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Verizon completes acquisition of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer resigns with $260m paycheck

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Verizon has completed its acquisition of Yahoo! Inc and has combined Yahoo assets with its existing AOL business to create a new subsidiary, Oath, a diverse house of more than 50 media and technology brands that engages more than a billion people around the world.

The Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, MAKERS, Tumblr, BUILD Studios, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more, with a mission to build brands people love.

According to Marni Walden, Verizon president of Media and Telematics, “The close of this transaction represents a critical step in growing the global scale needed for our digital media company. The combined set of assets across Verizon and Oath, from VR to AI, 5G to IoT, from content partnerships to originals, will create exciting new ways to captivate audiences across the globe.”

Tim Armstrong, former CEO of AOL, is now CEO of Oath, which is part of Verizon’s Media and Telematics organization. He has been leading integration planning teams since the Yahoo transaction was announced in July 2016, and Oath begins operation today as a global leader in digital and mobile.

Armstrong will lead Oath in building the consumer brands in news, sports, finance, tech, and entertainment and lifestyle coupled with our market leading advertising technology platforms.  best partner to our advertising, content and publisher partners.”

Armstrong is also leading efforts to continue to build the industry’s most advanced and open advertising technology solutions, with brands such as ONE by AOL and BrightRoll that span across mobile, video, search, native and programmatic ads.

Given the inherent changes to Marissa Mayer’s role with Yahoo resulting from the closing of the transaction, Mayer has chosen to resign from Yahoo. Verizon wishes Mayer well in her future endeavors.

Mayer owned about 4.5 million shares of Yahoo, including options and restricted stock units and her equity holdings are worth a little more than $236 million at the trading price of $52.50 yesterday. Altaba, holding firm for interests in e-commerce giant Alibaba and Yahoo Japan and other Yahoo assets not sold to Verizon will remain independent.

EsVendo is using tech to increase the uptake of disposable sanitary pads to reach more women and girls

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In many parts of Africa, millions of girls and women suffer significant inconvenience during their monthly menstrual cycle. Often girls are unable to go to school for days at a time, which results in millions of lives that do not realize their academic potential, which cumulatively amounts to a national crisis. Sanitary towels are often simply unavailable, and when they are sold they are normally packaged in bundles that means they cost more than many poor women can afford at a go.

Founded by Esther Mwangi, EsVendo is a social enterprise revolutionizing the lives of East Africans through an innovative hardware and software vending solution. The Enterprise is undertaking a social inclusion project (SIP), the main aim which is to improve access and affordability to feminine and family hygiene products with a bias towards sanitary pads for women and girls aged 13-45. This is achieved through strategic sanitary vending machine placements in institutions, and public facilities like public toilets.

SIP ensures women and girls have access to clean, affordable, single units of sanitary towels, the model best serves people who live In households that earn below 3$ a day.

“We currently have 4 machines located in Kibera, Kawagware and Kikuyu. Each machine is placed in high traffic facilities that range from 400-5,000 daily human encounters,” says Mwangi. “We integrate our solution with community run facilities thus reaching higher number of women and girls consequently having immense impact.”

The EsVendo Social inclusion project is among the 10 finalist from all over Africa in the Ishow competition run by ASME (American society of mechanical engineers). The project produces sanitary vending machines to increase access and affordability of sanitary towels in Kenyan low income areas with vending machines strategically placed. The venture has placed sanitary vending machines in Kibera, Kwangware, and Kikuyu. Each machine is accessed by 400-5000 women in each location.

EsVendo integrates vending tools, mobile and SMS technology to educate, inform and lower the cost of sanitary towels delivery to women living in Kenyan slums.

Over 3 million days are lost every month by adolescent girls because they lack an access to affordable sanitary towels as a way of handling their menses. 1 in 10 adolescent girls living in remote areas miss school during their menses (UNESCO). This girl eventually drop out due to menstrual related issues.

Underprivileged primary school girls in class 6-8 loss 18 out of 108 learning weeks, high school girls loss 24 out of 144 learning weeks. This gaps in learning affect the girls performance. Improving access to affordable sanitary towels, Esvendo is increasing attendance in schools substantially.

Esvendo has created an innovative distribution system that avail affordable sanitary towels to the underprivileged. We aim to increase the uptake of reusable sanitary pads because 65% of women and girls in Kenya we cannot afford.

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Nigeria’s online travel agency Wakanow launches in Nairobi, Kenya | its new regional hub for East Africa

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Nigeria’s online travel agency Wakanow has launched Wakanow Kenya in the wake of its African expansion drive making Nairobi its regional hub for the East African markets.

The launch in Kenya comes just a few months after the site launched in the UK in March targeting mostly holiday travellers with customized travel packages. The one-stop shop for all travel services ranging from Hotel bookings to Flights, Visa Assistance, Holiday Packages, Airport Transfers, international Travel SIM, Protocol Services, prepaid Travel Card, a Loyalty program among others. The firm now has physical presence in six countries including Nigeria, UAE, Ghana, UK and US. It’s Kenyan office is on the Ground Floor of Viking House, Waiyaki Way, Westlands in Nairobi, Kenya.

Established in 2008, Wakanow has grown to become one of Africa’s leading travel booking portals and acquired bus ticketing firm Oya.com to help corporate and high-end clients improve their business travel by making planning, payment and travel simple, secure and convenient.  In the UK, the firm says its working with major travel partners to offer UK travelers competitively priced flights and hotels deals to top destinations in Africa facilitated by DestinationsAfrica, its dedicated holiday package booking platform with over 23 major African destinations.

Speaking at the UK launch,Group Managing Director and Founder of Wakanow, Mr. Obinna Ekezie said: “We are excited about our foray into the UK market, especially because we will be offering something entirely unique to the UK travelers. Over the years, our Nigerian portal has recorded significant traffic from the UK in terms of travel bookings.

“So, we felt it was important to offer this market exclusive travel deals by leveraging on our vast knowledge of the African space and her wealth of untapped destinations to create remarkable travel products that offer incredible experiences for our customers.

“More importantly, we are confident that better days are here, especially for travelers in the UK and the entire European market who want to experience the treasure troves of Africa in a very new way,” he added.

London Launch

Wakanow UK promises to offer the larger European market special themed holidays such as Romantic Getaways, Beach Holidays, Safari Holidays, Wellness and Spa, Spiritual Holidays, Cultural Trips and Adventure Vacations via its UK Booking Portal Wakanow.co.uk.

