Tag: Africa

Start Ups

Watch every panel and session from Startup Battlefield Africa 2017

 On October 11, TechCrunch and Facebook hosted Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The Startup Battlefield pitch-off competition featured startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders served as judges to pick the winners in each category as well as an overall…

Start Ups

Andela rakes in $40 million to connect tech companies with more African engineers

Andela got some major attention just over a year ago, when the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative led a $24 million investment in the startup that connects African tech talent with top companies.  Now, Andela’s secured a second major investment. The startup raised $40 million in a Series C round led by the pan-African venture firm CRE…

Science

DNA Evidence Reveals True Identity of Elusive Bird Species 

Ornithologist Wulf Gatter spent six days a week observing birds in the forest of Liberia, the West African country. He spotted one seen nowhere else, a medium-sized yellow songbird, on nine occasions during the county’s annual dry season lasting from November to February. It looked quite similar to another species,… Read more…

Tech

How one software engineer is using an app to fight hunger in Nigeria

Growing up having experienced the struggles of hunger firsthand, Oscar Ekponimo made it his life’s mission to use his talents to help others without food. Now a software engineer living in Abuja, Ekponimo developed Chowberry — an innovative web app working to provide affordable nutrition to millions of Nigerians who are malnourished and suffering from…

Mobile

Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages, reaching further into Africa, India

 Google today is expanding its speech recognition capabilities to support dozens of new languages, particularly those in emerging markets in India and Africa, the company announced this morning. That means more people around the world will gain the ability to search the web by voice as well as type via voice using Google’s keyboard app,…

Science

Incredible Discovery Pushes Back Origin of Homo Sapiens By 100,000 Years

The remains of five early Homo sapiens have been unearthed at a site in northwest Africa. At around 300,000 years old, the fossils are a whopping 100,000 years older than the previous record, pushing back the origin of our species by a significant margin. And because the fossils were uncovered in Morocco—far from the… Read…

Cloud

Microsoft beats Google and Amazon to announce first African data centers, kicking off in 2018

Microsoft has announced a milestone moment for its cloud aspirations with the news that it’s launching its very first data centers in Africa. Arriving in 2018, Microsoft will operate its range of cloud services including Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, from data centers located in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The one overarching benefit of…