World

UNIDO and Japan to power African innovation

On the sidelines of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD7) held in Yokohama Aug.28-30, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) explored opportunities to further promote African innovations. The event, which was attended by representatives of the public and private sector, international organizations and academia discussed among others renewable energy mini-grid systems, … Continue reading UNIDO and Japan to power African innovation

Education

SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES ARE INNOVATING WITH IOT

The urgency to upskill budding entrepreneurs, businesses and youth to accommodate the wave of change brought about by Industry 4.0 is continuously accelerating in Africa. With innovation comes the need for economies to adapt and embrace the disruption. Through programmes such as SqwidNet’s IoT SA University Challenge, this is already happening. At the core of any thriving society lies the power, will and ambition to innovate … Continue reading SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES ARE INNOVATING WITH IOT

AGRICULTURE: INNOVATION RUSH AIMS TO HELP FARMERS, RICH AND POOR, BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE

In decades to come, African farmers may pool their money to buy small robot vehicles to weed their fields or drones that can hover to squirt a few drops of pesticide only where needed. Researchers also are trying to train crops like maize and wheat to produce their own nitrogen fertiliser from the air – a trick soybeans and other legumes use – and exploring … Continue reading AGRICULTURE: INNOVATION RUSH AIMS TO HELP FARMERS, RICH AND POOR, BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Africa’s Tech Challenges Open Opportunities for Innovation

Verraki Partners, a business and technology solutions firm recently launched in Lagos, has reiterated the call for indigenous companies to see the continent’s hurdles as opportunities to innovate and take advantage of the gaps to create unique local solutions. Verraki’s Managing Partner, Mr. Niyi Yusuf, who made the call, asserted that the current limitations provide unique testing grounds to build solutions fit-for-purpose for Nigeria and … Continue reading Africa’s Tech Challenges Open Opportunities for Innovation