It might have looked like a neglected section on my blog for sometime, but I think the whole blog has been so. I have not dished out blogs as I always do during this time ( end and beginning of the years), but here is the first #PkTechWeekly entry for this year.
Do you know about this Online Shop that has products form Ebay, Amazon and Taobao, called Masikini?
www.masikini.com prouds it’self as the only Ugandan online shopping store that can get you items from the famously known world wide online shops. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Tech Expectation From Africa in 2017
I was so good with these predictions in the years far gone, let me see if I still have the skill. See my ten technology predictions for this year.
- More Drones for good.
- More big tech firms
- Intelligent Applications
- Accelerators programs by global institutions like World Bank
- More FinTech
- Smart Cities
- Automated Finance
- Mesh app and service architecture
- Adaptive Security
- Big data( its been around for sometimes will just continue growing)
Looks like we only have two major valuable US Tech companies doing business in Africa; that is Uber and Airbnb.
It’s said that Airbnb has at least 60,000 listings in Africa and one in four of them — about 15,000 — are in Cape Town, South Africa according to Independent Online. And a year ago, in January 2016, Christian Science Monitor reported that the then-7 -year-old Airbnb had 40,000 listings across the continent. The number of bookings in South Africa – the leading market – had grown 259 percent over the previous year. Morocco was close behind South Africa, with thousands more listings scattered from Kenya to Mauritius.
Uber is valued at $68 billion, across the globe, outpacing its closest global rival, Xiaomi, by more than $20 billion, Business Insider reported. It raised $3.5 billion from a Saudi Arabian investment fund and $2 billion from a leveraged loan in 2016, and also closed a deal with its No. 1 rival, China’s Didi Chuxing. Didi invested $1 billion in Uber global with the focus to expand self-driving car testing and bettering ride-hailing rivals in Southeast Asia.
Back here in Africa Uber added cities in 2016 and now does business in 14 African cities including: Abuja, Accra, Alexandria, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dar Es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
It has around 40,000 drivers in Egypt of which 40 percent were unemployed before joining the company, according to Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s head for Africa, Europe, and Middle East in a Daily News Egypt interview. In Kenya, the number of Uber drivers grew four-fold this year to 4,000 thanks to a price cut in July, Business Daily Africa reported.
It should also be known that Uber has more data on you its users, than you have on them. Uber tracks you all the time, so it knows a lot about you. It knows when you’re sleeping, it knows when you’re awake. It knows when you’ve been bad or good…
Uber also launched it’s UberPool carpool service in more than 30 countries like Egypt, letting people living in the same area ride the same car when heading to the same destination.
Learn how Uganda is using Technology to Strengthen its boarder Security.
So my country Uganda is said to be making the most of technology by speeding visa issuance and strengthen border security through the use of the skills of Gemalto a dutch based international security company. This company is to help facilitate travel, enhance national security and protect travelers from identity theft.
The company is said to be supplying us with the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) and its Coesys Visa Management that combines swift issuance of all visas and permits with biometric enrollment upon arrival.Its also supporting with integration, deployment, maintenance and training for immigration officers.
I think we are burning our money on foreign companies that might even fail to deliver – as always- systems our own can develop and maintain.
But this is Uganda!
Are you a gadgets person? Check this out,
Are you an app developer, please take of some time and click on the topic above and learn something new or not.
If you are Meduim the blogging platform, you should read this about them and Venture Capital. Try reading the comments too, there is more knowledge there too.