#CitiTrends Episode 22: Crowdsourcing and Funding vrs AIX 2015: An introduction

aix_2015Another week and another great episode of #CitiTrends.

This week was great because of the announcement that #CitiTrends has been nominated in the 2015 World Summit Awards as the best and most innovative solution in Media & News from Ghana.

On the show however, we looked at the phenomenon called Crowdsourcing which is basically a process of getting work or funding, usually online, from a community of people. There are many kinds of crowdsourcing but for the benefit of the show we made a lot of references to crowdfunding which involves asking a crowd of people to donate money to your project. The conversation was with Jonathan Baldage, Digital Manager of TIGO Ghana and he has been working with tech entrepreneurs in Ghana, France and Latin America for some years in areas of digital marketing.

We also took a trip to Ashesi University for the Ashesi Innovations Experience 2015 (AIX) which is an intense and exciting two-week enrichment program developed by faculty at Ashesi for senior high school students between the ages of 15 and 20. AIX according to Ashesi, expands the vision and broadens the aims of students, inspires them, challenges them, and equips them with concrete skills for innovation in the 21st Century: skills in leadership, design thinking, entrepreneurship, robotics programming and engineering.

Awo Apaloo, after her holiday, comes back with Snowball, Wildcard, Walk Me Up and Microsoft Translator as the apps for the week. Mawuli Tsikata is also on hand to bring you up to date with the latest technology news stories from across the world.


#CitiTrends nominated for World Summit Awards 

Jamestown-11Citi FM’s flagship technology show, CitiTrends, has been nominated for the World Summit Award 2015 as the best and most innovative solution in Media & News from Ghana.

The nomination, according to the Awards committee, represents the show’s efforts at pushing digital literacy and represents the best digital education entry from the West African country.

The World Summit Award selects and promotes the world’s best e-Content and innovative information and communication technology applications. The award is partnered with the key United Nations organisations and agencies; to date more than 178 countries are actively involved.

CitiTrends, currently in its 22nd week since first being broadcast on the Adabraka based radio station, is the only radio show in Ghana that brings both the global and local technology conversation to the people of Ghana.

According to host and producer of the show, Philip Ashon, “the show is a driver of innovation and looks to inform and empower and encourage Ghanaians to take advantage of new and appropriate digital technologies.

“Using the power of radio to reach a national audience, CitiTrends improves the overall digital literacy levels in Ghana by highlighting the local impact of the latest trends in global digital innovation so that Ghanaian businesses and individuals can make informed choices in their bid to grow their enterprises.  It puts a strong emphasis on highlighting local innovators and solution providers.”

Segment editor of the show, Mawuli Tsikata also added, “every episode of the show features two major local technology solution drivers who speak on industry issues and problems and proper solutions where possible. Every edition also contains two major segments; Apps and Trending, where productivity mobile applications and the latest in trending technology news are delivered to audiences.”

According Mr Ashon, “the show also offers Ghanaian mobile and web application developers a platform to market their products through a segment called the ‘CitiTrends 2-minute App Pitch Challenge’.”

The 2015 World Summit Award (WAS) received 386 nominations from 86 UN member states and were selected from the WSA experts network through a democratic and highly competitive evaluation process and represents the best and most innovative solutions world-wide. The nominations demonstrate how mobile and internet applications can tackle social challenges, and have a strong local impact in the fields of health, education, environment, government or inclusion.

#CitiTrends Episode 21: 22nd Century education in Ghana vrs Ghana’s App ecosystem

Source: unr.edu

Source: unr.edu

Another amazing week and another great show on #CitiTrends.

Education is a key component in every country’s development. All over the world, the way in which students are being trained and taught is changing. People today get a lot of their information on the web and through their mobile devices. But is Ghana ready for these changes in the structure of its educational system? Micheal Mino is the Director of Digital Learning at the Ghana ED21 Programme and he lends some insight.

The world of mobile apps is getting bigger and bigger. It is currently a multi billion dollar industry. From the developer to the marketer and then to the final end user, what happens? I sat with Louis Manu, Product Development and Innovations Manager for Airtel Ghana to have a chat about that.

Nana Ama Agyemang Asante shares some insight into Ruby, Shifu and Genius as the mobile applications for the week and Mawuli Tsikata brings us up to date with the latest in technology news from around the world.

Need i say more?


#CitiTrends Week 20: MOBEX 2015 Review vrs Snoocode Ambulance Service launch

Source: Snoocode

Source: Snoocode

What a week!

After the launch of Windows 10, robots getting decapitated and new phones from Samsung and Motorola, the best way to chill is to tune in for yet another episode of #CitiTrends.

This week, we travel back in time to last week when the Africa ICT and Mobile Expo 2015 kicked off at the Accra International Conference Centre. It was a massive event and the show sheds some light on it.

Snoocode launches, finally, with a focus on emergency services, specifically the ambulance service. #Cititrends was there and shares some insight on proceedings. You will remember that Ses was on #CitiTrends some months ago to talk about Snoocode and how he intended it to solve Ghana’s address headache.

Mawuli Tsikata and Awo Apaloo will also bring along some goodies keep you at your productive best.

Press play and enjoy the show.