Not everyone is happy about the advancement of technology and the emotions its evokes in people’s lives but as Albert Einstein said; “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
In that regard welcome to the new month and the first #PKTechWeekly covering 30th May to 5th June.
Let’s drive in;
Africa Next Frontier for Nuclear Technology
Did you know that our Africa, this black people ‘infected’ continent is the next frontier for nuclear technology, considering many countries have signed in this regard? Did you also know that South Africa is the only country here in Africa that generates nuclear power, but has been facing opposition in its aims to boost its capacity?
Now Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia signed separate deals with Rosatom, a Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, at a three-day AtomExpo in Moscow, citing the need to diversify their energy sources and tap into the various uses of nuclear technology. Namibia, Egypt and Ghana also said they would continue with their plans. (Read more about this here)
I am hoping Uganda will be added on that list very soon, our president the visionary must have it somewhere on his agenda…
But for now there is
Innovate for Justice call
The Justice Accelerator is looking for top justice innovations that will empower and strengthen both families and SMEs across Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine. In order to make the best solutions more impactful, they have up to €160,000 in acceleration funding available in 2016. The funding is to be divided among the winners, who will continue to receive intensive expert support from them.
I know of Barefoot Lawyers as one of the beneficiaries of this accelerator and I hoping we have more developers and innovators developing or innovating for justice, we surely need some more disruption in that sector. With these disruptive technology we can have some justice served to those are being oppressed because of lack of knowledge about their rights.
The criteria for selection of these innovations says they must be strictly justice related with an expected impact over the areas of focus. Innovations that are general legal tech solutions can also be submitted for review but may not qualify for the Challenge-competitions. The innovations must also have sustainability, scalability, create impact and be unique. Read how it works on their website.
In the same regard
Startup Battlefield Kampala.
Are you a startup? Would you love to exhibit and showcase your innovations and ground breaking tech to thousands of users and Vc’s at the biggest startup event this year, 2016 ? Register at www.startupbattlefield.org and get a chance to showcase.
Surely you can’t miss this!
Wear your battle idea, your weapon of mass coding and go kill a giant problem, while at show off your skills, they might win you something
Airtel Africa Won GTB’s Telecoms Innovation & Technology Award.
In collaboration with Nokia, Airtel won the Global Telecommunication Business (GTB) award for a digital backbone that is driving mobile economy in Africa.
Airtel emerged the winner in Voice over internet Protocol (VoiP) App within the Exceptional Emerging Market category. The awards celebrate the collaboration and partnership between operators and vendors whilst recognizing the industry’s commitment to deliver exciting and innovative services to its customers worldwide. These awards were given out in London and in attendance were 300 telecoms leaders from across the globe.
Standard Bank went Digital
The bank’s strategy of using digital technology to deliver the future of banking to clients in Africa announced last year that it will invest $1.5bn in technology globally over three years.
With in mind, the bank launched Standard Chartered Mobile, a mobile banking application in Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe for the first time. Through the app the bank’s clients can check balances, transfer money and pay bills securely, all through their smartphones. In Nigeria and Ghana, mobile banking clients will move to the Bank’s standard global platform.
Standard Chartered is also upgrading its online banking platform in these eight markets, so clients will benefit from improved navigation and user-friendly interfaces on the Bank’s websites. Clients will soon be able to use a new self-service option for wealth management that lets them set up their investment profiles online and find out which products are most suitable by answering a series of questions on their financial position, investment objectives and risk tolerance.
Overall, clients will enjoy a consistent mobile and online banking experience: usernames and passwords, beneficiaries, standing instructions and bill payees are replicated across both channels. Paying bills is easier too as the revamp comes with an expanded list of utility companies, cable TV and internet providers.
While we are at that, there is a
Pan-Africa Contest Seeking to Capture Fast-Changing Cities, Industry, Technology
The competition seeks to highlight the progress and development of the continent with contrasts, documenting an African booming with youthful consumers, new technology, urbanizing populations and promising economic prospects.
The competition is organised by Agility Africa and it will take place from June 1 (has already started) to Sept. 1, 2016. Agility will award a US$2,000 cash prize to the winner of each of the three categories: cities, industry and technology. A further US$2,000 grand cash prize will go to the photographer who shoots the overall winning image, deemed to best illustrate development and growth across Africa; giving photographers a chance to win up to $4,000.
The winning photographs will be shown on a CNBC Africa telecast and published in Forbes Africa and be featured in Agility social media, promotions and advertising.
The competition will be judged by an independent panel consisting of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Executive Director of the Africa Business News Group and Editor-in-Chief of CNBC Africa; and Salim Amin, photographer, filmmaker and chairman of Africa 24 Media and Camerapix.
The Africa 2015 Photo Competition drew 700 entries submitted by photographers in 33 countries. Winning entries were dramatic images that captured the capital city of Luanda, Angola; wheat fields in Kenya; and a child holding a smartphone in Uganda.
For more on this read here.
Uber Launched in Uganda
I think we all saw and read the news. They are here and have started operating, though there is a number of problems being stated by the first users. Problem like internet connectivity to make payments, time spent in jams, the drivers not knowing the places they are dropping customers or the use of google maps.
Let me end this with this quote;
“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders.” – Marion Ginapolis