? They are companies that focus on delivering academic papers on demand. They have a staff of writers on hand that will write the article on your behalf, and after they have received payment, you retain rights to the essay.

There is one catch. These services, for the most part, prefer to have more time than less despite the fact that they do offer ‘fast delivery options.’ The problem with less time, however, is that it translates into more money for the particular essay.

Nonetheless, if you’re in a jam and just can’t get around to doing the work, getting some expert help might be the very thing that helps you from failing a subject.

But how ethical is it?

One major point that many students face is ethics. Is it ethical to buy an essay and pass it off as your own? Well, it depends on your personal view on the ethics behind intellectual property. Many people utilize ghostwriters to work on their projects only to then claim the work to be their own. There is no difference between writing a book using a ghostwriter to having an academic writer provide you with an essay.

Once you have exchanged currency for the work, you legally own the document. In other words, it is your essay. You may not have written it, but you did obtain the rights legitimately.

It also isn’t considered plagiarism since you’ll be handing in a one-of-a-kind paper. These are the significant issues most students have with getting help from essay writing services like Writemyessays.com for example.

How fast is “fast delivery?”

For some of you reading this, money might not be a concern – time is! At Writemyessays.com, for example, they have an option to deliver a custom essay within 8 to 16 hours. The longest they will take on your article is at least five days, but if you need a paper provided by tomorrow, you can still use their services and obtain stellar results.

As mentioned earlier, the catch is that with less time to deliver the essay, the more it will cost. If you were to give the essay writing service five days or more, you’d be paying roughly $20 per page. However, if you’re looking to get an eight-hour return, you’ll be paying four times as much for the same page.

Of course, you’ll still obtain the same quality for the work; it just means that the writer had to write, proofread, edit and rewrite in that time frame. You can understand that with all of that work involved to save your grade, you’ll have to increase the margin per page.

It is why it is always recommended to at least give these essay writing services a week before your paper is due to get the most value for your dollar. However, sometimes a deadline can creep up on you, and it’s good to know that you can (if you’re willing to dish out the cash) get your paper within eight hours.

Is the quality affected by shorter deadlines?

For the most part no. Most of the writers within these essay writing services are professionals. What does this mean? They write almost as fast as they speak. For them, writing an essay is second nature. They will merely take a few hours to familiarize themselves with your topic – and in most cases, the writers are already knowledgeable about your subject – and then write the essay in record time.

Some of these writers can produce a page of highly skilled writing within a matter of fifteen minutes. They usually would “free write” and get the concepts on paper and then edit it to the quality you expect. It is a trick that most good writers incorporate when they have deadlines approaching. “Get the ideas on the paper, then edit the hell out of it.”

If you’re paying top dollar for an essay, companies like Writemyessays.com will provide you with the quality you need. After all, it’s their bread and butter and having unsatisfied clients will reflect poorly on their bottom line. For them, variety is the key to getting more clients in the future and seeing that the internet is the epitome of the free market, if they let the market down, they make their revenues down.

If you’re not sure about which of these companies to go for, Writemyessays.com is an essay service that provides fast delivery without compromising quality.

 

Airtel denies plans to exit Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania

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 Airtel Africa says its not looking at exiting Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania according to media reports made early Monday.

The firm has this morning said the reports are completely incorrect, unfounded and devoid of any facts.

“Airtel has consistently stated that it is open to consolidation opportunities, either through acquisitions or mergers, to create sustainable businesses in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania,” the firm announced. “It was never stated that Airtel was looking at exiting these markets. As stated in the past, our focus continues to be either the No. 1 or No. 2 operator in each country where we operate, through market consolidation.”

Airtel says it acquired assets in Uganda and CongoB from Warid, Kenya from Yu and consolidated operations in Ghana from Millicom. The firm says customers in these markets now enjoy a superior and wider network, affordable voice & data services, and better customer care.

“This validates our stand that in-country consolidations have resulted in achieving better market positions, thereby benefiting customers and the industry as a whole,” the firm announced.

To underscore its commitment in Kenya, Airtel says it has embarked on investing heavily in all technologies (2G, 3G and 4G) and are putting up over 300 sites over the next few months to improve coverage even further.

Airtel Africa revenues grew by 2.8% Y-o-Y with net revenues growing 6.3% on the back of increase in data penetration. Data traffic grew by 83.8% Y-o-Y. Airtel Money continues to lead with transaction values growing over 30% Y-o-Y. Our efforts to create a profitable business model for Africa continues and we have delivered EBITDA margin of 32.1%, with margins up 9.1% Y-o-Y.

This has also now enabled the business to sustainably generate positive free cash flows.

“We remain focused on accelerating growth through the three pillars of increasing mobile penetration, growing the data business and expanding the Airtel money base,” concluded the firm.

