Kenya: Bringing connectivity to rural areas using Loon internet-delivering balloons

Google's sister-company Loon is  partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to rural areas of the country. Loon is to bring 4G internet access to parts of the country using high-altitude balloons. Solving the internet accessibility issue "The goal with the Kenyan deployment is to improve connectivity for large swaths of the country not currently…

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Uganda: 24 year old Brian Gitta developed a bloodless malaria test called Matibabu

The $33,000 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation has been awarded to a 24-year old Ugandan engineer for his invention of a bloodless malaria test: Matibabu (meaning ‘treatment’ in Swahilo). Malaria infects some 300 million to 600 million every year around the world, according to Unicef, and Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for 90% of the world’s 580,000 annual malaria deaths.…

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Ghana: Scientists have designed beads to help diagnosis pneumonia

Ghanaian scientists at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, have designed beads to educate mothers to accurately monitor children’s respiratory rates to detect early stages of pneumonia. According to Unicef, pneumonia accounts for approximately 2 400 deaths per day in children younger than five years old. WHO estimates that in 2015 pneumonia…

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NG_Hub in Lagos: Facebook’s first hub space in Africa

Facebook recently unveiled NG_Hub, Lagos, Nigeria – its first hub space in Africa, in partnership with CcHub. The hub space aims to bring together communities to collaborate, learn, and exchange ideas. The American tech company wants to deepen its commitment and investment foothold in Africa. It also announced partnerships with seven other hubs across Nigeria, including…

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Flying Car Infrastructure will be coming to Kenya

McFly.aero, a blockchain marketplace for urban air taxi, has started establishing infrastructure for flying cars in 23 cities across 13 countries such as Kenya, France, US, Ukraine, Russia, Sapin, Mexico, Nigeria, Japan, and Australia. Nairobi has been identified as one of the launch cities for an ambitious flying cars plan. In these cities, the McFly community…

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WhatsApp calls without internet: an invention by Rwandan student Deodate Mugenzi

Rwandan student Deodate Mugenzi has developed a network prototype that will enable WhatsApp users to make internal and international calls without the internet.  The 26-years-old Mugenzi is a third-year student pursuing Information and Communication Technology at Polytechnic Regional Centre in Kigali Rwanda. The idea generation began in 2017, and with his laptop and library books on…

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