Wakanow’s launch replaces Travelstart which closed local operations in Kenya to leave Jumia Travel and Travel Creations as the only fully online travel agencies in Kenya. With Flights, Accommodation, Visa assistance, holiday packages, and Airport transportation, Wakanow is Africa’s biggest indigenous OTA making it possible for users to book all their domestic and international travel all from one platform beating Travelbeta and Travelfix.

Uganda’s Matibabu, Ghana’s Science Set & Kenya’s Sign.io to share $500K from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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Uganda’s Matibabu, Ghana’s Science Set & Kenya’s Sign.io will share $500,000 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with other finalists from India and the USA among other non-cash prizes expected to help them bring these socially innovative hardware-led solutions to market.

Founded by Brian Gitta, Matibabu, is a noninvasive device used to test for Malaria. It uses custom-made hardware connected to a smartphone to aid easy diagnosis within households. Ghana’s Science Set was founded by Charles Antipem and is an affordable, portable, practical and highly scalable science lab that can fit in the bag and on the desk of students while Kenya’s Sign.io was founded by Roy Allela and is a sign language to speech translation glove developed to address language barriers between sign language users and the general public.

The three were declared winner and 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Innovation Showcase (ISHOW), the first international competition of hardware-led social innovations held in Nairobi, Kenya. The three design prototypes are among the nine set to share $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes with six other startups from India and the US.

“ASME originally created ISHOW three years ago after our research showed a tremendous lack of support for hardware innovators seeking to enter global markets and make a societal impact,” said K. Keith Roe, president of ASME. “With this year’s entries among the most promising we’ve seen since ISHOW first launched, we’re confident they all have the potential to address some of the most vexing issues faced by mankind.”

The three winners selected in Nairobi and those from Bangalore, India, and Washington, D.C. will share $500,000 in seed grants, technical assistance, design and engineering reviews and access to ISHOW’s partnership network. The 9 innovators will also receive extensive design and engineering review by a panel of experts and join the ISHOW alumni network, a global community of hardware innovators with exclusive access to experts and resources.

The 2017 ASME ISHOW feature da range of devices aimed at bringing transformational economic, environmental, and social impact in underserved communities around the world.

“ASME congratulates all finalists,” noted Roe.  “We celebrate their new ideas and innovations, which are pushing our collective knowledge frontier outward and solving problems to improve the lives of all people.”

 

My president launches portals, funny portals

In April 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the country’s 4th president in what he called ‘the most complex general election in our history’ with both praise and criticism in equal measure.

In his speech, the jubilant president said his government would be founded on economic growth, strengthened by a globally competitive education system and access to affordable healthcare and food-security.

He promised to be held accountable by all Kenyans on promises such as zero maternity fees, loans for the youth and women, funds for devolution and dealing with unemployment. Whether these were illusions or have been achieved it’s up to Kenyans to decide and vote them back in or out.

This is the battle the Kenyatta government has. To actually prove to Kenyans that it has worked and that its projects were not projects of the coalition government according to Raila Odinga-led opposition coalition  the National Super Alliance or NASA . To help Kenyans easily see and identify its achievements, the Kenyatta team has over the years launched various portals such as President.go.ke which tracks the president’s itenary with speeches and press releases. Mygov.go.ke- the larger government press machinery run by the ministry of ICT and supporting the executive arm to communicate its achievements as well rally for his election and the grand launch of delivery.go.ke which was personally launched by the president and his deputy to showcase the Jubilee government’s achievements since it came in power in April 2013. The site replaces Nexus.or.ke which never survived a month and complements President.go.ke and Mygov.go.ke.

Delivery.go.ke, run by the President’s Delivery Unit, is divided into three sections namely Flagship Programmes, County Programmes and Ministry Programmes. The Flagship Programmes are under ICT, Lands, Health care, and Infrastructure with many listed as completed, ongoing at different phases, or completed.

Whether the projects began in the Kibaki regime or were funded by international organizations, it’s not a big deal. Some of the projects such as roads, hospitals and bit of rural electrification are genuine while others are exaggerated. The site indicates 2.5M plus title deeds have been processed while processing fees for another 3M titles waived. Delivery.go.ke run by the President’s Delivery Unit, a centre of government function based in the Office The President has done a fair job as the primary unit tasked to improve the coordination of National Government flagship programs. Nzioka Waita, its head has done a commendable job. But it gets worse.

Over the weekend, we noticed several sites online allegedly ordered by propaganda firm Cambridge Analytica feared for its role for Trump election and the Brexit referendum vote. The two sites, one for Raila and one for Uhuru, built in the same format with the same goal- respectively spreading hate and loyalty about the candidates on social media. The firm behind it went ahead to buy Twitter and Google Ads for the sites, a move readers think aim to hijack user democracy and win the swing vote among the youth undecided about both Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

To the NASA camp, the websites and ads are miracle if the comments on some of the aerticles are anything to go by. One such article by a certain Kimani Ichung’wa (hope not the M.P) claims to Raila everything is bad if he doesn’t take credit.

“NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga has tried to make this a campaign agenda, and has called for the project to be scrapped or reversed,” Ichung’wa writes. “His statements betray, once again, that attacking the government is more important than advancing the country’s development agenda, and caring for his own constituents. He will have to explain why a high-speed train that will trigger economic development and create jobs in Western and Nyanza regions — his own backyard — should be cancelled.”

“The answer is simple for all who haved followed Raila’s political career. If he doesn’t take credit for something, he tries to discredit it, even if it is good for Kenya and the people. The opposition’s excuse for opposing the SGR extension is another red herring. They claim the government is making the national debt unsustainable,” says the writer. However, to the surprise of the writer, the negative articles are working wonders for Raila Odinga and his team.

Surprisingly most of the readers are in support of Raila Odinga, the NASA candidate and are not portraying the intended negative image the team had intended.

“Job Orandi Mageto you’re so stupid person when you talk badly to Raila. which kenya a you living madeni yanatumaliza kabisa kwa hii serikali yenye haijali mkenya wa kawaida. serikali yenye anatuambia ati unga ni 90 na hali ilali unga ni 130 kwa sababu ya kufikilia duni kuwa supermaket ziko mpaka vijijini.

