#CITITRENDS S03 EP 30: Coding for the disabled in Ghana & The Quarter Tech Review

Show Promos-26It was an all ladies show.

And boy, or girl, did we enjoy it.

Regina Honu, CEO of Soronko Academy and Soronko Solutions joined me for a conversation about a pertinent part of tech education and sensitisation: tech and coding for the disabled.

Fatima Tambajang, Lakeshia Marie and Ivy Bakely were on hand to share their top tech trends from the past quarter with us. There was everything from sponsored data, bitcoin and blockchain to chatbots and AI.

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#CITITRENDS S03 EP 29: API-Driven Government-Led Innovation

Show Promos-27When the chief doer join you on the show, you know sparks will fly.

And they did.

My guest, one of the founders of Dreamoval was Derrydean Dadzie. We talked about open Technology, API-driven government-led innovation, how open government initiatives are and incursions on the technology transformation agenda.

Farida and Jeff were on hand to serve us some top tech trends and a good dose of mobile applications for the week.

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#CITITRENDS S03 EP 28: THE NATIONAL DIGITAL ADDRESSING SYSTEM – The Technology Debate

Show Promos-14Another engaging week of technology conversations on #CitiTrends continues the discussion on the National Digital Addressing System, this time with the technology as the main focus.

Rexford Nkansah, a Senior Web Developer who builds and deploys cross-browser, cross-platform, mobile and web applications using primarily HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Python and Maximus Ametorgoh, a technology analyst, were my guests.

Alex Brahm, CEO of Hubtel, joined the discussion on the phone.

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#CITITRENDS S03 EP 27: What is wrong with the National Digital Addressing System – The Policy Discussion

Show Promos-13I did not expect such a feisty show.

Who am i kidding!

It was fire works right from the moment i opened the microphone. The show this week featured the Chief Executive of Strategic Planning Consults,  a public policy formulation firm based in Accra and the brains behind the National Codified Fixed Address System,  Kofi Annor.

He outlined 10 reasons why he felt the National Digital Addressing System was flawed.

The Deputy Director of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Kwaku Kyei Ofori joined the show on the phone to add on to the conversation.

We had a conversation about a mobile commerce company operating a payments ecosystem connecting financial sector customers, Mobile Network Operators and businesses to their increasing mobile consumers. The company is called Cellulant.

The Board Chairman, Dr Samuel Kiruthu and the Country Manager, Albert Ngumba joined me.

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The SnooCODE Debacle: Preliminary Thoughts

DSC_0447-2.jpgA lot has been said about SnooCODE’s failure to land a government contract for a digital property addressing system.

The debate has raged on various platforms.

Having interviewed snooCODE on a number of occasions, I have questioned the process myself. I have engaged in Facebook and WhatsApp debates.

Here are some preliminary thoughts as we continue to chase the truth and empower Ghana’s technology entrepreneurs for the future.

FACTS

– SnooCODE submitted a bid that was in excess of 3 pages. The executive Summary alone was more than three pages.

– SnooCODE was offering its platform to Ghana for FREE

– Till date, SnooCODE has not been officially communicated to as to why they were kicked out.

– I have not been employed, paid, coerced, hypnotized or influenced in any way by SnooCODE.
I do this for the tech community in Ghana who I believe have something incredible to offer this country.

– I fully support a national digital property addressing system which is done right and with the right people.

 

THE THEORIES

The word on the street is that Snoocode:

– Submitted a three paged ‘wrong’, ‘faulty’ and ‘incomplete’ document

– Was charging above and beyond what government was willing to pay for

 

THE QUESTIONS

Consider the following, if you care to think critically about how your nation is treating its technology entrepreneurs:

– How does an ordinary citizen or employee of Vokakom have access to the details of a closed bid? Are they members of the panel that reviewed the bids? If they are, is that not a far more serious case to worry about; that a member of the panel will use social media and online news portals to distribute confidential details of a bidding process?

– If the person or persons speaking ‘on authority’ about the details in SnooCODE’s bid is not on the review panel, then who is feeding them the information on the content of a SEALED bid?

– Where did the rest of the documents in SnooCODE’s bid disappear to? More than two copies of the bid were submitted; did all three copies have only three pages? Who stole the rest of the pages?