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Four African countries rated in innovation studies. A new study has ranked South Africa and Kenya at 30 and 51 out of 56 countries for worldwide innovation influence, while in Bloomberg’s index the North African countries of Tunisia and Morocco are in the top 50 for innovation, ranked at 46 and 48.

Four African countries rated in innovation studies

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a global technology think-tank, released a 20 January report titled Contributors and Detractors: Ranking countries’ impact on global innovation. The top spot was taken by Finland followed by Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Netherlands and Denmark. The report by Stephen J Ezell, Adams B Nager and Robert D Atkinson looked at various aspects that supported innovation locally, but which had a global effect. These activities included investing in the workforce through higher education, research and development conducted in universities and institutes, and 'win-win' policies that bolster national innovation capacity while also generating positive spill-overs for the global economy.

Innovators & Pioneers IV

These young Africans are about to disrupt the way you ship from overseas to Africa. People travel everyday, especially Nigerians.

These young Africans are about to disrupt the way you ship from overseas to Africa

If you travel a lot, chances are you’ve become the designated transporter of goods among family and friends. But what if I told you such an often excruciating exercise could be an avenue for making legitimate money? Interesting right? Introducing Shypmate Shypmate is a peer-to-peer delivery service that allows individuals buy products online and get it delivered through home-bound travelers, especially in Nigeria and Ghana. In an exclusive interview with two members of the team (Chisom Ebinama and Perry Ogwuche) , Co-founder, Perry remarked: Perry Ogwuche “We traveled to the US for college and have been there ever since. The founders, — Chisom Ebinama, Kwadwo Nyarko, Perry Ogwuche and Tochukwu Okoro — who have a uniquely mix-and-match Nationality (3 from Nigeria and 1 from Ghana) and area of expertise (3 with background in Engineering and 1 in the field of Business) are based in San Mateo, California USA where they all met.

African Startups Are Defying The Global Tech Slowdown. BRCK Education By Lily Kuo | From Changing The African Conversation African startups may prove the exception to a slowdown in funding for tech companies around the world.Startups raised $27.3 billion globally, down from 30% from the previous quarter, according to the research firm CB Insights.

African Startups Are Defying The Global Tech Slowdown

Last year, startups on the African continent brought in more than $185.7 million, according to a report from Disrupt Africa. And Kenyan startups especially saw their best year in fundraising since 2010. Kenyan startups raised over $47.4 million last year, according to the publication.Companies from Kenya’s so-called “Silicon Savannah” like M-Kopa; a solar energy provider for rural areas, Bitpesa; a bitcoin trading platform, and Kopo Kopo; a merchant payment system, attracted the bulk of investor attention. Nigeria gets Africa's first football pitch lit by players.

By Afp Published: 11:14 GMT, 12 December 2015 | Updated: 11:14 GMT, 12 December 2015 Africa's first football pitch lit solely by the players' movements has been inaugurated in Lagos, the economic hub of power-starved Nigeria, at a ceremony attended by US-Senegalese rapper Akon.

Nigeria gets Africa's first football pitch lit by players

The technology, invented by a young British engineer, consists of placing electronic tiles under the artificial turf, which is converted into power by kinetic energy. Each time a player steps on a tile, seven watts of electricity are generated and sent to a battery. Rwanda: Meet the Brains Behind Rwanda's First Drones. By Moses Opobo At the 10th annual gorilla naming ceremony - Kwita Izina in Kinigi, Musanze in July 2014, one thing stood out: the presence of a drone camera hovering above the crowd and capturing images of events as they unfolded.

Rwanda: Meet the Brains Behind Rwanda's First Drones

As things were then, not many in the crowd even knew it was a drone camera, confessing they were witnessing the spectacle for the very first time. So the simple conclusion was that it was a "small helicopter" flying overhead for God-knows-what-reason. We were to later learn that this was actually an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or simply "drone", hauled in by a Nigerian TV crew to capture superior aerial images from the ceremony. Needless to say, it was the most talked-about thing at that year's gorilla naming ceremony. Demystifying the drone. 6 Ways Africa Is Ahead For Women In Aviation. Fly Blue Crane CEO Siza Mzimla with crew members Sherine Tlhapane and Jane Habib.