Denice Job Ochieng Hmmm you talk as if you are a visitor in Kenya and as if you are soon leaving…. Get this its not about the locomotives and all that you say,, look into the life of a normal mkenya who pays taxes as well as looking for sh.200 to pass a meal.. And look forward to another,, now maintaining the life is the problem…. Tell such a Kenyan about the locomotives!!! And yet no food to put him up!!! That’s why I strongly sa that… #JUBILEE_MUST_GO who to take that place #BABA_JOSHUA_RAILA
Frenky Madividy Stupis analysis we all know how much raila has contributed to the development of this country both freedom wise,economicwise and politically.your stupid analysis can only be compared to that of Mutahi Ngunyi who always dreams about raila
Vickery Omwandho ABDUBA DIDA QUOTES:
” Uhuru Kenyatta spent 3 years at the ICC trying to save himself, when he came back he called parties and started campaigning, when did he sit down to work?
Those working in this Country are the Chinese. They propose an idea, fund, implement and manage the idea! and that’s the tragedy of this Country.
 
 According to the Star, the Jubilee Party hired global data mining company Cambridge Analytica and British communications firm BTP Advisers to help it retain the presidency. For the record, Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly uses fake online opinion pieces as news, hate and ethnic profiling to create divisions between political camps  and win over undecided voters has a string of failures in Nigeria while working for Yar’Adua, and in Lativia and in St Lucia and failure to help Ted Cruz clinch the republican nominations leave alone the US presidency.

Unlike other populations, Kenyans are queer and might not easily be swayed by backward psychological warfare waged by ex-military men through social media ads. Negative labels elevate candidates up above others and easily wins them sympathy votes for not fighting back; a principle used by Sun Tzu, in his Art of War , “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” Apart from public war of words, Raila is not fighting back by showing he cant compete the Uhuru team on resources then using the same tactic to claim the incumbent is using public resources and shortchanging voters against Kenya’s elections Act Section  14.

The act states that a candidate, referendum committee or other person shall not use public resources for the purpose of campaigning during an election or a referendum. No government shall publish any advertisements of achievements of the respective government either in the print media, electronic media, or by way of banners or hoardings in public places during the election period.

Coupled with corruption, ceiling food prices, inflation and unemployment,  the issue of public resources makes Raila an easy sale to his sympathizers by portraying himself as the Joshua to lead his people into a safer Canaan with food and honest leaders. So whether Raila is going to hire a data team to buy ads or not; the damage intended by Jubilee Party strategists is working positively for the opposition.

Though known as a big data firm, Cambridge Analytica doesnt actually use big data, but neuroticism, old-fashioned propaganda and tricks and subterfuge like it did for by creating tensions between Latvians and ethnic Russian residents to influence voting behavior. In Trinidad the firm helped a candidate by importing graffiti artists to do slogans and stickers to appear as if they were by Trinidadians. In Nigeria, in 2016, the firm dissuaded opposition supporters from voting by organizing anti-poll rallies and discrediting opponents. For Leave.eu, the firm targeted anti-BREXIT supporters with Facebook, Twitter, and Google ads using their digital traces.

Cambridge Analytica buys personal data from surveys on social media, land registries, car registration, shopping data, loyalty cards, membership cards, shopping, schools, among others then aggregates this data into real people with their age, address, fears, needs, interests, and where they stay or who they intend to vote for. These findings help Cambridge Analytica to target each person with an appropriate political message to influence their voting. Unless the tactics are stopped, Kenyans should be ready to come across various ads targeting them and their peers with different political messages such as go out and vote against Raila Odinga, not to vote totally or to vote for the Jubilee Party to complete its development projects for the good of all Kenyans.

It gets worse with Google search with various keywords to do with Raila Odinga, Kenya elections, Unga among others lead to paid posts from various sources portraying Uhuru Kenyatta as the savior who pushed down Unga prices.

Read more about Cambridge Analytica here, here, here and here.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo-on-Demand service AFROPX launches to be the biggest photo marketplace in French-speaking Africa

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AFROPX , an online marketplace for African visual content such as photos, videos and illustrations founded by Célia Grémy from France, Jean Dabany from Gabon, Arsène Goma-Kick from Congo-Brazzaville, Mouhamadou Diallo from Senegal and Christy Ukata from Ghana has finally launched to professional photographers, videomakers and graphic designers.

AFROPX  is now live in Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville and Togo and it will soon be deployed in two other Francophone African countries.

According to Jean Dabany, co-founder of AFROPX and head of Photo-on-Demand service in Gabon: “For a restaurant, a hotel manager or a merchant, it is essential today to get captivating images of its products or services. It’s all about promoting its activities and at the end, the goal to increase its sales. This is even more true with the Internet, even if our customers actually get a dual-use of the photos we produce: for digital marketing purposes on Facebook or web sites, as well as for more traditional materials such as posters or brochures”.

AFROPX has built a unique network of professional photographers, videomakers and graphic designers whose images will be available for use by companies, restaurants, hotels and e-merchants and designers among others as demand for high quality images increases.

The Photo-on-Demand service is charged at session. The package includes the visit of a photographer from the AFROPX network, a shooting session at the client’s premises, and the delivery of an edited photo pack.

For African creative professionals, AFROPX represents a platform to increase sales and facilitate access to new markets and customers.  For buyers, whether local or international companies, AFROPX responds to the need for easier access to African quality images. Brands also consume more and more visual content, especially for their digital marketing, in order to better address their audiences and create more commitment.

Jean Dabany continues: “The impact of high-quality images is immediate: with well-executed photos, you increase your chance of selling more and faster. On the internet, photos of a product or service are often the only real element, the only visual factor – therefore quite decisive – that stands between the e-consumer and the seller. They can trigger an order or purchase – or have the opposite effect. This is why it is essential to get quality visual content. It is also a leverage that helps to stand out from the competition”.

 

 

This New Startup Will Use Banana Fiber To Make Sanitary Pads

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While others complain about problems other people looks for solutions to solve those problems. This was the case with three Technology graduates from Massachusetts Institute. Three brilliant ladies developed a biodegradable sanitary pad that is made from banana fibre specifically for the Indian market. They started their project last year October but has gained so much popularity over a few months. Since many women in rural India lack sanitary pads the three female engineers knew that their startups would be a hit.

