The East Africa Climate Innovation Network: accelerating climate technology innovation in East Africa

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East Africans have a unique opportunity to harness the vast innovation and business opportunities in the climate change and clean technology sectors, through the East Africa Climate Innovation Network (EACIN) Read more

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Engaging Kenya’s youth through a tablet computer

Source: InfoDev

eLimu, an iHub incubated company, is helping change the face of education in Kenya. The company is providing a gateway through which students can access new and innovative ways to learn using a tablet computer.

The eLimu tablet seeks to change the way Kenyans think about education, by making learning interactive and enjoyable for its primary school students.  What’s unique about this tablet is the focus on creating powerful content versus a technologically advanced device, with applications for students to harness their creativity, including: animations, songs, games, videos, and quizzes. The tablet was designed to enhance Kenya’s national curriculum, and most notably, uses culturally relevant themes to relate to students, for example, an app that helps children add and subtract using local snacks. Read more

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In the spotlight: CTIC Dakar

Only two years after its inception in April 2011, CTIC Dakar has become a major player in the West African startup scene. With 11 companies in its incubation program and 10 startups in its accelerator program (BuntuTEKI), the CTIC team is helping make Senegal a rising African powerhouse and bolstering IT and mobile companies throughout West Africa.
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Registration open for the 5th Global Forum

In partnership with South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, we are excited to begin accepting registrations for our 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship in East London, South Africa on May 28-30, 2013. The Forum’s sessions will tackle inclusive innovation, women’s entrepreneurship, mobile solutions, and more.
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East African virtual incubation pilot to launch in Nairobi, Kenya

On January 25, tech entrepreneurs in rural east Africa will have access to next-tier business incubation through a new pilot program by infoDev and a consortium of regional partners. The pilot will bring virtual incubation services to rural communities in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
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Mobile phone use vital for the poor

With 6 billion mobile phones around the world, of which 75% in developing countries, telephones reach most corners of the African continent. Mobile phones have improved the lives of the poor. Two new infoDev-led studies, focusing on South Africa and Kenya, provide insights on how useful mobile phones are for economic and social empowerment of people living of less than $2.50 a day. Read more

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