Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk (R) discusses a vision of cars being lowered into tunnels to travel efficiently and eliminate traffic congestion with curator Chris Anderson (L) at a TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada, April 28, 2017. Glenn CHAPMAN / AFP

Elon Musk paused while chatting about his series of potentially world-changing endeavors to say he isn’t in it to provide salvation.

It was during a talk on Friday at a prestigious TED Conference in Vancouver, where the tech entrepreneur was discussing his ventures building electric cars and trucks, rockets, a newly launched tunnel-boring company and even dabbling with super-fast mass transit.

“I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior,” Musk said while discussing colonizing Mars and other dreams. “I am just trying to think about the future and not be sad.”

“You’ll tell me if it ever starts getting genuinely insane, right?” the Silicon Valley star known for turning his passions into visionary enterprises added playfully.

Musk went on to tease the audience with a photo of a self-driving truck that his company Tesla Motors is adding to its line of electric cars.

Describing the vehicle as powerful enough to tow a regular big rig up a hill, he said it would handle like a sports car.

“When I was driving the test prototype for the first truck, it was really weird,” he said. “I thought, ‘This is crazy!’ driving this large truck and it’s doing these amazing maneuvers.”

Racing a snail
A founder of the PayPal online payment system as well as Tesla and SpaceX — the maker and launcher of rockets and spacecraft — Musk is also working on building tunnels more efficiently at his aptly named Boring company.

Describing traffic jams as “soul-crushing,” he said they could be eliminated by building multi-level tunnel networks for cars.

His company is already trying to bore tunnels under Los Angeles, he said.

The Boring company has a pet snail named Gary that inches along far faster than the current machines used to create tunnels, he added.

His machines would build small-bore tunnels “faster than Gary,” in what he said would be a major, cost-saving advance.

A concept video illustrated how cars might someday drive from streets onto sleds lowered into tunnels and be whisked on their way.

Musk also described dabbling with an ultra-fast rail transport system known as Hyperloop that he detailed in a paper several years ago, inviting entrepreneurs to make it real.

In his vision, Hyperloop pods would zip along vacuum-sealed tubes in tunnels that could conceivably be built by the Boring company.

But Musk devotes only two or three percent of his time to the Boring company, he said, calling it more of a hobby — and boasting that it is nevertheless making good progress.

– Wary of flying cars –
Although he also admires flying innovations — witnessed by his SpaceX endeavors — Musk isn’t keen on the idea of cars in the sky.

“If there were a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that’s not an anxiety-reducing situation,” he quipped.

“You’re thinking, ‘Did they service their hub cap, or is it going to come off and guillotine me?'”

Speaking tech to power
Musk depicted a not-to-distant future in which solar roof tiles generate electricity in homes and people share self-driving electric cars.

With his first lithium battery Gigafactory ramping production in the United States, he revealed that he would announce plans later this year for as many as four more facilities “to address the global market.”

Musk also shrugged off criticism for agreeing to take part in advisory councils to US President Donald Trump.

They meet approximately once a month and essentially consist of going around a room asking opinions.

“I have used them thus far to argue in favor of immigration and in favor of (addressing) climate change,” he said.

“That wasn’t on the agenda before,” he added. “Maybe nothing will happen, but at least the words were said.”

One of Musk’s latest big ideas is to send space tourists on trips around the moon.

“There have to be reasons you get up in the morning and want to live,” he said of pursuing big dreams such as space exploration.

“If the future doesn’t include being out there in the stars, being a multi-planet species, that is incredibly depressing.”

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Africa has bright future in technology –  Eloise-Gras

Africa has bright future in technology – Eloise-Gras

Stephan Eloise Gras, Co-founder and CEO of Africa 4 Tech. A Post doctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities at Univerite Sorbonne Paris Cite Humanum Chair.

Stephan Eloise Gras is the Co-founder and CEO of Africa 4 Tech. A Post doctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities at Univerite Sorbonne Paris Cite Humanum Chair. She was a Visiting Fellow at New York University in 2013 and a Visiting Phd Student at Brown University in 2010. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology and Ethnomusicology from Universite Paris Sorbonne. Chargee de mission service culturel to France’s Ambassador to Argentina from 2007 to 2009.

After the Africa 4 Tech which held in Marrakech in Morocco from Wednesday, the 2nd to Friday the 4th of November 2016), just before the United Nations COP22 commenced, Stephan Eloise Gras, granted an interview with Dolapo Aina.