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These sanitary products are different from commercially available pads which are usually made out of bleached wood pulp. As a matter of fact normal pads can cause skin irritation because of the super absorbent polymer it has. This new organic kind of pad is made from fibre from discarded banana trees. Since there are many acres of banana trees in India, after harvest farmers cut down and discard the old to trees to plant new ones. These discarded fibres are bought from banana farmers to make an extra income for their agro by product. It is also environmental friendly and degrades within six months. The organization known as Saathi will work with foundations to be able to distribute 10,000 units among women in rural areas as part of uts OneMillionPads programme.

 

DotConnectAfrica announces the 2016/17 winners of the Miss.Africa Seed Funding

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Abo Coders, Nigeria wins the grand prize of Five Thousand United States Dollars (5000 USD) while Bahir Dar University STEM Center, Ethiopia and Ubongo Game Lab, Zambia are both winners of the second One Thousand United States Dollars (1,000 USD) Geographic/Country Category for initiatives that create socio-economic value for women by effectively leveraging tech opportunities.

In 2016 during the Women’s History Month, Miss.Africa announced its Inaugural winners. This year, we are honored to announce our winners during the commemoration of the annual Africa Day, a celebration of the Continent and its people.

The second round of Miss.Africa Seed Fund received over 200 applications from 24 countries across Africa.

Speaking at this special day for Africa, and milestone of Miss.Africa Second Seed Fund round, Ms. Sophia Bekele, founder of the Seed Fund congratulated the winners of the 2016/17 round saying;

“The Miss.Africa Seed Fund supports diversity and creativity. We are very honored to be part of building the tech industry in Africa, particularly of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) value. Every effort counts.

To achieve the second round is a milestone for us and we are looking at the lessons we have learned through years to enhance and make the Miss.Africa Seed Fund more rewarding. We saw over 25 girls train to become mobile and web app developers and more others learning new programing language, as well as developing tech centers and training throughout Africa.”

The Abocoders initiative is located in the Northern Region of Nigeria. The startup headed by Ms. Simi Olusola, purposes to provide secure & sustainable livelihoods for young women in Northern Nigeria using ICT training with an emphasis on software development as a means of empowerment.
Ms. Olusola, the Abocoders program Abocoders Training from the Northern Region of Nigeria director said; ”Everyone at AboCoders is excited about receiving this award. We are excited not because of the money in itself  but because of what the award represents.

It represents opportunities of a better life for our beneficiaries. Working in an underserved region where things seem not to get any better can be a bit discouraging but we work always to retain the hope whose flames have been made brighter by  this award.

At AboCoders, we count our success in lives and with this award we will be able to reach more lives and open more opportunities for them to get a better life. We are  thankful to the Miss.Africa Seed Fund team for believing in our vision and choosing to support us this way.

The Bahir Dar University STEM Center in Ethiopia seeks to provide a challenging learning environment in  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which maximizes individual potential. This ensures that girls, are well-equipped and prepared to meet the challenges in the world around them.

Mr Berie Getie, the Director at the Bahir Dar STEM Incubation Center  said;  “There is Wisdom at the source of the Blue Nile”
The Ubongo Game Lab which is led by Ms. Sithembile Ncube is a community technology startup based in Lusaka Zambia, one of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa with fast growing infrastructure sector. The Lab is focused in gaming technology and it’s use within Zambia. It trains women and girls on how to create games using basic programing languages. The Game Lab is mentored by Mr. Lukonga Lindunda, the co-founder and Executive Director of BongoHive, Zambia’s first and only Technology & Innovation Hub which houses the Ubongo Game Lab.

Ubongo Game Lab in Zambia Ms. Ncube the Director of Ubongo Game Lab said;”Ubongo Game Lab is pleased to announce that we have been selected to receive second prize for the 2016/2017 cycle of the Miss.Africa Seed Fund Program, an initiative by the DotConnectAfrica Trust, for our Games Plus Girls initiative.
This grant is one of many awards given to support women and girls in STEM fields to expand initiatives that will increase digital opportunities for women in IT related training, jobs & leadership
roles.

The third round of the Miss.Africa Seed Fund (2018) is expected to be announced in July 2017 and DCA Trust encourages more initiatives to look out for our call for applications.

South Africa’s EmptyTrips, an ‘Uber’ for cargo aims to go global to tackle the $8.1 trillion+ logistics industry

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South Africa’s  EmptyTrips, an open marketplace paired with smart algorithms to match demand and supply of cargo transport is using smart-mapped spaces to reduce wastage on moving vehicles to offer cost-savings and lower transport costs hence reducing the barriers to entry of products across Africa.

Speaking to TechMoran, Benji Coetzee, Founder and CEO EmptyTrips said, “Proving new business models and innovative thinking can connect Africa and enable growth assures the investment community that we are moving Africa forward, smartly. Ultimately, we aim to reduce the number of empty vehicles due to better utilization, leading to lower congestion, and as such, is better for the environment.”

According to Benji the inspiration to start EmptyTrips came to her approximately 2 years ago when she was on route to Johannesburg from Durban and passed many empty trucks and rail wagons.

She recognized the irony of his consulting clients’ complaints of expensive transport costs absorbing margins. Applying economic theory it simply didn’t make sense; excess supply leads to lower prices?  So the idea of matching demand and supply for transport to create an equilibrium price would be more fair…she thought.

That is when she decided that something needed to be done, a smart market for transport was needed and technology held the key. Benji and Herman Strauss, the CTO  committed time, effort, funds and agility to develop what EmptyTrips now offers.

“By closing the gap, this simple, yet practical innovation would change the face of an old and traditional industry, by filling empty spaces to places for less it enables sustainable growth of sectors and reduces the impact on the environment,” Benji told TechMoran.

The South African freight industry is estimated around R500bn (USD38bn) per annum, growing at ~6,6% year on year. Within this industry, a major issue of high capital costs, low yields and reality of  30-40% inefficiency in the form of empty return legs (i.e. vehicles returning empty) is what EmptyTrips is tackling. By using smart-mapped spaces it aims to reduces wastage on moving vehicles to offer cost-savings. It also encourages competitive transparency in the industry with its online bidding portal for logistical shipments and aim to support delivery of aid to places where needed for less. These lower transport costs, reduces the barriers to entry of products across Africa (enabling trade), and lowers inflation linked increases for consumers in every-day products.

“We aim to go global, where the logistics industry is estimated at + USD 8,1 trillion, a very large opportunity given that we can replicate and scale our solution,” Benji told TechMoran.