How to Restore Deleted Videos From SD Card or Formatted Laptop Hard Drive

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They say ‘human is to error’ and sometimes your data is on the receiving end of this error. Many people have found themselves in a situation that results in losing data that was important to you. It may happen on SD card drives or in the hard drive of your laptop. When this happens, stay at ease and grab yourself one of these two solutions from Yodot namely; Yodot Photo Recovery software and Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software.

In this post, we will focus on Yodot Photo Recovery software, don’t let the name fool you, the tool deals with all media files hence can also act as the ultimate SD card video recovery software for its ability to work with AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, M4V, 3G2, 3GP, RM and other video file formats . It can also handle different types of cards such as SDHC card, SDXC card, CF card, XD card, MMC and Memory sticks. There are several ways that data in an SD card can get lost or deleted.

  1. Improperly removing an SD card during the process of file transfer.
  2. Malware or virus obtained through downloading data from malicious websites or through Bluetooth transfers can lead to corruption of your data.
  3. Wrongly using the SD card in different devices which run on different operating systems can lead to file deletion.
  4. Finally, deletion can be caused by false operations.

TIP: When your data gets deleted from an SD Card, you are advised to not use the card until you are ready to perform data recovery. This is because, using the card will lead to overwriting of deleted data sectors with new data which effectively makes recovery much more complex.

When any of these scenarios happen to your card, it is best to immediately get yourself a good SD card video recovery software. We recommend Yodot Photo Recovery software due to its friendly interface, its ability to perform deep scans on your SD card and listing of all the recoverable data for you to choose the one’s your desire to restore.

Here are the steps of getting started and restoring videos and other media files using Windows OS. The software is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems.

  • Connect your SD card to a computer which does not have any malware infections
  • Download, install and run Yodot Photo Recovery
  • Once opened, click on “Deleted Photo Recovery” option to retrieve deleted video clips
  • The software will scan all logical and external drives, choose your desired SD card and click “Next”
  • On the Next screen, choose the file type you want to recover and in case you want all file types, simply click on “Skip”
  • The tool will start scanning again and will shows all the recovered files from your SD card
  • From here, you can select the files you want to recover and click on “Next”
  • Finally, save those restored files to your destination location of choice, but not on the same SD card.

In order to protect yourself from future data deletions, there are a couple of suggestions you can apply

  1. Avoid ejecting your SD card during the process of file transfer
  2. Scan your SD cards for virus to avoid data loss due to malware attack.

In the mean time, go and grab yourself Yodot Photo Recovery and recover those SD card files, or in case you are wondering how to recover files from formatted laptop, go and check out Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software.

 

Rural households set to benefit from subsidized solar kit

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Over 2000 people in 300 households in Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi and Narok counties will benefit from a sponsored solar home system initiative during the festive season.

Worth over Sh.5 million, the joint initiative is a partnership between leading off-grid solar energy company Azuri Technologies, its distributors Raj Ushanga House and Nonprofit organization Young Jains Nairobi.

It is aimed at scaling up rural Kenya’s adoption of solar solutions, with three-quarters of rural households in the country dependent on kerosene for lighting.

The progressive roll-out will see each of the 300 households receive a new Duo Home Solar System containing a solar panel, 2 LED bulbs, 2 switches and USB charging cables designed to operate in extreme conditions.

Speaking during the kickoff event in Mwea and Tharaka Nithi where Azuri distributed the initial set of solar system kits to the local communities, Azuri Technologies General Manager, East Africa Snehar Shah, said the contribution is in line with kickstarting rural markets and creating opportunities through solar and mobile innovations.

“As we upgrade to more innovative products there is need to incentivize adoption of solar off-grid lighting for households still on kerosene whilst building new markets,” said Mr. Snehar.

And added: “In the immediate future, we see these solar kits diminishing the energy insufficiency gap in the communities we will be targeting, creating impact to the areas of entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, health, safety and job creation which will create market for additions and upgraded products.”

To sustain and integrate the initiative into each community, Raj Ushanga House and local county governments will manage and oversee the distribution process as well as providing basic procedure and maintenance trainings to community members.

According to Anjali Varaiya of Young Jains Nairobi, the partnership with the targeted counties is the beginning of opening up households to basic lighting and energy service to Kenyans living in areas underserved by the electricity grid.

“The initiative is about provision of basic energy service which is a starting point rather than end point. At the simplest level the sponsored systems should be able to replace kerosene or candle lighting and spur productivity and opportunity,” said Anjali.

According to Rajesh Haria of Raj Ushanga House: “The beneficiaries are households we operate around and are adjudged to be relatively cash-poor to procure basic and modern solar home kits. This initiative will bridge that gulf and expected to make a socio-economic impact in their lives”

With over Sh. 2.5 Billion invested to date, including Sh. 500 million from Azuri’s partners, Azuri has so far  sold over 130,000 solar home systems in total, enabling the Kenyan Government’s goal of energizing homes around Kenya by providing them with access to safe, affordable and reliable solar electricity.

Kenya is on a race to achieve universal electricity connection to at least 95 per cent of its population in the next four years.