1. Do introduce yourself
My name is Stephan Eloise Gras and I am the CEO and co-founder of Africa 4 Tech.

2. What is Africa 4 Tech all about?
Africa 4 Tech is an international platform of talents that brings together innovators, corporate, academicians and scientists across the globe, around the digital innovation idea in Africa.

3. Why the interest in Africa? Why not Europe?
Because we think that the way innovation has evolved in the last decade, indicates that tomorrow’s model is Africa and to be more specific for innovation and digital innovation. Mobile money has raised a whole range of new uses and services. And what we call the African leapfrog (technological leap) is redefining completely our relationship with technology in all ramifications.

4. Since you have a huge interest in Africa, what are some of the innovations you have seen in Africa that people should take note of?
There are several innovations we have seen recently, coming out of mobile services in the energy sector. The most famous is M KOPA Solar, which is big on the international level. It indicates that what is happening is really a redefinition of all stake holders within one sector. To be more specific, some of the innovations I have seen in the energy sector are really impressive.

There is a start up called Sonar, which is doing urban panel solar lamps that can later on bring in a whole range of services from education to bills payment and it is called Pay As You Go Services. There are a lot of innovations happening. There is another start up called Pay Go Energy; it is to equivalent M KOPA in the gas sector. In the health sector, there is a start up called Gifted Mums that is doing amazing simple things. If you look at the simplicity of the mobile services emerging in Africa and responding to many fundamental needs, you would find different ideas and innovations. They are not the innovations that Westerners would be struck by because they are not as sophisticated. But from my perspective; it is responding to fundamental needs and they are much more disruptive.

For the next phase, we should be looking at what is happening in the education sector and what is on going in the mobility sector. That is the services that are associated with the necessity to be mobile in Africa (e.g. drones, car-search cataloguing and all the data being produced). I believe we have some amazing surprises in the education and mobility sectors too.

5. Why did Stephan Eloise Gras and her team organise the first edition of this ICT boot camp?
We wanted to do something totally different. We did not want to run an event but rather a sort of prototype of what tomorrow’s school could look like. A mobile campus with a lot of activities happening simultaneously. Everything horizontal and everybody sharing knowledge and bringing their own expertise and willing to share technical knowledge by solving concrete projects and concrete challenges. My idea was that we need to redefine the way we learn which is in line with what i said earlier on with regards the future of digital innovations being more frugal, responding to fundamental needs, responding to climate change and the constraints of climate change. And I think for that, we need to redefine the way we collaborate and the way we learn from each other. That is why we bring and would want to bring very different people from the corporate world, academic and start up worlds and make them come together and work on a mutual consent on what the problems are, by we suggesting what the problem could be and then giving them the methodology for working on it and finding a solution.

6. Would there be another boot camp?
I believe there would be many boot camps. We are thinking that what we want to provide by being a platform is not just creating our own new incubator (probably not now). But what we want to do is work with local eco-systems and bring the expertise and intelligence within the international platform. So, by bringing together and curating the right people and understating what the right problems are, we can actually help some local eco-systems and employ our knowledge and methodologies. So, there would be more boot camps in 2017 and it would begin right in the first quarter of 2017 with activities in the tech sector in South Africa and in Ivory Coast, there would be activities around mobilities and smart cities and the future of smart cities in Africa.

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IBM pay plan narrowly passes with 46% of investors opposed

IBM pay plan narrowly passes with 46% of investors opposed

Ginni Rometty /Photographer: David Becker/Bloomberg

IBM’s compensation plan for top executives drew record shareholder opposition after the board boosted Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty’s pay package more than 60 percent last year.

About 46 percent of the votes cast at the April 25 annual meeting in Tampa, Florida, went against the board’s pay plan for top bosses, according to a regulatory filing Friday. That’s IBM’s lowest result since votes were first mandated for public companies in 2011. While it isn’t binding, 30 percent opposition is generally considered the threshold for a losing vote and a result that should prompt directors to address shareholder concerns.

Investors including California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Florida’s State Board of Administration rejected the proposal that gave Rometty a $32.7 million pay package, her biggest since taking over the company in 2012. It came with a one-time grant of stock options that International Business Machines Corp. valued at $12.1 million. That might understate their value by perhaps 50 percent or more because of the way IBM values options, Bloomberg has reported.