EmptyTrips also created one of the first digital cargo insurance products of its kind, which it aims to white-label and make available with or without purchasing cargo transport via EmptyTrips. Insurance is offered to the cargo owner and is underwritten by Hollard insurance, with it has a strategic alliance. The global cargo / marine insurance industry  is estimated at USD33bn in premiums per annum.

Furthermore, logistics is one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions Benji says adding that the firm aims to reduce the number of vehicles that are needed for transport reducing empty return legs with economic goods providing better asset utilization, leading to lower congestions, and as such, is better for the environment.

EmptyTrips use an open marketplace paired with smart algorithms to better match demand and supply of cargo transport. It’s self-developed algorithms match the route of the transport with geo-mapping, the size of the decks-space and the date (with flexibility) creating multiple if-functions to find matches at cost.
It also uses the PHP MVC framework for the code with controllers that contain functions that handle logic and reference the Model functions. The result of the Controller functions are passed to the Views (V) where they are presented to the user by means of HTML, Bootstrap CSS, various Javascript plugins and basic interface logic. Lastly, jQuery is used to manipulate the visible interfaces as well as make calls to the EmptyTrips API (Application Program Interface).  These API URLs (links) point to the relevant Controller functions needed to process information or serve static pages. The API calls are secured by means of the CSRF tokens.

Benji thanks the government for doing what it has done for hard infrastructure but says its now time to look into soft infra.

“Often the exponential impact and potential that technology holds for public sector and society is undermined,” Benji told TechMoran. “Government often believes “tech and innovation” is for private sector, and the bureaucracies of institutions are just not conducive for a start-up that needs agility, quick decision making and timely debtor payments.”

Benji adds that if they had the opportunity to assist Transnet for example with their road to rail strategy, a small investment into its tech could support a cargo shift, which will lower road maintenance burdens on the tax budget and validate Transnet’s expenditure on South Africa’s extensive rail network.

It’s rather sad that EmptyTrips had to travel to Dubai to engage with funding and investors, when its government should be supporting more strategically.

EmptyTrip’s target customers include corporates that have cargo to move (e.g. mines, farms, manufacturing, fertilizer etc), transport companies  and logistical service providers, procurement divisions of governments, aid organistions,  SME’s and Entrepreneurs trying to get their goods to market competitively and consumers to fulfil their transport requirements between countries.

EmptyTrips is free to sign-up, however, upon successful trip matching or bidding it charges a set service fee that is shared between the transporter and shipper. Everything is paid securely online with Payfast  It also offers cargo insurance online, where it earns a referral fee, this is underwritten by Hollard insurance. In future it plans on providing big data insights on cargo movements, volumes and incidents. Ideally patterning with a tracking and telematics company.

Though security risks or loss involved in cargo transportation especially high value goods is an age-old problem, EmptyTrips shippers can opt-in to insure certain cargo types instantly upto R1,5m , underwritten by Hollard Insurance (strategic alliance). As it is for the cargo owner to insure is interest, this will protect them against fire, theft, hijack and overturning.

Secondly, the firm requires each transporter to complete a short questionnaire to calculate their “star rating”, where minimum acceptance criteria apply and verify the company details. Shippers are able to rate the transporter after a trip and a rule of “three strikes and you out” applies.
Lastly, it also aims to integrate automatic insurance claim history “checks” to a large insurance company database (this is under discussion).

Some of EmptyTrips competition include Freightos, Loadfox, Uber Freight, Freighthub but EmptyTrips is Africa’s first, and not only focuses on land transport, but also rail, air and sea. It’s technology algorithmic matching and smart positioning  with anonymous bidding assist transparency and reduces potential collusion or preferred user abuse.

Benji concurs that the logistics industry in Africa is very old and traditional, and the key challenge its expecting to face is that of educating people who have been in the industry for decades and to convince them that the technology will assist them with reducing space wastage.

Most people in this industry don’t even have an email address, and that’s a challenge on its’s own but he adds that the firm will remain committed as it has first-mover advantage and will keep on pioneering

As a start-up company EmptyTrips would like to align itself with competitions that offer it great exposure, network and support on a global scale. “Seedstars will open doors for us to be recognized as a tech company that is bringing about much needed change in the economy,” Benji told TechMoran. “We want to be seen as a local South African brand, that has taken the “world” by storm. Transporters recovering costs, shippers paying less, and the economy growing. We want to be seen as the star team that provides a simple solution to Move Africa for less, and Seedstars is providing that platform.”

GetRooms launches to be a hostel ‘Airbnb’ for travellers and students in Ghana

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GetRooms, an online room booking platform for students and travellers has launched in Ghana in a move expected to simplify the student hostel booking process which is majorly offline and undisrupted while the majority of students are tech savvy.

Founded by Kekeli and Abigail Buckner, GetRooms, which grew out of hostel management platform Trackist, is targeting nearly 400,000 students per year who join universities  and colleges across the country according to Ghana’s National Accreditation Board’s 2015 Tertiary Education Statistics Report. With a growing number of students each year there will be a spike in demand for hostel facilities which GetRooms aims to help meet.

Now with 3,000 plus student bookings, the founders say the platform is currently the largest hostel booking website in Ghana and offers a free platform for hostel owners while charging a small commission to students. The team was inspired by the fact it’s frustrating to search, find and book a hostel in Ghana online therefore students normally rely on friends and family or walk door-to-door to see the conditions of the hostels.

“If you have ever schooled or are still schooling in any of the Universities or tertiary institutions in Ghana then you might have had that unique experience of living in a hostel,” said the team. “Hostels are fun, you cook your own food, live with roommates, clean you room, plan your day, you are practically living on your own. For some living in a hostel is their first taste of independence. Finding a hostel that suits your pocket and needs can be very difficult not because there is a scarcity of hostels but because the hostels cannot be found online.”

With GetRooms, users will search for hostel rooms online, book it online and pay for it so that hostel managers receive payments and connect with the students via emails and text messages.  Uganda’s RentHostels is relaunching to do the same in Kampala, Uganda.

