Django Girls come to Lagos, to teach women computer programming for free

Django Girls, a non-profit organization that empowers women through free computer programming workshops, has announced it is coming to Lagos, Nigeria to teach young women and girls programming.

A free one-day workshop, aimed at total beginners, will be hosted in Lagos to teach 30 women how to build websites from scratch.

At the workshop, attendees will create their first website, be mentored by programmers who want to help them get into web development, and be well-fed by the organizers (light breakfast and healthy lunch will be provided).

Presidency: Govt agencies must ‘aggregate databases of Nigerians’

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a marching order to government agencies collecting demographic and biometric data of citizens and legal residents in Nigeria to aggregate them into the nation’s single data bank.
The Presidency also says all data are to be domiciled with and managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency responsible for managing nation’s identity database.

BRCK Raises $3M from Steve Case, TED & Others to connect more people to the Internet

Rugged, self-powered, mobile WiFi device which connects people and things to the internet in marginalised areas BRCK has raised $3m from Jean and Steve Case with participation from Jim Sorenson, TED, MKS Alternative Investments, Synergy Energy and others to bring connectivity to people in marginalised areas.

Why data was crucial to Burkina Faso’s first election since uprising

Democratic elections in transitional states are never straightforward. With limited experience to draw on, finite resources and a lack of transparency, it’s not uncommon for rumours, tensions and civil unrest to overshadow the process and undermine faith in the results.

But by midday on Monday 30 November – the day after Burkina Faso’s presidential election – citizens had a reliable early indication of who would be their first elected head of state since the overthrow of strongman Blaise Compaoré last year.

Sun International completes rollout of IFS Applications

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Sun International Ltd, one of Africa's leading gaming and leisure brands, has successfully completed its implementation of the IFS Applications™ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite.

Sage maintains double-digit growth in Africa

Ivan Epstein, president of Sage International, says he is pleased with double-digit growth coming out of Africa.

Ivan Epstein, president of Sage International, says he is pleased with double-digit growth coming out of Africa.
Software firm Sage maintained a double-digit growth financial performance in its African operations but had investors confused by changes to how it reported its revenue for the previous financial year.

Kenya Open Data Portal hits 58 Millions Views as more Government Departments Share Data

In 2011, the Kenyan government launched the Kenya Open data project.  The Open data project was meant to release important data to the public domain. Most of the data was previously accessible to the government and its departments for use in planning, resource allocation and other tasks for the running of government.

Access to global cloud providers available at Teraco through Internet Solutions’ CloudConnect

Internet Solutions (IS), a pan-African communications service provider, has connected at Teraco, a vendor neutral data centre provider in South Africa, enabling clients to have a secure connection and single point of access to Google, Amazon Web Services, Dimension Data Cloud and Microsoft Azure and Office 365 via IS’s CloudConnect product. This is a significant shift and example of the adoption of cloud to deliver IT services more effectively.

eWaste - an opportunity for economic growth

To help ease the high unemployment levels throughout the continent, organisations need to be innovative and create new commercially viable business opportunities. eWaste has captured the headlines in recent months and is no doubt an attractive proposition for companies to help stimulate economy growth.

At the recent national consultative conference on electronic and electrical waste (eWaste) management, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa reaffirmed Government’s commitment to working with the waste sector in meeting its challenges.

East Africa PC market falls 24.8% in Q3

The PC market in East Africa, comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, suffered a year-on-year decline of 24.8 percent in the third quarter to 108,088 unit shipments, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Given the region's reliance on imports, the continuing depreciation of local currencies is driving greater inflationary risks and subsequently depressing consumer sentiment and purchasing power.

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