#CitiTrends Episode 24: The Future of News vs Solving the online payment problem in Ghana

Source: Mashable.com

Source: Mashable.com

This week has been great on the technology front and a lot of things have happened that could change the way we view our world.

On #CitiTrends this week we speak to three young tech entrepreneurs in Ghana who want to use the power of money money to solve the headaches of online payments. They are Kofi Genfi, Nii Osae Osae Dade and David Letsa of Mazzuma. Their average age is 21.

We also have a conversation about the future of news. We hear from Dan Gillmor, internationally recognized author and leader in new media and citizen-based journalism; Ethan Zuckerman, world acclaimed media scholar, blogger, and Internet activist and also the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media and  Nnenna Nwakanma, a free and open source software expert and leading advocate for affordable Internet in Africa. They were all speakers at an event organised by penplusbytes on the future of news.

Awo Apaloo shares Simply Piano, Level and Next Keyboard and the new apps for the week and Nathan Quao also bring you up to date on the latest happenings in the world of technology.

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#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.

#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.

Enjoy.

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

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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?

Enjoy.

#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.