 

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Senegalese-British Technologist Mariéme Jamme joins Web Foundation Board of Directors

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 Senegalese-born British Mariéme Jamme has been appointed member of the Board of Directors at the Web Foundation in a move expected to help guide the Web Foundation’s fight for digital equality in Africa.
As a co-Founder of Africa Gathering, JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal, Accur8Africa, and IAMTHECODE, a movement supporting girls and young women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design (STEMD) with a goal to empower 1 million young women and girls globally by 2030,  Mariéme recently joined the Tony Elumelu as a select committee member and adviser for his $100M Entrepreneurship Program and Microsoft’s skills program Microsoft 4Afrika.

Apart from her role in promoting education, technology, good governance and transparency in Africa, Mariéme also runs Spotone Global Solutions a consultancy firm helping firms launch in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, she is an Advisory Board Member of Data Pop Alliance, a global Big Data alliance and a judge and Academy member of the Global Teachers Prize Academy and has been honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her activism work to get more girls in STEMD.

In a statement, Jose M. Alonso, interim CEO of the Web Foundation said, “We are delighted to have Mariéme join the Web Foundation Board of Directors. We look forward to harnessing her skills, experience and passion – especially in the area of online gender equality – as we work towards our vision of digital equality.”The World Wide Web Foundation or simply the Web Foundation aims at advancing the open Web as a public good and a basic right through advocacy, research, and innovation to influence policy change.

Mariéme believes the internet must be used for good, especially in Africa where she is passionate about ensuring young African women growing up can access the internet to improve their lives and learn about the world around them. Having fought hard as a young girl in Africa for an education that was denied to her; women’s education, empowerment and freedom is paramount to her, and by joining the WF as a board membe, Mariéme is well placed to advocate for the advancement of the open web for the good of all.

She Leads Africa partners Work in Progress! Alliance to unveil its 2017 accelerator for women-run businesses

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She Leads Africa, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women entrepreneurs, has just opened applications for the 2017 She Leads Africa Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs.

SLA’s 2017 Accelerator will take place in 4 locations across Nigeria – Abuja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Kaduna and is working in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance and the OCP Group.

The 2017 Accelerator will consist of 1 week residencies in the four locations where entrepreneurs will receive training from the SLA team and business leaders and experts. During these residencies, entrepreneurs will be focused on business strategy, growth, marketing, finance and distribution. They will also receive a host of on and offline training as well as an opportunity to pitch their business to national and international investors.

Fresh Direct’s founder and 2016 class winner, Angel Adelaja, said “This was like a condensed Masters Program. I am so different now and our company is thinking and strategizing differently.”

Entrepreneurs interested in applying should visit www.SheLeadsAfrica.org/accelerator for more information and to apply. Submissions close on 25 June 2017 at 11:59pm WAT.

With a community of more than 300,000 members in over 30 countries across Africa, She Leads Africa became the first African startup to be invited to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange in 2016.

Work in Progress! Alliance is a consortium of Oxfam, Butterfly Works and VC4A focused on driving job creation and youth employment in Nigeria. The Kaduna Agribusiness cohort is sponsored by OCP.

Merck accelerator opens calls for new round of health startups | Launches a Virtual Innovator Academy

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Merck has opened applications for the next round of its accelerator programs in Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya for startups in the fields of healthcare, life science, performance materials and digital healthcare from around the world.

According to Michael Gamber, Head of the Merck Innovation Center: “When we asked for feedback from our current and previous participants, they wanted flexible access to resources outside of the programme of seminars, workshops and expert mentoring we have in place. To provide this, we have set up the Virtual Innovator Academy as a constantly accessible resource hub for all of our Accelerator participants. They also wanted more support in general business and team management, so we have expanded our core training programme accordingly.”

The accelerator has also introduced a new Virtual Innovator Academy, a digital training resource for all Accelerator participants with innovative tools and on-demand training courses, as well as tips and tricks to help founders master their daily challenges.

With the September intake, Merck is also expanding its training programme – startups will now have access to a wider range of tailored courses and workshops, including seminars like “Team Dynamics”.

As in previous rounds, the teams in Nairobi and Darmstadt will have the option to extend their acceleration period via a month-long residency in Silicon Valley. This opportunity allows the startups to test and prove their business model in the United States as well.

The programs in both Darmstadt and Nairobi will start on September 4, 2017, and will end on December 15, 2017. The application period will run until June 26, 2017, via the accelerator website. Owing to the number of highly qualified applications in the last intake, Merck has decided to expand both its Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya, programs. Each program will take on one more team than in the last cycle; Darmstadt will now have five teams, and Nairobi will take on four.

Stanford Seed Celebrates Five Years of Success in Africa | Announces Expansion to India

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Equity African Leaders Programme (EALP) scholars (L- R) Austin Ojiambo (Victor College), Nitah Onsongo (MIT),), Nancy Wachera (Arizona State University)and Justin Wanyeki (University of Pennsylvania) after receiving their air tickets to join their respective universities. The four were among 40 EALP scholars who received air tickets from the Equity Group Foundation Chairman Dr James Mwangi to study in over 20 world renowned universities abroad.

Stanford University initiative led by the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), Stanford Seed, has expanded into India after it first launched in West Africa in 2013 and subsequently expanded to East Africa in 2016.

With more than 500 business leaders trained with the goal of promoting prosperity in these regions, Seed Transformation Program applications in India open May 26 while and applications in East and West Africa are due June 30.

“The impact of Seed in West and East Africa has been astounding, with nearly two-thirds of participants reporting increased revenue and job creation,” said Jesper Sørensen, Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professor of Organizational Behavior at the GSB and Executive Director of Seed. “We are five years into our journey, and just getting started. We believe – and have seen first-hand – that this unique model can help some of the most dynamic business leaders in these regions drive the kinds of firm growth that underlies sustainable regional prosperity. We are very eager to see its impact in India.”

Seed will be located in Chennai with a annual program set to run from August 2017 to August 2018 at the state-of-the-art Infosys corporate campus.

“India is the world’s second-most populous country, known for its entrepreneurial dynamism. We know from experience, however, that starting a company is different from making it grow, and that sustainable economic growth depends on firms solving the puzzle of scaling. The Seed Transformation Program leverages Stanford’s deep insights into the leadership of rapidly growing enterprises. We believe that by transforming leaders and companies through this program we can contribute to increased prosperity for the companies and, more importantly, their communities,” said Sørensen.