The board “will review the results of this vote, as is its customary practice,” IBM said in an emailed statement. “The company will continue to align its compensation practices with the best interests of our shareholders, and balance those practices with the flexibility needed to attract and retain great leaders for this unique moment in the technology industry.”

The strike prices for Rometty’s premium options were “below the average three or five-year stock price levels, providing little corresponding benefit to long-term shareholders,” Jacob Williams, corporate governance manager at Florida’s State Board of Administration, said in an email. The premium stock options vest in 2019 if certain stock-price targets are met.

“Ongoing concerns are exacerbated by the increased magnitude of CEO pay,” proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. wrote in a report dated March 28, recommending clients vote against the board’s pay proposal. “The lack of disclosed performance targets under both the annual and long-term incentive programs is unusual and inhibits shareholders’ ability to assess the programs’ rigor.”

In a separate report, rival proxy firm Glass Lewis & Co. flagged IBM’s “repeated use” of one-time awards and Rometty’s “already high compensation levels” as reasons for concern, advising clients to cast votes against the pay program.

Low say-on-pay support levels are rare. On average, S&P 500 Index companies typically secure approval for executive pay plans from investors owning more than 90 percent of outstanding shares, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Since becoming CEO, Rometty has struggled to offset declining revenue from IBM’s older businesses with more recent efforts focused on cloud-related technologies and AI. The company’s shares have lagged both technology peers and the S&P 500.

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UNICEF links ICT to casualties reduction in emergencies

UNICEF links ICT to casualties reduction in emergencies

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Information Communications Technology (ICT) is a vital tool in disseminating information to reduce casualties in emergency situations in schools.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Information Communications Technology (ICT) is a vital tool in disseminating information to reduce casualties in emergency situations in schools..Dr. Judith Giwa-Amu, an Education Officer in the organisation, who stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, weekend, said the basis of any emergency preparedness and response in schools is informed by the level of preparation and planning that is adapted.

“The idea of planning is that you want to avoid disaster occurrence, we don’t even want to say if it occurs but want to do things that we can do to avoid it. When we are able to plan effectively to avoid it, we must communicate with those who are key stakeholders in terms of the school community, children, teachers and security.

“Now you know that children are in the jet age, ICT is the in-thing and every child has phone. This is called the `why’ generation.

The best way to reach these children is through the use of ICT related systems. In UNICEF, we have what we call U-report, it is a device that can be installed in phones or laptops, through this medium you can communicate emergency tools to a larger population in the country,’’ she said.

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Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across

Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 1, 2016 shows Costa Rican Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), posing for a portrait during the Mayors C40 Summit 2016 in Mexico City, on December 1, 2016. “We mortals do not understand you.” That’s the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust. OMAR TORRES / AFP

“We mortals do not understand you.” That’s the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust.

Figueres was giving one explanation of why scientists are struggling to get their message across to a sceptical public at a major conference in Vienna this week.

Delegates made time for soul-searching at the meeting in the Austrian capital, conceding that they bear part of the blame for alienating some people.

Just days after a historic March for Science in Washington, the experts owned up to failures including remoteness and condescension — and operating in an “echo chamber of likeminded people”.

“I think it’s the conceitedness, in a way,” said Heike Langenberg, chief editor of the journal Nature Geoscience.

“The problem is that scientists have not spoken at an even level with people who are out there,” she told AFP on the sidelines of a European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting of more than 14,000 experts in 22 fields.

“They have tended to give long speeches and not listen…. I think they have underestimated intelligence and overestimated knowledge.”

This has contributed to an erosion of support for science since a high point in the 1960s when humans planted a flag on the Moon.

Led by the United States, a trend has grown since then to challenge certain basic tenets that enjoy overwhelming expert consensus — the benefits of childhood vaccination, evidence for species evolution, and the perils of global warming.

One prominent doubter, Donald Trump, is now in the White House. He has described climate change as a hoax and linked childhood vaccines to autism.

Since taking office, Trump has moved to curb science spending and gag government researchers.

A 2012 study in the American Sociological Review reported a dramatic loss of scientific faith among US conservatives, from nearly 50 percent who reported a “great deal” of trust in 1974 to only 35 percent four decades later.

Liberal views have consistently hovered around the 50-percent mark.