6 Ways Africa Is Ahead For Women In Aviation

Photo: Globally, there wasn’t much progress in 2015 for women in aviation. Men still occupy the industry’s top levels, RoadWarriorVoices reports. One bright spot is Africa, where a woman just launched her own airline, and several organizations across the continent are helping women to become entrepreneurs and experts in the industry, according to Road Warrior. 5 African e-courier startups to watch. Last mile logistics and delivery are the bane of many a business across Africa.

5 African e-courier startups to watch

And so in true form, the continent’s tech entrepreneurs are solving the problem, increasingly making courier and delivery services available at the touch of a finger. Here, Disrupt Africa highlights five African e-courier startups to watch. Nigerian e-commerce logistics startup Africa Courier Express (ACE) made headlines in February, securing the first investment – to the tune of US$850,000 – of pan-African payments company Interswitch’s new US$10 million ‘ePayment Growth Fund’. Launched by former Jumia Nigeria managing director (MD) Tunde Kehinde, ACE also raised funds from Africa Angels Network and Savannah Fund. ACE offers same day and next day delivery, real-time tracking of packages and pay-on delivery services to online and offline retail companies, consumer goods businesses, healthcare companies and banks across Nigeria.

BitPesa Continues to Expand Bitcoin in Africa Against All Odds. Executive Brief Empowerment.

BitPesa Continues to Expand Bitcoin in Africa Against All Odds

It is not a concept that many banks and national governments practice providing to their citizenry. You may get lip service to that effect, but the oppression, not the opportunity of the people is what usually takes place, at scale. Take Bitcoin in Africa, for example. Bitcoin is a natural fit, and could be a revolutionary technological change for the people of many African nations. Africa’s top science stories of first half of 2015 - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa. Our top stories of the first half of 2015 focussed on agriculture, environment and ICT, writes Bernard Appiah.

Africa’s top science stories of first half of 2015 - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa

As 2015 comes to an end, we highlight science articles published by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English regional edition that were most popular with our audiences by the end of June. Many top stories had agricultural ‘flavour’, which attests to the huge impact of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, but other stories that many readers viewed included those relating to environment, information and communication technology (ICT), research and development (R&D), education and funding. Boost for staple crops Staple crops such as rice, bananas and root and tubers including cassava and potatoes received a major boost.

For instance, one of our first stories of 2015 described a partnership for developing rice. Tunisia Becomes First Nation To Put Nation’s Currency on a Blockchain. Banks and private industry have gone hog-wild for blockchain technology, now that they understand what all the Bitcoin fuss is about.

Tunisia Becomes First Nation To Put Nation’s Currency on a Blockchain

It only took them six years to catch on. Now, nation-states are catching onto the benefits of the Blockchain, at an even faster pace, starting with Africa’s Tunisia. Tunisia has just agreed to become the first nation to offer its national currency for transmittance through cryptographic technology. Nestled on the northern African coast between Libya to the east and Algeria to the west, south of the Mediterranean Sea and Italy, Tunisia supports over 10 million citizens. Senegalese Invents Mobile Software that helps prevent bus fare fraud.

Can a New Mapping Tool Protect Indigenous Land Rights? European nations looking to slow the flood of migrants washing into their countries are considering an array of potential legal roadblocks. Slovenia has decided to build literal ones. Prime Minister Miro Cerar announced Tuesday that his government planned to implement “temporary technical obstacles” on its border with Croatia to make it harder for asylum-seekers to pass through the Balkans en route to other destinations in Europe. “These obstacles, including fences if needed, will have the objective of directing migrants towards the border crossings,” Cerar told reporters in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana Tuesday. “We are not closing our borders.” According to Cerar, the sheer number of refugees pushing their way into the country could spark a humanitarian disaster. Many of those passing through the Balkan peninsula have no intention of staying and are instead heading toward Germany, where officials expect to receive at least 800,000 asylum applications this year.

