#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.

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#CitiTrends Episode 25: Apple and Samsung share spoils vrs Christianity’s battle with technology

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A very lively conversation on #CitiTrends this week with every minute being full of amazing revelations.

On the show this week, we look back the announcements from Samsung who unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 devices at an event in Accra. Speaking with Tetteh Akornor who is the product manager for Samsung, we find out some more about the technology driving the news phone.

Maximus Ametorgoh who is a Digital Marketing Strategist and an avid Apple user joins us as we review the latest product announcements by Apple. The review includes mentions about the new iPhones, the new and larger iPad Pro, the new Apple Watch and then of course to Apple TV.

Dr Yaw Ansong Jnr., co-founder of loverealm, a community of young people who are trying to connect Christians both locally and internationally by using technology, also has some rather interesting views on how technology is affecting the Christian faith and what the future looks like.

Nana Ama Agyemang Asante shares Mutual, Minute Video Discovery and The Best Song app in the Apps segment of the show while Nathan has some interesting news from the world of technology for you.

There is a lot more in the audio so 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.

#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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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.