Inside Iyin Aboyeji’s plan to build charter cities for African tech

Article by Tage Kene-Okafor on techcrunch.com. Photo credit: Talent City.

“After helping build two unicorns and starting a VC fund, Aboyeji wants to create charter cities in Africa. But what are the odds of it working? African cities, particularly sub-Saharan ones, have the fastest global urban growth rate. But with challenges around overcrowding, congestion, infrastructure, power and poor governance, these cities are maxed out in what they can provide to the average African living in urban environments…”

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Rescuing the Languages that Western Tech Ignores

Article by Associated Press on voanews.com. Photo credit: Associated Press.

“Computers have become amazingly precise at translating spoken words to text messages and scouring huge troves of information for answers to complex questions. At least, that is, so long as you speak English or another of the world’s dominant languages…”

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CarpeDM, Dating App For Black Women, Offers Background Checks

Article by Samantha Dorisca on afrotech.com. Photo credit: VioletaStoimenova)

“Sliding in the DM just got a lot safer as CarpeDM — an online dating app exclusive to Black women — has partnered with KarmaCheck to incorporate 100 percent background checks for its members on the dating platform….”

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Solar desalination device will provide clean water to 400,000 Kenyans

(Article by Amit Malewar on inceptivemind.com. Photo credit: Solar Water Solutions)

“Converting seawater into safe drinking water at a large scale takes an enormous amount of energy, which makes it a costly and polluting process. Now, a Dutch-based blended finance manager Climate Fund Managers (CFM), and Solar Water Solutions are working together to develop the installation of up to 200 desalination units in Kitui County, Kenya. The project eventually aims to provide clean water made of brackish groundwater for 400,000 Kenyans by 2023….”

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Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute to Open its First Real-Time Earth Ground Station in Africa

(Press release from ViaSat. Photo Credit: GSSTI)

“Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced the launch of its first Real-Time Earth (RTE) facility in Africa, located in Accra, Ghana. Viasat worked in partnership with the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI)… focused on coordinating all space, science, technology and related activities in Ghana, to bring new space opportunities and jobs to the region, while expanding Viasat’s ability to deliver critical earth observation and remote sensing data on-demand around the world….”

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Mayor Eric Adams Is Turning New York Into A Crypto Hub

(Article by Ngozi Nwanji on afrotech.com. Photo credit: Spencer Platt)

“Mayor-Elect Eric Adams can officially cross his goal for New York City to have its own cryptocurrency off his list of goals. On Nov. 10, NYCCoin mining will be activated by CityCoins, a non-profit and open-source protocol that allows investors to support their cities by expanding their crypto treasury while earning for themselves, according to the outlet. Anyone can compete to mine NYCCoin and when digital coins are purchased or mined, 30 percent of its reward goes to the city…”

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Africa’s smart classroom market set to grow to $7.1bn by 2027

(Article by Deepthi Nair on thenationalnews.com. Photo: shutterstock.com)

“Over 400 EdTech companies participating at education conference GESS Dubai aim to leverage demand for digital learning… The Middle East and Africa’s education technology and smart classroom market is estimated to grow to Dh26 billion ($7.1bn) by 2027 as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerates the shift to digital education, according to a new report….”

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2021 Africa Tech Festival Explores Where Trees And Technology Meet

(Article posted on africa.com.)

“Africa’s New Deal? What does a sustainable Green ICT future look like and what will it take to make it happen…

“With Africa becoming a hotbed of activity for a host of data-centric organisations, and with the increasing reliance on Information Communications Technology (ICT) to run our daily lives, consideration as to how to power this technological revolution and its impact, is becoming an imperative – the world over. But it is the impact on the African continent that will be addressed at this year’s virtual Africa Tech Festival (featuring AfricaCom and AfricaTech) happening 08 – 12 November 2021…”

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Student Cracks the High-Dimensional Quantum Code – Reveals Hidden Structures of Quantum Entangled States

(Article by University of the Witwatersrand on scitechdaily.com. Photo Credit: University of Witwatersrand)

“A new and fast tool for quantum computing and communication… Isaac Nape, an emerging South African talent in the study of quantum optics, is part of a crack team of Wits physicists who led an international study that revealed the hidden structures of quantum entangled states. The study was published in the renowned scientific journal, Nature Communications. Nape is pursuing his PhD at Wits University and focuses on harnessing structured patterns of light for high dimensional information encoding and decoding for use in quantum communication.”

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Chipper Cash Gets $2B Valuation After $150M Raised In Series C Extension

(Article by Bernadette Giacomazzo on afrotech.com. Photo Credit: Chipper Cash)

“Chipper Cash, an African cross-border payments company, has announced its new $2 billion valuation after its recent Series C extension. According to NairaMetrics, this new Series C extension raised an additional $150 million for the company. The funding was led by Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency exchange platform FTX. SVB Capital, as well as other previous investors such as Deciens Capital, Ribbit Capital, Bezos Expeditions (owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos), One Way Ventures, and Tribe Capital, reinvested in this extension round…”

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