Computing

Medo launches a programme to empower young women in science, technology, engineering and maths

Last night, Medo hosted a discussion and presentation of its Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme. The event took place in Cape Town, with the young school girls telling the guests about their experiences and even brainstorming ideas on how the city can solve the problem of cable theft that affects the running of trains.

Across industries, gender inequality is a white elephant that comfortably and has always sat right in the middle of these industries.

Samsung provides Smart School tech to Kenyan boys' school

Samsung East Africa has partnered with Starehe Boys' Centre and School in Kenya to launch the Samsung Smart School Solution, as part of an initiative to promote the use of technology in schools.

The Samsung Smart School Solution consisting of educational software and real-time content sharing. The technology allows teachers to share syllabus-approved content as well as keep track of information on the pupils' screens, and pupils can all access the same information.

Intel’s ‘She Will Connect’ Plans to Train 5 Million More African Females in ICT by 2020

The US-based chipsets-maker, Intel, has reiterated its commitment to closing the gender gap in technology participation in Africa through its digital literacy programme for young women in developing countries, ‘She Will Connect’.

The project which was launched in 2013 wants to reduce gender gap by 50% and is planning to reach five million women and girls across Africa by 2020.

MTN sets up ICT Resource Center at Shimoni Teacher’s College via ‘21 Days of Yello Care’

MTN Uganda staff today kick-started their annual 21-day-long staff volunteerism initiative in which employees across MTN’s international footprint take time off to physically get involved in activities that uplift communities around them through financial, physical and emotional contributions of staff and MTN as a corporate citizen.

Liberian Open Government Partnership could get SMS platform

Liberian Deputy Information Minister Andrew Tehmeh has called on the government to develop an SMS platform to gather feedback on national development, aimed at enhancing the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Tehmeh believes that if the government's provision of online information is achieved, there will be more feedback from the public upon which it can act, LINA reported.

Dark Fibre Africa joins Hetzner data centre

South Africa's Hetzner's Data Centre Park in Samrand is offering ECS-licensed customers a greater choice of Internet service providers after Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) joined Hetzner's carrier-neutral facility.

SA’s Snapt opens US office as it exceeds 10k customers

South African software provider Snapt has established an independent sales and marketing arm in the United States (US) to cope with increasing demand, reporting an annual growth rate of 400 per cent to take it past 10,000 customers.

Snapt, which was founded in South Africa in 2011 and is a provider of software-based load balancers and application delivery controllers (ADCs), said its new US arm in Atlanta, Georgia – Snapt Global – is a result of “accelerating market demand” and evidence of its “aggressive” US expansion plans.

Liquid Telecom installs data protection infrastructure

Liquid Telecom has installed an $800 000 endpoint data protection and management solution infrastructure.

The infrastructure, which is called CrashPlan Africa, is expected to enhance data protection and storage in the country.

Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe managing director Wellington Makamure told NewsDay yesterday that the telecommunications company partnered with a US-based company, Code 42 in March and started deployment of data servers early this month.

“Enterprises need help to protect and manage endpoint data,” said Makamure.

Tesla's low-cost renewable battery could revolutionise Africa's energy supply

Batteries that can store renewable energy for longer and at half the current cost have been hailed as an energy revolution that could transform Africa’s power supply.

Launched by California-based tech company Tesla, the battery can hold enough energy to power a home for up to five hours.

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

You probably know eBay’s Gumtree.co.za, 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.

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