– Jargon –
The “politicisation” of science is a major part of the problem, conference delegates said.

Not only do politicians cherrypick convenient findings, so creating the impression that research is partisan, but also some scientists have trespassed into what Langenberg described as the “public bazaar of opinions”.

Advancing any view or judgement is a no-no in the evidence-based research sphere, founded on the cardinal acceptance that nothing is ever certain.

The EGU meeting, which gathers annually to scrutinise the latest research in Earth and space science, this year atypically held an introspective debate entitled “Make facts great again: how can scientists stand up for science?”

The motivation was a clear trend of “growing distrust of experts (and) rejection of inconvenient facts,” said EGU president Jonathan Bamber, a glaciologist.

Communicating science effectively has never been more important, said delegates.

Diplomat Figueres made a plea on behalf of policy-makers.

“We are the ones who need to understand and take the implications of what you do and try to translate it into decisions, into policies,” she said. “And if we don’t understand there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Unlike the awe-inspiring Moon quest, many of today’s science problems tackle complex, controversial and unpleasant themes that touch on humanity’s very survival.

– Challenging power –
Some research fields threaten major economic interests — for example the coal and oil industries’ vulnerability to climate science showing a need to curb fossil fuel use, or that of soft drink manufacturers to health warnings about sugar.

“There’s huge economic interest at risk,” said Christine McEntee, executive director of the American Geophysical Union.

This can cause vested interests to “speak out and skew the science. That has eroded trust.”

Another contributor is a modern media focus on entertaining narrative.

“You can’t beat narratives with facts,” lamented Langenberg.

“Humans like stories, they tell stories, they listen to stories and they are influenced by stories, and unfortunately whether these stories are factual doesn’t really matter all that much,” she said.

“Many of us think that facts speak for themselves, but I think that is a misconception. Facts actually need trust and that is something we need to gain.”

The answer?

Scientists have to go back to basics — thorough vetting and peer review to limit research mistakes and fraud, and resisting the temptation to exaggerate findings in a quest for prestige or funding.

“It’s important for the science community to be responsible in the way they communicate the science, so as not to sensationalise their own findings and not to try and just go for a headline rather than a much more… sober and factual presentation of findings, the EGU’s Bamber told AFP.

“What we can do, and should do, is keep emphasising what science can’t do and can do,” added Langenberg.

“We very rarely can provide complete and final truth, that’s important to stress” — so that people are not left frustrated by the process.

“Science is search, and the search will go on.”

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SpaceX to launch classified US government payload Sunday

SpaceX to launch classified US government payload Sunday

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is poised to blast NROL-76 into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida during a two-hour launch window which opens Sunday at 7 am (1100 GMT).

SpaceX on Sunday is scheduled to make its first military launch, with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States.

No details were made public about the payload, known only as NROL-76, which was first announced last year.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is poised to blast NROL-76 into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida during a two-hour launch window which opens Sunday at 7 am (1100 GMT).

About 10 minutes after launch, the tall portion of the rocket, known as the first stage, will power its engines and fly back toward Earth to make a controlled landing on solid ground at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral.

The attempt is part of SpaceX’s effort to make rocket parts recyclable, rather than jettisoning the costly components after each launch.

The California-based company, headed by internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has already made several successful landings on solid ground and on platforms floating in the ocean.

Until now, the US military has spent billions per year exclusively with United Launch Alliance, a joint operation of aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to launch government satellites.

SpaceX in 2014 filed suit against the US Air Force, saying it unfairly awarded billions of dollars to a single company for national security launches.

SpaceX also has a pair of launch contracts coming up for the Air Force to send GPS satellites into orbit.

If Sunday’s launch is postponed for any reason, another launch window opens on May 1.

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SystemSpecs partners Lagos to plug knowledge gap with digital library

SystemSpecs partners Lagos to plug knowledge gap with digital library

L-R: Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; Secretary to the Lagos State Government/representative of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Tunji Bello; co-founders, Kotivu, Mr. Ogho Emore; Mr. Oma Egboh and Managing Director, SystemSpecs Limited, Mr. John Obaro, during the launch of SystemSpecs’ co-sponsored ‘Educate Lagos’ in Lagos… on Friday

Indigenous fintech company SystemSpecs was one of the headline sponsors of the Lagos State government’s much-anticipated digital library EducateLagos.com, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) tailored towards closing the knowledge gap in the state.

