Computing

Intel’s Latest Campaign To Halve African Technology Gender Gap

Intel has launched a new digital literacy campaign under its “She Will Connect” initiative to reach 5 million African women and therefore halve the gender gap in technology in the sub-Saharan African region by 2016.

Zimbabwe: Econet Rolls Out Digital Learning Platform

Mobile telecommunications giant, Econet Wireless has rolled out a digital educational platform that will increase access by university students and lecturers to learning materials.

The platform, dubbed EcoSchool, has been on a pilot at the University of Zimbabwe for the past six months and allows students using the Econet network to access educational websites for free.

Students who are registered on the EcoSchool platform can access the learning materials on smartphones, tablets as well as on computers.

Cape Verde: CV Movel installing 14 public ICT access centres

CV Movel, the largest cellco in Cape Verde, located some 570 kilometres off the coast of west Africa, has installed its third ‘multimedia centre’, providing public internet/computing access and other ICT facilities as part of efforts to reduce the ‘digital divide’ for underserved sections of society.

Telecompaper reports that the facility in the municipality of Calheta de Sao Miguel follows two similar launches in Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal in September, and CV Movel intends to open a total of 14 multimedia centres by the end of this month.

Kenya’s laptop project tender cancelled, again

Kenya’s Jubilee Coalition laptop project tender that had been issued has yet again dismissed by judges, now the tendering process will have to start all over again and will take at least six months and in addition to that the first deliveries will be delayed by months.

Justices George Odunga, Francis Gikonyo and Weldon Korir declared the Sh24 billion laptop tender that was awarded to Olive Telecommunications PVT Ltd of India, flawed.

Flexenclosure Supplying Second Data Centre to MTN Ivory Coast

Prefabricated data centre specialist Flexenclosure says that it has received a second large order from MTN C te d'Ivoire for a customised eCentre. The two technical facilities are the first prefabricated data centre buildings ever to be deployed in the country.

Consisting of an 84sqm hosted data centre, a 168sqm switching centre and an 84sqm energy centre, the facility is to be installed and commissioned in the city of Bingerville in the eastern part of Abidjan - the economic capital of Ivory Coast - in October 2014.

Microsoft in deal with Zim government to “simplify & standardise systems”

A report by Finx tthis week says that Microsoft’s President for Microsoft Middle East & Africa (MEA), Ali Faramawy, is currently in Zimbabwe to forge a partnership with the government so they can “to simplify, standardise as well as integrate [Zimbabwean government ICT] systems.”

On what work the software giant will do, Zimbabwe’s top tax man, Geshem Pasi, is quoted in the report:

An education tablet for schools in Cote d’Ivoire

Thierry N'Doufou's three eldest children tumble out of the car; the little one trips over her school bag as she tries to work out what to do with her break-time snack.

"We continue to go to school here as we went to school 100 years ago," says the 36-year-old entrepreneur.

"The same heavy backpack, the same blackboard with the same chalk."

And that heavy backpack is what Mr N'Doufou is hoping to lighten by introducing a bespoke tablet computer made specifically for schools in Ivory Coast.

Computing - In Brief

Flexenclosure, a designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry, has opened a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa, to serve its growing number of customers in Africa.

South Africa: City of Cape Town Plan to Acquire Drones

Shortly after referring to its CCTV system as "Big Brother" and expressing support for public video surveillance, the City of Cape Town has revealed that it is in the "planning phase" of a camera drone project.

Last week, JP Smith, the City's Mayco Member for Safety and Security, said in a meeting with the police that the City aims to test drones within the next two months.

Kenya: Oracle's Centre of Excellence to Bridge It Skills Gap in Kenya

A major challenge the ICT sector in Kenya is facing is the IT skills gap as most Kenyan youth lack opportunities to gain technology-related skills that can enable them work across industries and borders.

This has seen the government through the Ministry of ICT partner with tech companies to bridge this gap by building high-end skills and promoting Digital Literacy.

However, this is changing with the introduction of Centres of Excellence where global tech firms introduce programmes to aid youths gain IT-related skills and become competitive globally.

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