Welcome to August!
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Let’s start this first August #PKTechWeekly with
Watch this video on YouTube for more details.
I am really happy about this platform and will try to get an interview from Mr. Mugerwa Green to deeply understand how it works and report back here. You can leave questions to Green in the comment section, so that when I get an interview with him, yours are presented too.
Airtees Wall of Fame
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and be among the 10 lucky winners who will win 3,200,000 every week. The catch is you have to share trending Airtel posts, mention Airtel, and use their promoted hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to score points.
To participate, click on this.
While at it
NITA-U is seeking for a partner.
NITA-U requires the services of a partner to manage and transform the IAC into a Government IT Centre of Excellence.
Please find more details about this on their website here.
Did you know that
Orange Drives Digital Transformation in the Middle East and Africa with New Innovations in Smart Metering, Solar Power, NFC and Customer Experience?
These guys are on a roll!
They have earned 19 million customers (+36% year on year) and one billion euros of transactions in one month, according to press release. Orange has recorded around 50% growth in revenue in the first half 2016 compared to first half 2015.
It has also completed the acquisition of mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone.
They are to reported to launch smart metering in Tunisia to help utility companies reduce the cost of reading meters and the risk of fraud or billing errors.
They have branded smartphones driving data usage and roaming around the world, and launched new 4G smartphone, the Orange Rise 51 alongside their new Orange customer value proposition for travellers within the MEA region and some European destinations.
Orange has a Rural Electrification Programme, the first domestic solar-energy trial for consumers to generate electricity in rural Africa. It is to be piloted first in the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Cameroon from November 2016, Orange is providing solar kits or micro-grids to rural communities to harness the power of the sun and generate electricity.
Starting in Mali, Guinea and the Ivory Coast this month, NFC Coins in effect ‘digitises’ coins to provide an easy, quick and secure way to get change from any merchant. NFC Coins is a contactless solution to top up any Orange customer with airtime without disclosing the phone number, and solves the issue of a lack of change and coins in Africa. Once an Orange customer sticks an NFC tag on their mobile, the merchant returns change to them in the form of airtime credit instantaneously.
And finally Orange APIs supports the African Digital Ecosystem and they have also developed their own USSD based app store through which service providers can deliver mobile services to any type of phone. Orange end customers can access it to find all kinds of content on all topics provided by partners.
Told you they are on a roll of innovation developments. While in Kenya
Safaricom Dropped Roaming Charges by 99%.
Following successful negotiations with its global network of partners, Safaricom reduced roaming charges for calls and data by up to 99 per cent for over 200 networks across the world.
Safaricom customers will be able to enjoy reduced data roaming rates at the rate of KSh14 per MB in over 52 countries, as well as make calls at reduced rates. Read more here.
This looks like a promise for an increase in online shopping and
Jumia, our African Company was Named in World’s Top 50 Smartest Companies.
Jumia Group has been named as the only Africa-focused company to make the World’s Top 50 Smartest Companies list (2016), published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The announcement comes shortly after Jumia Group (formerly known as Africa Internet Group) earned the impressive title of ‘Africa’s First Unicorn’.
MIT Smartest Companies was first published in 2010 under the title, Most Innovative Companies. This year’s list mainly spread between Biotech, Computing & Telecommunication, Transportation and Internet & Digital Media.
But according to Daniel Mwesigwa;
Despite Rebranding To JUMIA, Rocket Internet’s Afrikan Investments May Be Suffering From A Failure To Launch
Click on subtitle to find out what he means.
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Is on this month Starting on Monday 29th August to Friday 23rd September 2016 at Outbox and will run a 4 week bootcamp on Web development , focusing on Programming Foundations with Python, developed from an online course with Udacity. This will be coupled with Django web framework. Click on the subtitle to register and learn more.
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