The portal, launched in Lagos today, is equipped with learning resources cutting across primary through tertiary levels of education. With numerous published books, core academic curricula, educational technology resources and certified assessment tests, the library will help schools and students fully participate in the new trend of electronic-based learning regardless of location and socio-economic status. It can be accessed via desktops, smart or mobile devices with the standard 2G and 3G internet connectivity, including 4G LTE bandwidths.

SystemSpecs Executive Director, Strategy, Deremi Atanda who graced the event alongside dignitaries such as Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by the Secretary to the State Government Mr. Tunji Bello, said SystemSpecs’ sponsorship of the initiative was driven by empowerment and closing the knowledge gap in the state.

“It is gratifying to have Nigerian graduates empowered to deliver without leaving the shores of Nigeria. The long-term view is about developing capacity so that ours can become a knowledge-driven economy. We’ll continue to invest in areas revolving around the linkage between academia and business,” he said.

Last year, SystemSpecs sponsored the state government’s Ready Set Work initiative tailored towards addressing employability challenges faced by today’s graduates, and is also tipped to be a frontline sponsor of Code Lagos which seeks to train 1000,000 Lagosians on how to write code by 2019.

“Our investment in the knowledge industry is guided by making Lagos a destination of choice for products and services that represent the best of knowledge,” Atanda explained. “Our sponsorship of EducateLagos.com is an investment in intellectual property, preserving it, paying for it and making it available to people. It is our contribution to capacity development so there can be more Remitas in the market coming out of Nigeria.

Earlier this year, SystemSpecs launched the beta version of its Remita Mobile Application, which empowers individuals to view multiple bank balances on one screen, make payments from and to various bank accounts and easily manage their expenses, among other key capabilities that keep them in firm control of their finances.

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Uber demotes exec at center of self-driving tech lawsuit

Uber demotes exec at center of self-driving tech lawsuit

Levandowski was an engineer for the unit known at the time as Google Car, working on LiDAR, the remote sensing technology that is critical for autonomous vehicles.

Uber has demoted an executive heading its self-driving car operations who has been at the center of a lawsuit filed by Alphabet’s Waymo accusing the ride-sharing giant of theft.

An Uber spokesman on Thursday confirmed media reports that Anthony Levandowski would step down from his role.

According to an email cited in media reports, Levandowski indicated he would “be recused” from work on autonomous driving “through the remainder of the Waymo litigation” but would keep other responsibilities at Uber.

Alphabet contends that Levandowski, who had been a manager at its autonomous car subsidiary Waymo, took technical data with him when he left to launch a competing venture that went on to become Otto, Uber’s self-driving vehicle unit.

Levandowski was an engineer for the unit known at the time as Google Car, working on LiDAR, the remote sensing technology that is critical for autonomous vehicles.

In his email, Levandowski stated, “We should all be proud that our self-driving technology has been built independently, from the ground up.”

But he said his move could help “keep the team focused on achieving the vision that brought us all here.”

Waymo’s lawsuit contends that Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 proprietary files from a highly confidential design server to a laptop in December 2015.

If Alphabet prevails in the lawsuit, it could deal a blow to Uber, which has been rocked by a series of embarrassing disclosures about a culture of sexism, cut-throat workplace tactics and covert use of law enforcement-evading software for its ridesharing operations.

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Why Software Development is an Extension of the Future-Proof Enterprise

Why Software Development is an Extension of the Future-Proof Enterprise

Megon Thomson, Software Development Manager at redPanda Software.

Within every business and across every sector worldwide, innovation and disruption are now the primary challenges that leaders face. New technology trends and digital platforms emerge every year, and only the agile and responsive are able to truly thrive in such an environment.

This has massive repercussions for those involved in the realm of software development and digital innovation. Instead of merely implementing once-off development projects, businesses now need long-term engagements with development teams in order to stay abreast of technology development and to ensure that the best solution is in place. As with technology itself, software development is not static – and the process needs to reflect the fluid, iterative and innovative nature of today’s technology environment.

With this in mind, South African businesses and software development teams need to take a closer look at their approach. In order for the best and most agile software solution to emerge from the process, there undoubtedly needs to be a far greater level of transparency built into the relationship. In many cases, this means rethinking the entire process – and making very practical changes from the start.

