When there is a technology conversation to be had in Ghana, it happens on #CitiTrends.
The show this week features one of the women who has been advocating for the regularising of tech lobby groups in Ghana. She is the CEO of Edel Technology Consulting and founder of Women in Tech Africa, Ethel Cofie. I started off by asking Ethel if she thought Ghana really needed a tech lobby group in the first place.
The conversations about investing in African technology solutions then takes centre stage. Eric Osiakwan who is the managing partner at Chanzo Capital shares a little about his ‘KINGS’ concept. Amber Fowler who is a partner at Echo VC also talk about the some of the areas being invested in. Ben White, CEO of VC4Africa talks about where the investments were directed in Africa in terms of the technology space. Finally you hear from Vincent Kouwenhoven who is a managing partner at eVentures Africa Fund.
Awo Apaloo shares some insight about three mobile applications from three different platforms in the Apps segment of the show. There is Box from Windows mobile, Youtube Music from iOS and then Signal from Android. Nana Boakye-Yiadom then brings you up to date with the latest technology news in the Trending segment of the show.
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.
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.
It 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.