Seed is working with partners from across Stanford to empower business leaders to lead their regions to greater prosperity. Seed consists of three distinct yet complementary programs: the Seed Transformation Program, a yearlong, on-the-ground leadership program for the founders and leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises; Seed Student Programs, providing educational opportunities and summer internships at participating companies; and Seed Research, which provides funding for critical research to discover breakthrough solutions to promote prosperity throughout the developing world.

The Seed Transformation Program has trained and mentored 565 entrepreneurs and senior staff members, leading to increased revenue and new job creation throughout the region. In addition, participating companies have raised almost $11 million in funding and 79 percent have grown their customer base.

One such initiative is Gosolar Africa (SMEFUNDS), an international energy company that focuses on developing solutions for individuals with limited access to electricity. Founded by Femi  Oye, who completed the Seed Transformation Program in 2014, the firm has received a $1 million investment from Acumen and sold more than 600,000 stoves and over 7 million liters of biofuel, impacting the lives of more than 3 million individuals.

In addition to Seed, Stanford GSB has a broad range of programs supporting its significant momentum throughout India and Africa as it reaches the world’s most promising entrepreneurs and transforms the global economy.

This year, Stanford GSB is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Africa MBA Fellowship and the 8th anniversary of the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship, both of which provide assistance for international students with financial needs who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Stanford GSB also offers Stanford Ignite, a certificate program that teaches innovators to formulate, develop, and commercialize ideas and has programs around the world, including India.

 

 

CcHub & its investment arm Growth Capital to invest over $250,000 into startups founded by Nigerians in the Diaspora

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Nigeria has hundreds of entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists based in the UK working, doing business and living their contributing the country’s economic growth and research and development.

However, in a move to develop countries back home starting from Nigeria, Lagos-based Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has launched the ‘CcHub Diaspora Challenge’, to engage the African communities in the UK and encourage them to source scalable business solutions to social challenges in Africa. The launch kicks off a UK-wide search for early stage ventures focus on Financial Technology, Energy or Education.

According to ‘Bosun Tijani, CcHub Co-founder and CEO, “We have long wanted to build stronger tech community connections between the UK and Africa in order to increase Diaspora community involvement. CcHub is a social innovation hub – we innovate and build to address social problems, and we want to facilitate development-focused dialogues and attract the best talent to help us in our mission. The CcHub Diaspora Challenge is the starting pistol to engaging, mentoring, incubating and investing in Africans in the UK who can help ‘build Africa’ alongside us.”

Held at Facebook’s offices in central London, the launch saw over 300 people meet to hear CcHub’s Co-founder and CEO, ‘Bosun Tijani and Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin. In attendance was Emeka Afigbo, Platform Partnerships, Head of Middle East & Africa and Boko Inyundo, Rachel Jenkins, Iyin Aboyeji, Alae Ismail and Ike Anya, who looked at the challenges of connecting African professionals in the Diaspora with improved development on the continent.

A panel of esteemed judges made up of academics, industry experts and investors will select two ventures from each Thematic Area who will go on to receive nine months’ incubation from CcHUB and investment of $15,000 from CcHub. Ventures which are able to demonstrate sustainability and innovation are then each able to access a further $250,000 seed investment from Growth Capital.

UK-based Africans make up approximately 35% of UK outflow remittances. Although remittances are a noteworthy contribution to Africa’s development, there remain gaps in the Diaspora community contribution to development that needs to be filled. With over 300,000 highly qualified Africans in the Diaspora, and about 10% of which have PhDs, the brain drain occurrence has long been a conundrum and the emigration of African professionals to the West is one of the greatest obstacles to African development. CcHub aims to alleviate the consequences of brain drain by purposefully engaging the Diaspora community, harnessing their intellect and leveraging their network.

Founded five years ago, CcHub is a vibrant community of over 15,200 entrepreneurs and a portfolio of over 55 early stage ventures providing solutions to social problems with technology.

Mary Gicharu Appointed New Managing Director of iHub

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iHub has been a leading force in innovation in Kenya. It has provided an incubator and hacker space for people with creative minds since its inception in 2010. Over the years it has expanded into m:lab, UX Lab, Gearbox and iHub Research.

Today, iHub got a new managing director, her name is Mary Gicharu, she holds a Bachelors of Finance Degree which she completed on a music scholarship abroad. She has gotten a lot of experience from working in the US with globally respected companies such as Morgan Stanley investment bank where she worked as a Program Manager in the COO’S office for 8 years . Mary also had a role which included tenureship at Coca-Cola enterprises, Inc. Atlanta GA U.S. within Strategy & Planning, Portfolio Management. Most recently, she lead and managed the implementation of Equitel, it is now the largest MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) in Kenya.

At iHub, Mary promises to continue with the implementation of iHub 2.0, it currently holds the mantra of connect, build, invent. The previous Managing Durector, Kamal Bhattacharya will now serve as Chairman of the Board at iHub.

 

 

Kgoshigadi; a Business-in-a-Box Solution that Manufactures Bio-Degradable and Affordable Sanitary Pads

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Like many girls and women across the world, 16-year-old Joan is self-conscious about bleeding on her clothes during her period.

“I used to use cloths that I would cut from my old T-shirts to keep the blood from staining my dresses, but they were not enough and blood would still stain my clothes,” she told a local NGO that visited her school to teach her how to make reusable pads.

“Boys used to laugh at me and I eventually simply stayed home whenever my periods started.”

Joan isn’t the only one, in South Africa, 3 out of 10 girls miss a week of school every month, totaling 150 weeks during their school careers – due to not being able to afford menstruation management products such as sanitary pads when they have their periods. This results in young girls dropping out of school altogether, as they simply cannot catch up their schoolwork.

All over Africa, the story is the same, UNICEF estimates that over 100 million school girls miss school for the same reason every month.

Kgoshigadi was lauched in 2012 to address the issue of menstruation-related absenteeism in girls from low-income families in the Soshanguvhe township of South Africa.

Kgoshigadi, which means “Queen” in the South African language of sePedi, is a social enterprise that is providing women’s employment opportunities through the manufacture and sale of menstrual health and wellness products.

In 2016, thay implemented their social franchising solution. Their business-in-a-box  plan is anchored in an all-empowering revenue generation model with the benefit of positive socio-economic and environmental impact.

It is a social enterprise that sets up mini-factories in overlooked communities and upskills local women in townships to manufacture and distribute affordable, bio-degradable sanitary pads.