Built-in Visibility

To begin with, the early engagements between clients and software development partners should be very carefully and thoughtfully approached. Often, the stakeholders or people present in these early engagements are simply not close enough to the business problem. Or, the business problem itself has not yet been properly identified and thought through. The result of either – or a combination of – these two scenarios is that the client receives a solution that they perceive as different to what they had asked for. The entire process then becomes frustrating and far more complex than both parties had envisioned.

To avoid this, it is critical that businesses have a clear idea of the problem they need to solve and the desired business outcomes. From there, both the client and the development team must ensure that the right stakeholders are present in the early engagements and that the details of the project are discussed at length. Each party needs to be clear on the desired outcomes; the steps involved; and the roles that they need to assume in the process. This will ensure that there is a strong element of both transparency and visibility present in the relationship throughout.

A True Partnership

Given the iterative and fast changing nature of technology itself, the entire relationship between clients and development partners also needs redefining. It is no longer enough to invest in a once-off solution or ‘intervention’ – today, businesses need to view development teams as an extension of the modern enterprise environment. The goal should be to develop a long-term relationship in which the needs of the business are very clearly understood and factored into each step of the development process.

For such a partnership to emerge, there needs to be a very structured approach put in place that allows for constant and honest feedback. In development lingo, it is called a continuous feedback loop – which places the client at the very heart of the process – and the solution itself.

This can mean that the client provides feedback even sooner than the traditional two-week sprint period. In some cases, this requires internal process changes for the client. However, once the initial groundwork has been done, the process yields a natural trust and transparency that benefits both parties in the short and long term.

For development teams, a transparent process leads to far higher productivity, as well as more consistency with regards to the quality of the software produced. For clients, they benefit from software that is not only more tailored and suited to their specific business and context, but they also achieve a solution that is future-proof and able to pivot in response to a disruptive business landscape.

Ultimately, such a solution is the smartest investment that any business can make…

By Megon Thomson

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West Africa Mobile Awards Finalists Announced

West Africa Mobile Awards Finalists Announced


Finalists for the WAMAS announced.

The West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), the West African technology awards which looks to recognise the region’s leading mobile and tech companies, today announced the 2017 shortlisted finalists.

With over 150 submissions coming in from across 14 countries the awards looks to build on the success of last year’s WAMAS. 2017 has produced a vast array of entries from exciting new technologies and services, from startups to established ventures driving progress in West Africa.

The WAMAS are supported by BBM, Mobile West Africa (MWA), AppsAfrica.com, Wimbart PR, Dress Me Outlet, Kasi Insights and many other industry-leading organisations and publications.

A prestigious judging panel featuring experts from AppsTech, Disrupt Africa, TechLoy, Women In Tech Africa, CcHub and many others worked together to down-select from the many worthy entries and create the shortlist. The shortlisted finalists by category are as follows:

Best App
JORG Technologies, MyAds Global, PayWithCapture, ScholarX, Sliide Airtime

Commerce & Retail
BrowseDotCom, BuyOverChat Technologies, Dress Me Outlet, Jiji.ng, OLX

Bincom ICT Solution, Flutterwave, GoodWealth, Mahindra Comviva, Piggybank Nigeria

Mobile Education
Alassaut.com, iConcepts, Opportunity Space, Optiweb Communications, Solutech.edu.sn

Mobile Innovation
Eskimi, MallforAfrica, Optiweb Communications, Sliide Airtime, VAS2Nets Technologies

Mobile Marketing Campaign
Bloom Interactive, Cloomify, Tecno Mobile, The Guardian, Unilever

Social Impact
Dimagi, Human Network International, Mahindra Comviva, MOBicure, MTN Nigeria

Social, News & Entertainment
BattaBox, Bloom Interactive, Media Navigation, Optiweb Communications, The Guardian

Outstanding Industry Achievement
Faith Adesemowo, Omobola Johnson, Rebecca Enonchong, Ugo Okoye, Vytautas Paukstys

Young Gun of the Year Award
Andrew Airelobhegbe (ogaVenue), Corbyn Munnik (Sliide Airtime), Iyin Aboyeji (Flutterwave), Lum-Neh Angela (Opportunity Space), Odionye Confidence (Beat Traffik)

All shortlisted companies will be celebrated and the winners announced during an awards gala party on the evening of Thursday, 18th May at Rooftop Lagos with over 150 mobile industry executives, international media, investors, prestigious judges and sponsors.

Staff Writer

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