Rocket Internet Launches Online Classifieds Site Vendito in Africa to Kill Ady, OLX & Gumtree

You probably know eBay’s, Nasper’s OLX which are all over the Internet and probably on your TV. We expect you know Ringier’s Ady in Nigeria and PigiaMe in Kenya, there are some other players like JunkMail Publishing too.

Last week our friends at Rocket Internet announced they are going to launch ten new companies this year, so we began digging and noticed Samwer’s speech was not just PR Speak.

WTEC to train Nigerian girls on internet, social media

Lagos-based Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre has expressed its preparedness to train girls in public schools on the use of social media and the internet.

In a statement signed by the Executive Director of the centre, Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi, in Lagos, the center said the after-school initiative will give the benefiting girls a leverage to compete favourably in the ICT field, with their male counterparts.

Airtel Gabon, Unesco launch USD 4 mln schools IT programme

Airtel Gabon has signed a XAF 2.4 billion (approximately USD 4 million) cheque to the 'Former ma generation – Gabon 5000' programme, which is also backed by the education ministry and Unesco, Agence Ecofin reports.

Avanti signs $4m pact for Tanzania schools connectivity

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – UK-based Avanti Communications Group Plc signed an agreement valued at $4.5 million (Tsh.8 billion) to connect 250 public schools with internet.

The deal falls under the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) and covers the establishment of 25 Information Communication Technology (ICT) academic centres in various areas around the country.

This is expected to bolster education as well as health services in a total of 150 hospitals in Tanzania.

Qlik Cloud Offerings Unveiled: First in Business Intelligence to deliver Data-as-a-Service

Qlik, a visual analytics provider, has announced its Qlik Cloud offering that is comprised of multiple services.  As a result of its recent DataMarket acquisition, the Company is introducing Qlik DataMarket, a Data-as-a-Service offering via Qlik Cloud, along with Qlik Sense Cloud for free sharing and Qlik®Sense Charts for sharing visualisations on public sites.

Kenya’s Uwazi is crunching data to help firms unlock business

Founded by Dennis Onyango and Sharon Adongo, Kenya’s Uwazi, a data and technology consulting firm aims to help organizations efficiently manage their data and programs apart from it being a leading Salesforce Cloud Consulting Partner in East Africa.

Computing - In Brief

USAID invites organizations and individuals to submit innovative science and technology solutions to help combat the illegal trade in marine and terrestrial wildlife. Successful applicants could win up to $500,000 as well as technical assistance and networking opportunities to scale their solutions.

Pamoja offers local and internationally hosted cloud service

Seacom's cloud services business unit Pamoja is establishing a hybrid cloud services marketplace, which consist of locally hosted and internationally hosted services, BusinessTech reported. For the  locally hosted services, Pamoja has invested in cloud computing infrastructure in South Africa and Kenya. These facilities improve access to cloud services and address the issues surrounding the location of confidential and sensitive data, as well as latency.

Ghana's new tech flavoured development Hope City – Two years on and construction has not yet begun

ACCRA, Ghana — It began with a groundbreaking ceremony led by the president, followed by a lavish launch party at the national stadium that featured a performance by American R&B star Chris Brown. On the eve of the country’s independence day in 2013, Ghanaian developers announced their plans to build a $10 billion tech hub on the outskirts of the capital. Even the name they chose for the project, Hope City, underscored ambitions to once again make Ghana — the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence — a beacon for the rest of the continent.

Brothers for All: the inspiring school teaching underprivileged people how to code

This week, Brothers For All is starting its first pilot project in two of South Africa’s Western Cape prisons, equipping underprivileged people with valuable coding and entrepreneurial skills.

A first of its kind on the African continent, Brothers for All is a spin-off of the non-profit Mothers for All, a local organisation that supports women in Botswana and South Africa, and the award-winning prisoner initiative, Group of Hope.

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