Kgoshigadi enables these women to become business owners of their own social franchise, secure their own livelihoods and address menstruation-related absenteeism in high school girls. The business-in-a-box solution also hosts women’s health workshops, which are safe spaces for women to discuss issues affecting them and access information that is both reliable and factually accurate. Kgoshigadi’s products do not negatively impact the land quality of the communities it supports. The product is bio-degradable, thus also addressing the problem of menstrual waste management, given that it is estimated that a single woman will produce between 125kg-150kg of waste over her life time.

A single Kgoshigadi mini-factory employs 5 women full time, with an additional 15-20 women acting as distribution agents. Up to 5 000 women and girls in the surrounding communities of a Kgoshigadi mini-factory can supplied with an affordable and eco-friendly sanitary product.

As part of the franchise agreement, Kgoshigadi provides their employees with sanitary pad manufacturing machinery, raw materials, business and production skills training, marketing and brand support.

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SweepSouth raises a series A round from local & international investors, plans to grow reach and services

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Cape Town-based on-demand and regular home cleaning service provider SweepSouth has concluded its Series A financing round led by South Africa’s Smollan and Silicon Valley’s Draper Dark Flow with participation from existing investors, Identity Development Fund Managers (via their Identity Future Fund) and Africa Angels Network (as CRE VC) and new incoming private investor Nkosinathi Maphumulo (DJ Black Coffee).

This raise is in addition to the firm’s early 2016 funding round which saw it expand into Durban and Pretoria, launch its native mobile app and grew its revenue by 6 times.

This track record of growth and consistent service delivery in newly launched territories, combined with its aggressive strategic growth targets of expanding outside of South Africa and creating work for 10,000 SweepStars within the next 12 months, has supported SweepSouth in successfully closing its third funding round.

“We’re particularly excited about the strategic nature of our partnerships with our new incoming investors. Smollan’s reach – it operates in 36 international markets – will provide the perfect avenue to rapidly expand internationally.” Says Aisha Pandor, SweepSouth Co-founder and CEO. “From our very first meeting we had a wonderful synergy with Dave and Mike Smollan, and believe our shared values and combined strengths will result in a lot of great new innovation from SweepSouth.  DDF Capital brings its expertise in scaling tech, particularly in Africa, and DJ Black Coffee is an inspirational and influential local ambassador with a brand we’re proud to be associated with.”

“This funding will lay the groundwork for our international and service expansion, helping us intensify our efforts to create work for thousands more, and positively impact even more people in additional African markets,” says Alen Ribic, Co-founder and the company’s CTO.

Of the investment, David Smollan, CEO of Smollan, says “We are proud to partner with SweepSouth which is perfectly aligned with our purpose of developing and executing leading solutions which deliver growth and have profound social impact.”

SweepSouth is founded on the belief that the home cleaning industry needed to be modernised through technology as well as a change in mindset towards the conviction that everyone deserves access to dignified work at decent pay.

RTI Receives $2M From Google to Expand its School Tablet Program to Uganda, Malawi & Nepal

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Tangerine:Tutor, an open-source data light learning platform pre-installed on tablets for schools, an iniative of RTI International’s Tusome (Swahili for Let’s Read) program has received $2m in grants from Google.org to improve learning amongst lower primary pupils in all public schools in Kenya through the use of ICT.

According to Michael Murungi, Google Manager for Policy, East Africa, “We believe every student deserves access to quality education and recognise that technology can play a vital role in creating richer learning environments.”

With the funds, RTI International will enhance the Tangerine:Tutor Platform, procure and deploy the devices, mostly tablets. Google.org’s technical expertise will help RTI to update Tangerine:Tutor’s technical infrastructure and open-source documentation to scale to other educational systems, including  Uganda, Malawi and Nepal, in pursuit of their five-year goal of supporting teachers to reach 4 million students.

Tangerine:Tutor: is the first national tablet deployment in education in Kenya and hopes to expand to Uganda, Malawi and Nepal. Over 1150 Educational zones have been trained and provided with tablets loaded with Tangerine:Tutor. Tablets have also been provided to the County Directors of Education, Sub-County Directors of Education, the Teachers Service Commission County Directors and the Quality Assurance and Standards Field Staff. These tablets are loaded with instructional materials to help them manage, support and supervise the CSOs in their respective counties under the Tusome program.

Tusome is a collaboration between RTI International, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UKAID) . The program utilises innovative data-based instructional improvement methods in reading and use of ICT integrated support through tablets which are installed with an openly licensed mobile platform (“Tangerine: Tutor”) designed by RTI International and optimized for low bandwidth use, ensuring access to curricula content even in remote/rural parts of the country.

The $2m grant is part of a broader Ksh 5 billion ($50 Million) commitment from Google.org to help close global education gaps.

 

Four Kenyan Bloggers You Don’t Know that You Should Check Out

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There are plenty of blogs in Kenya, yet it’s always the same old websites that take all the credit. However, when you look a little closer you realise that there is plenty of talent out there, content creators that will leave you hooked and wanting more. Here are just a few of them;

  1. Zero Chills

Just as the name suggests, this blog consists of opinionated controversial posts that focus on societal issues and the hilarious experiences of a girl called Vanessa Kamau, the founder of the blog. From disputing the misogynistic opinion what is ‘wife material’, to her experience with clingy friends who can’t handle getting ‘blue ticked’ (we all have those), her content comes as a breath of fresh air, that more people need to check out.

More of her fascinating insight can also be found on her column at OMG voice.

  1. The Rackster

Maybe another Biko Zulu in the making, or maybe he just likes telling stories. He considers himself, a social climber still hungovered over his first job; changing lifestyle and failed relationships. However he is also the brains behind The Rackster, an amazing creative writing blog, and you only need to click the link to understand why. He has an interesting way of weaving words into tales and making you get lost in his musings, and could easily become a favorite read.

  1. Whispery Wind

A lifestyle blog by a woman called Wayumu with a focus on food, travel and adventure. She’s lived in 3 countries, and visited a few others and strives to continue exploring. You can catch her experiences, feelings, and thoughts on her beautifully designed blog.

  1. As Told By Bobby

This blog is actually a draft copy of Bobby’s second novel that focuses on the quest for wealth and an endless search for true love.  You instantly get hooked with the story about the main character,  who has two girlfriends, just like many people have at one point in their lives. Does he get caught two timing? That’s a question that will be answered as you read.