Les 100 qui ont fait bouger l’Afrique en 2015 (liste) La liste des 100 personnalités qui ont marqué l’Afrique en 2015 porte l’estampille de notre rédaction, des analystes et des consultants qui se sont relayés sur ces colonnes tout le long de l’année pour décrypter l’actualité. Nos choix se sont basés tout d’abord sur les critères de dynamisme et non la fortune, la valeur ajoutée apportée et non la taille du projet ou de l’entreprise. Les opérateurs qui développent des projets transfrontaliers, du public ou du privé, ont été privilégiés.

Scientists combine coal waste and algae to create a new super-clean fuel. Scientists have discovered a new, clean-burning fuel made from unlikely ingredients: coal dust and algae. Coalgae is easy to produce, low in cost, burns without smoke, and researchers believe it can be make a major dent in crude oil imports. It also provides a market for reusing the 50-million to 60-million tonnes of coal dust produced annually as a byproduct of the coal mining industry. Smartphones help Tanzanian women secure land rights. UA grad student hopes to use phone tech for water tests. It’s not uncommon to see a Tanzanian man herding cattle and jabbering into a cellphone, Katie McCracken says. During her year of volunteering with the Peace Corps in the African country, McCracken, 24, learned that even if computer access does not exist, cellphones — and, increasingly, smartphones — are everywhere.

That observation, and several others, has influenced her lab work back at the University of Arizona in water resources engineering. Mobile Phone Data Used to Predict Poverty in Rwanda. Anonymized data generated by mobile phones has been used by researchers to show how wealthy or poor people are. Personal information that mobile devices gather such as a person’s location often gets anonymized by stripping it of names, home addresses, phone numbers, and other obvious identifying details. Such metadata often get shared, and underlies popular services such as Google’s real-time monitoring of road traffic. Scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed data from billions of phone calls and text messages from 1.5 million subscribers to Rwanda’s largest mobile phone network. Nigerien, Malian Soldiers Aid U.S. Army's Translation Tech.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army is testing and upgrading a language-translation program by training with African soldiers, officials said. Recording foreign Soldiers' speech and providing the data to Army researchers is key to improving the technology, said Maj. Eddie Strimel and Bill Bergen, the Field Assistance in Science and Technology, or FAST, advisors assigned to U.S. Africa Closer to a Cure for Banana Disease. Africa, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Editors' Choice, Featured, Food & Agriculture, Headlines, Poverty & SDGs, TerraViva United Nations A farmer showing a banana affected by the Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) whose signs include premature ripening of the bunch and rotting of the fruit. Blockchain Smart Meters: Solution to Africa’s Utility Crisis and Struggling Schools? Africa Poised to Storm the World as Bitcoin Spreads. Africa: Elsevier Plans African Open Access Journal.

An open access journal for African research could be launched next year, with science publisher Elsevier teaming up with several African organisations to plan its creation, SciDev.Net can reveal. Africa: Boost African Science With This Five-Point Plan. Tanzania: Students Bring Drone Technology to Farmers. Outsourcing informatique : cap vers l’Afrique. L’émergence d’une nouvelle génération de développeurs talentueux sur le continent africain devrait permettre de rebattre les cartes de l’outsourcing informatique. Le marché de l’offshore en informatique offre de formidables opportunités de travail pour les pays dits en développement et notamment en Afrique.

Africa: Introducing MessageLoud, a Service to Eliminate Distracted Driving. Girls’ education in Africa boosted by pioneering alert technology. Camfed, the campaign for female education in Africa, needs to know when one of its sponsored pupils fails to attend school. Thanks to its pioneering deployment of technology, teachers are able to report an absence immediately. An Uber for dirty laundry - and other apps changing Uganda.

