WeThinkCode democratises education in South Africa

WeThinkCode will train world-class software engineers in a peer-to-peer problem solving learning environment in a period of two years

Africa 2.0 is excited to announce that it has partnered with WeThinkCode

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." This quote from American educator John Dewey, captures a major issue facing South Africa. In a country with the legacy of a two-system which excludes a major part of the population, how does one narrow the gap and build an inclusive education environment accessible to all?

Local data underpins Tanzania’s next malaria plan

Tanzania’s health ministry is set to revisit the way it goes about collecting data to control malaria following new insights into the disease.
The ministry is preparing to sign a strategic plan that will focus more on data collection at village and district level to intensify the national fight against malaria. This revision is needed because changing temperatures and growing travel habits among Tanzania’s people are spreading malaria-bearing mosquitoes, say policymakers.

These two controller boards are home-grown alternatives to Arduino for South African makers

It’s a lot easier to get hold of hobbiest and prototyping boards in South Africa than it used to be, but while Raspberry Pis and Arduinos are easy to get hold of, there’s still a premium on imported electronics that can make alternatives tricky to source.

So hurrah for two companies from our little sub-Saharan country who have taken it upon themselves to create new options for makers, with the added benefit of knowing it is proudly South African.

Keystone Electronic Solutions brings us the cutely named Penguin Board, while Arrow Altech has created The Cherry Blossom.

Opera, Worldreader partner to reach 1 mln African readers

Worldreader has partnered with Opera Software to reach 1 million readers in Africa by the end of the year. The organisations have already provided 5 million readers in Africa, with access to 25 000 free digital book titles via their mobile phones. Through this partnership, Opera and Worldreader aim to reach millions of people every month, across 34 African countries, through the cell phones they already have.

MainOne’s Tier III Data Center, MDX-i partners Microsoft on Cloud Computing

MainOne’s Data Center subsidiary, MDX-i, today announced the launch of its new cloud-based service offering with Microsoft. The solution which is built on Microsoft Azure’s enterprise grade infrastructure provides flexible, highly available and fully secure private computing environments to companies on a Pay-as-you-Go basis. By combining expertise in proven, yet familiar technologies and geographic specialization, MDX-i Cloud Services deliver a solution tailored to meet the needs of enterprise customers in West Africa.

Zimbabwe: Econet Trains Computer Specialists

Econet Wireless says it has invested towards training of 1 000 young people as specialist computer programme coders over the last 12 months despite the problems that continue besetting the economy.

The young school leavers who were selected for the programme are among the 40 000 orphaned children who annually receive education support from Econet Wireless and its founder Mr Strive Masiyiwa.

Mauritius: Ghana & Mauritius Agree On ICT Park in Tema

Ghana and Mauritius signed in Port Louis, Mauritius, a framework agreement for the development of a Technology Park in Tema.

The first phase of the park, which will be developed and managed by a Special Purpose Vehicle, will be on a 6.1 hectare serviced land in the Tema Free Zones Enclave.

With an initial investment of US$75million to be scaled up to US$250million, about 5000 direct jobs and thousands of indirect job opportunities will be created on completion of the park.

What is DHL Express doing with pocket-sized, all-touch computers in Africa?

Unlike consumer-grade devices, the TC55 is an enterprise-oriented touch computer with aesthetic appeal and usability of popular personal devices, but has integrated data capture capabilities and is built to withstand the wear and tear of industrial environments. It runs on the Android platform and in addition to ease of use; they also have built-in location services and GPS navigation capabilities.

Kenya Open Data Portal Hits 44 Million Page Views

The Kenya Open Data portal has announced today that it has hit over 44 million page reviews since its launch 4 years ago.

This was announced by Linet Kwamboka , Open Data Project Co-ordinator as they marked their fourth anniversary with a launch of its Open Data version 2.0 website which will make core government developmental, demographic, statistical and expenditure data available in a useful digital format for researchers, policymakers, ICT developers and the general public.

Amazon to open Johannesburg cloud technology hub

Amazon will open its new Johannesburg office during 2015/16, recruiting over 250 local engineers, network specialists, media specialists and other technology staff to service the growing number of Amazon Web Services (AWS) clients in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.

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