#CitiTrends Episode 31: Crowdfunding Africa’s Future vrs Alternate Education for Africa’s Technologists

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Jorn Lyseggen Source: www.crunchbase.com

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Jorn Lyseggen
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The show was live and the conversation were thought provoking. Another amazing week  of technology talk and the debates just did not stop.

Week 31 featured a discussion on a local platform on which the Ghanaian ‘crowd’ could ‘outsource or solicit’ for funds for their business projects. The chat was with three young men who have been thinking about this very problem and have fashioned out a solution. They call it Fund Afriq. The gentlemen are Nii Nanka who is in charge of marketing for Fund Afriq, Frederick Yaw Gyebi, the Project Manager and Penrose Akoto who is in charge of technical.

We also have a chat with the founder of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Jorn Lyseggen who gives his perspectives about the assertions made by the founder of Virtual reality headset maker Oculus, Palmer Luckey who think that classrooms are broken and that children don’t learn the best by reading books. He speaks about other things too.

Mawuli Tsikata also shares some of the most striking technology stories of the week from across the world on the Trending segment of the show. Nana Ama Agyemang Asante also shares AUTOMATIC CALL RECORDER, AMAZE FILE MANAGER and SURE Universal Remote as the apps for the week.

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#CitiTrends Episode 30: Encryption in Ghana vrs Africa Technology Summit

When the technology world calls, #CitiTrends responds and we have done it again this week.

The focus this week was on encryption which is a method of distorting data so that it can only be understood by someone with the correct key or password, and is considered standard practice in safeguarding sensitive data. But, what is the situation in Ghana regarding encryption? Are we taking it serious at all? I sat with Daniel Sowah, who with his friends have developed an app called ‘CRYPT’ which they hope will help Ghanaians get more serious about encryption.

The show also features the first in many reports about the Africa Technology Summit, which was hosted by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology or MEST. The show today featured a session that focused on global technology leaders. The speakers included Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Country Director for Google Ghana; Mitchell Elegbe, CEO of Interswitch; Haris Broumidis, CEO of Vodafone Ghana; and Country General Manager for IBM Ghana, Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Awo Apaloo serve you with the Trending and Apps segments on the show respectively.

It was a delightful show. Press play and find out for yourself.

#CitiTrends Episode 28: Apple News & Instant Articles vrs African Mobile App developers

apple-newsIt has been a very interesting week within the technology world and #CitiTrends cannot help but keep you updated.

On the show this week, we ask: How do you get access to news on your phone or tablet? Does it take a lot of data? With Facebook developing instant articles and Apple releasing Apple News and Twitter playing around with Moments publishers need to take a second look at what they are doing. Maximus Ametorgoh joined me as we looked at what the prospects were.

With global mobile application downloads currently standing at around 87 billion dollars as at last year, how much of this revenue is enjoyed by African or Ghanaian mobile app developers? I sat with MTN Ghana’s, Abdul-Latif Issahaku and he shared some insight with me.

Mawuli Tsikata joins the conversation with the Trending segment of the show and we also check out the ZERO App, the LIST App and the CHUBBLE app.

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#CitiTrends Episode 26: Making Ghanaian innovators global players vrs Tech Hubs in Ghana for growth

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What a week it has been on the technology front in Ghana and what an amazing show it was on Citi 97.3 FM.

This week, the show started off with a chat about why technology innovators from Ghana and Africa seemed not to be making the global impact they should be making despite the amazing solutions they provide. Data and devices manager at MTN Ghana, Abdul-Latif Issahaku joined the chat to share his views.

We also visit the Innovation Week or “i-week” which is an initiative of Ghana – India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT and aims at showcasing ICT innovations in Ghana and her ECOWAS neighbours. #CitiTrends sat in one of the sessions that focused on technology hubs and how they are preparing local tech startups and innovators for ‘global domination’. In the session were Elikplim Sabla of Mobile Web Ghana, Dorcas Okyere from Penplusbytes and Victor Ofebu of impact hub accra. The session was moderated by mac Jordan Degadjor.

Nana Ama Agyemang Asante shares three interesting apps on the APPS segment of the show called ‘Hooked’, ‘Curiyo’ and ‘Realarm’. Mawuli Tsikata brings you up to speed  with the latest in technology stories from across the globe as well.

Enjoy.

#CitiTrends Episode 23: AIX 2015 in details vrs Debate on Internet Governance

Exciting things are happening in the technology space around the world and they are having an impact on Ghana.

In this week’s episode of #CitiTrends, we head back to Ashesi University and get some more details about the Ashesi Innovations Experience 2015. Faculty members and students of the Accra based education institution take senior high school children through lessons in robotics, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Also on the show this week is the Centre for International Governance Innovation which launched the Global Commission on Internet Governance; a two-year initiative that has been mandated to produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance. We hear from Dorothy Gordon, director-general of the Accra-based Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT; chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, Carl Bildt; Nii Quaynor, chairman of the Board of Directors at the Accra-based National Information Technology Agency and Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the South Africa-based Association for Progressive Communications.

Mawuli Tsikata serves the latest bit of news from the world of technology while Awo Apaloo shares three apps of choice.

Enjoy.