Orange opens new Digital center in Senegal

Orange

In Dakar, Senegal, Orange has inaugurated its new concept of a place entirely dedicated to innovation, an “Orange Digital Center”. Several personalities attended the launch, including: Ms Ndèye Tické Ndiaye Diop, Minister for the Digital Economy and Telecommunications; Mr Dame Diop, Minister for Employment, Professional Training and Craftsmanship; Mr Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Africa and Middle-East; Ms Christine Albanel, Head of CSR, Diversity, Partnerships and Philanthropy for Orange, Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation and former Minister; and Mr Sékou Dramé, CEO of Sonatel. Following on from Tunisia, Senegal will…

CEO Today Africa Awards DotConnectAfrica Group with an Esteemed Meritorious Award for Extraordinary Achievement in “Best Digital Education”

CEO Today Africa Award

CEO Today Africa Awards DotConnectAfrica Group with an Esteemed Meritorious Award for Extraordinary Achievement in “Best Digital Education”. CEO Today Africa Awards DotConnectAfrica Group with an Esteemed Meritorious Award for Extraordinary Achievement in “Best Digital Education in Africa”  The CEO Today features organizations and their CEOs in Africa and across the globe that are doing extraordinary work in different industries.  According to the DCA press release, The DCA Academy’s objective is to advance education in information technology in African society with a vision of building a world of well digitally…

African Fintechs collaborate to interlink mobile money and digital assets

The African Seychelles-based Securities, Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (SECDEX), and KOINON, the global Digital Coin and Token based payment platform, are pleased to announce a collaboration. The collaboration will foster the intersection of African B2C and B2B payments and dynamic asset conversion between fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies and a broader range of digital assets. This initiative comes at a key time in the mobile payments industry growth. As evidenced by Mastercard’s recent $100million investment in Africa’s Airtel which focuses on mobile payments and financial inclusion. latest partnership combines KOINON’s cryptocurrency digital…

AI revolutionizes the contact center in Africa

AI

The contact centre is changing. In the past, call centre agents had to process a large volume of standard calls, really quickly But with the deployment of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA) these agents no longer have to carry out incredibly repetitive tasks and can rather focus their attention on tackling more complex customer concerns. For call agents, RPA makes it possible to complete simple tasks across back-end systems, which reduces the amount of time spent on admin, says Adriaan van Staden, senior sales…

Coding centers launched in Africa

Coding

The African Development Bank has launched a digital tool to help African youth learn coding.The goal is to scale up the program to 130 centers of excellence across the African continent over a 10-year period. The African Development Bank and technology firm Microsoft launched the ‘Coding for Employment’ digital training platform, an online tool to provide digital skills to African youth, wherever they are across the continent. The platform, launched at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, aims to promote a continuous learning culture among young…

Digital now makes up 51% of US advertizing spending – Magna Report

Voice App

Magna released a bullish assessment and forecast for US ad revenue in 2018 and 2019. The report covers all the major advertising and media categories including both digital and traditional media. Ad sales up, especially digital. Magna says that “net advertising sales” will grow by 6.9 percent this year to reach $207 billion, which is “a new all-time high.” And, for the first time, digital ad revenues surpassed 50 percent of total ad spending in the US. The company said that digital ad revenue in 2018 will reach $106 billion,…

Miss.Africa Digital Announces the 2018 $7,000 Seed Fund Winners, Kumasi Hive scoops top prize

Kumasi Hive from Ghana wins the 2018 5,000 USD Grand Prize while, CRNS Tunisia and Eco-Sol Consulting (Full STEM Ahead!) Seychelles will take home the Second category prize of 1,000 USD.

The Pan-African trust program of DotConnectAfrica (DCA) has released the winners of the 2018 Miss.Africa Digital Seed Funding for STEM Programs. The seed fund program is now in its third year Kumasi Hive from Ghana won the 2018 5,000 USD Grand Prize while, INTELLECT-Team at Laboratory of Technologies for Smart Systems (CRNS) Tunisia and Eco-Sol Consulting (Full STEM Ahead!) Seychelles will take home the Second category prize of 1,000 USD. Sophia Bekele, Founder & CEO of DotConnectAfrica Group, and the champion behind Miss.Africa Digital Program complimented the winners saying —…

Q&A: Leti Arts bringing authentic Africa to the world through games & digital comics

Leti Arts

Caption: (inset) Leti Arts Co-founders, Eyram Tawia (Ghana) and Wesley Kirinya (Kenya) Africa is at the verge of global stardom, with the latest box office stunner movie featuring African superheroes in their fictional Kingdom of Wakanda. There is no doubt that Africa is starting to create its own imagery and endearing the world. It is through such that companies like Let Arts are focusing on. The IBCA caught up with Leti Arts to find out just what the founders are working on to bring an authentic Africa to a worldwide…

Geneva: Miss.Africa Digital Program Named Finalist in the ITU/UN 2017 EQUALSinTech Awards

ITU and UN Women this week in Geneva, Switzerland announced the Miss.Africa Digital program as one of 15 Finalists and the Winners for the prestigious 2017 EQUALS in Tech Awards. As the flagship event of the EQUALS global network partnership, the annual award event is designed to showcase how ICTs can be used to dramatically improve social, political and economic outcomes for women and girls – and the value that women and girls bring to the technology sectors. This year, there were 293 participants from 72 countries for the EQUALS…

Twitter expands access to its experimental Status feature but not to its paid subscribers

  Twitter expands access to its experimental Status feature but not to its paid subscriber Twitter’s throwback feature,  is today expanding its list of potential status updates to choose from, in a continuation of tests that began this July. The status feature, which is something of a cross between MySpace moods and a Facebook status, allows users to tag posts with an additional expression beyond the tweet itself like “shower thoughts,” “spoiler alert” or “picture of the day.” Other new status options now available include ‘Breaking news’, ‘Games’, ‘Pet of…