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Video roundup: digital jobs, innovation, ICT centres, and more

May 18, 2013  »  VideoNo Comment

Plenty of videos featuring African ICT developments have been posted to YouTube in the past 30 days. The twenty-one we found run the gamut – from supporting ICT jobs to fostering innovation to supporting education. Once again, the nations represented tend to be the larger ones; most initiatives are focused on Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Others hail from Madagascar and Somalia.

Technology in Madagascar

Young people passionate about new technology have started one of Madagascar’s first open co-working IT spaces.


Digital Jobs Africa

Digital Jobs Africa aims to impact 1 million lives in six countries in Africa by catalyzing sustainable Information Communication Technology-enabled (ICT) employment opportunities and skills training for high potential African youth.


weSolve checking out an Internet Cafe in Mogadishu

A local internet cafe in Mogadishu, Somalia.


African Innovation: A Growing IT Ecosystem

Leaders from the Kenyan business, technology, academic and public sectors discuss the vibrant East African technology industry and how the new IBM Innovation Center in Nairobi, Kenya will strengthen the local IT ecosystem and support innovation across the continent.


ICT Innovation Week Launch

At the launch of the 8th “Innovation week” by the Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence in Accra, the Director-General of the Centre said this year an “Innovation Challenge” will be part of the celebration.


South Africa’s Rlabs using technology to solve social issues

In South Africa, Rlabs has succeeded in using technology to solve social issues such as substance abuse and other challenges. The project has worked with people from the community to develop mobile counseling services that could be accessed by the community via their mobile phones, while also working as a sustainable enterprise.


ICT challenges Innovators want more funding

Kenyan startup activity is at an all-time high. Greater funding is needed to ensure a sustainable industry.


Kenya Technology

A team of Americans and Kenyans has developed a new Internet router that’s affordable and is a reliable solution for people without consistent Internet access. The team presented the device called the BRCK at the re:Publica Tech Conference in Berlin.


MENA Internet Statistics- May 2013

How big is the internet in the Middle East and North Africa region?


ICT as Alternative to Development in Africa

In Nigeria, the Investment Africa conference sought to delve deeper in to the infrastructure challenges facing the continent focusing on the role ICT development plays in this sector. ABN’s Keisha Gitari sat down with Alfonso Di Ianni, senior vice president of Oracle, to get his thoughts on the role of ICT as an alternative path to development in Africa.


Mobile Africa: Internet Messaging Versus SMS Messaging – BBC Interview with Dele Meiji Fatunla

RAS Web Editor, Dele Meiji Fatunla talking about the impact of internet messaging on SMS text messaging in Africa, following a report that internet messaging has overtaken text messaging as a means of global communication.


Broadband access key to economic growth in East Africa

East African member states have named a team of experts charged with the responsibility of ensuring access to internet facilities across the region with a target of stimulating economic growth. The new approach comes at a time when the regions’ internet penetration is very low, staggering at only 12% with concentration in urban centers, leaving out the majority who live in rural areas.


Fifty computers with internet access donated to a struggling school in Gugulethu

Fifty computers with internet access have been donated to a struggling school in Gugulethu on the Cape Flats.


Connecting Africa: BT connects 20 communities

Connecting Africa brings together BT’s technology to help improve lives for orphaned or abandoned children at 20 communities across 12 African countries.


How IICD supports healthcare in Africa by using ICT

This Tanzanian doctor works at a health clinic in Nyakato that is now using a Health Management Information System (HMIS) that reduces waiting time for patients and improves the overall efficiency of the clinic. The video also includes other examples and facts and figures about of IICD’s effective work in ‘ICT for health’ in Africa.


Why is it so hard to try something new in ICT4D?

Laura Walker Hudson of FrontlineSMS explores the challenges of applying technology to international development.


Bande Annonce Webcup 2013

Webcup Reunion gives entrepreneurs 24 hours to make a website. The event is held annually in Reunion, Mayotte, Madagascar, and Mauritius.


Kenya targeting to be African ICT champion by 2017

The Kenya ICT Board will host industry leaders at Kenya’s Connected Summit this month.


ICT Centre in Otuoke

Determined to confront the high rate of joblessness in the Niger Delta region, the Nigerian Federal Government has concluded arrangements to train over 700 youths in various fields at the skill acquisition centre in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.


ICT in Ghanaian Schools

An insight into the debate about the future of Ghanaian education. Should ICT be a priority when problems with basic literacy problems still persist?


The State of Social Media in South Africa

A summary of the current Social Media Statistics in South Africa, BRICS, and the African Continent.


Innovation Ghana

Innovation Ghana is an initiative of the Ministry of Trade & Industry supported by Google to celebrate our homegrown innovators and discuss what is needed to bring Ghana to the fore of innovation and entrepreneurship. Five recently uploaded videos showcase local innovations, from fashion to gaming to informing the electorate using online tools.


Smart Monkey TV has just finished its first year. The channel uploads around many interviews per month with people who have a hand in African technology and media.