Cheap, waterless toilet heads for African trial. Leading Innovators: The world's top 10 most innovative companies of 2015 in Africa - Innovation. How Big Data, Logistics Are Helping Fight Infant HIV in Africa. Africa: Scientists Slip Infertility Gene Into Malaria Mosquito. Indications géographiques en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre. Designing the future of urban Africa. African food: The next gastronomic trend? Meet South Africa's youngest millionaire only at 23. Africans can now charge mobile phones using mud. Mobile app that checks credit worthiness. Les inventeurs Marocains célèbrent l’Innovation. How this 22-year-old aims to shake up online shopping in Cameroon.

Le top 50 des centres de recherche africains selon Webometrics. That Forbes rich list: If you want to be an African billionaire, this is what you should NOT do. Africa: U.S. Legal Loop-Hole Creates a Business Model for Zenoradio's Phone-Up Radio Service in Africa and Elsewhere. Algeria: Two Space Observatories to Be Built in Algeria to Boost Scientific Research. Africa gets Crowdfunding Association. 13 African Tech Companies to Watch. TAS2015 - Digital transition - modelling attractive investment opportunities - 20 October 2015. African taxi drivers innovation to beat Apps like Uber. Startup Fuels Africa’s Mobile-Payment Boom.

This app is changing the way Tanzania reads the news. Révolution du shopping ethnique aux Etats-Unis. 10 of Africa's most innovative apps of 2015 you should know about. Bitcoin in Africa: is anyone interested? Quand les banquiers révolutionnent la banque pour le développement. Africa: Famine Forecasts On a Smartphone? There's an App for That. Africa: Improved Web Tool for Better Estimates of Forest Biomass and Carbon Stocks. Ethiopian Airlines Makes History & Empowers Women With All-Female Operated Flights. Paytoo introduces biometric enabled payment services. Nomanini and Snapscan nominated in Africa's best fintech solutions awards. Ingenuity at its best: The world's first raffia car, handwoven by a Nigerian. Solarama : la start-up qui veut convertir le Maroc aux cuiseurs solaires. Perfect Picture: Data on investments, job creation in Africa’s startup scenes - SME - Pulse. African accelerators see the potential in e-health startups.

12 of Africa's brightest young entrepreneurs. East Africa: A Top Entrepreneur Envisions a Cashless Economy in Rwanda - MIP MBA Bites Into Food Start-Up Venture In Africa. We Are Building World’s Largest Refinery – Dangote. Madagascar: Erick Rajaonary et son engrais révolutionnaire. Erick Rajaonary, Entrepreneur, Madagascar. Interesting Business: How Madagascar is making so much money out of bat poop - Pulse. Using muzzle photographs to identify cattle. Healthcare: African accelerators see the potential in e-health startups - Healthcare - Pulse. Dangote Cement Transforming Nigeria Into An Export Nation. Nigerian company develops solar-powered outdoor fridges to help farmers. BMW will use manure to power South Africa plant. How Nestlé Is Turning South Africa's Traditional Leafy Greens To Gold.

Africa: Connectivity - Mobile Operators Push for U.S.$20 3G Enabled Smartphone - DHL Launches Free Workshops for Africa’s SMEs. Think you can't live without plastic bags? Consider this: Rwanda did it. With bitcoin use on the rise, African countries eye regulations. Forbes Welcome. In Africa, to secure a loan you now hand over your phone for a high tech financial health check.

13 Most Innovative Countries In Africa. Entrepreneurial Plans Highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. 200 African entrepreneurs to launch businesses with Microsoft support. A Solar Phone Charger Will Power Business in Africa. Africa: Dangote Cement Named Africa's Business of the Year - Facebook founder calls for universal Internet to help cure global ills.

Scottish scientists improving yam resilience in Africa. Network of 'droneports' proposed to supply Africa. Made in Uganda: an app that detects vaginal bacteria. Dangote shrugs off slump with new plants, mines in Africa. Initiatives launched to drive R&D in Africa - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa. Platform seeks to facilitate investment into African consumer goods SMEs. Bethelhem Tilanu Alemu, women entrepreneur. Africa's emerging women entrepreneurs. This new technology converts sea water into drinking water in minutes. A Addis Abeba, un nouvel incubateur pour les geeks éthiopiens.