#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.

 

 

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#CitiTrends Episode 18: Cyber Security in Ghana vrs Lifeline of SMS in Ghana

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Source: linkedin

I love weeks like this when the world is buzzing with technology stories.

The truth is, its like this every week.

Who is complaining?

This week on the show, we are all aware that around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today. Africa accounts for just 9.8% of this number. In recent months, the world has been over taken with countless stories of cyber breaches here and there. The hacking of the Sony Corporations, Kaspersky (which is an antivirus company) and US federal government are good examples. I sat with Albert Antwi-Bosiako who is the founder and principal consultant with e-crime bureau, Ghana’s first Cyber Security & Digital Forensics firm, and asked some questions about the state of cyber security in Ghana.

One woman who has been increasingly active in the SMS landscape in Ghana is Anne Amuzu, CEO of NandiMobile and I caught up with her and asked her what her thoughts were on the matter of the lifespan of SMS.

Awo shares four Apps this week; Any.do, Truemessenger, Feeday and TwinorNot on the Apps segment of the show. Mawuli Tsikata shares some technology news stories in the Trending segment of the show.

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#CitiTrends Episode 10: Farmerline & Grameen Foundation

Source: Oxfam

Source: Oxfam

A great week it has been indeed and feedback on the show has been incredible.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, increasing at an average of 44% annually since 2000, according to the worldwide mobile communications industry association GSMA. The continent is also home to a quarter of the world’s fertile land. 80% of this is not being utilised and of the 20% that is, the majority is owned by poor smallholder farmers. I spoke to Senyo Worlali, Business Development Manager for Farmerline, a social enterprise about some technology solutions they offer to farmers.

All across the world, the health sector is being transformed by technology. In Ghana and in most rural areas, actually even in the urban dwellings, a trip to a doctor or for a check up comes with too many complications. If you need to see a specialist, this means a referral, another long journey and probably a lengthy wait. A group is trying to make this situation much better. The group is called the Grameen Foundation and i caught up with the man in charge of the technology and innovation at the foundation, David Hutchful, to get a clear sense of where we are regarding the Ghana’s health care delivery system and its relationship with technology.

Awo Apaloo serves you ‘Moneygraph’ and ‘Swiftkey Clarity’ as the new apps for the week on the Apps segment of the show. She features Mobifliks, an app where users can watch local content for free, in the #CitiTrends 2-minute App Pitch Challenge.

Mawuli Tsikata brings you up to date with the latest happenings in the world of technology on the Trending segment of the show.

Enjoy the show.

#CitiTrends Episode 9: Google ranking algorithm and Women in Tech Africa

Credit: Women in Tech Africa

Credit: Women in Tech Africa

When search giant Google decided to introduce a new ranking system for websites on its search engine, millions panicked. They were right to. Imagine waking up to realise your site’s ranking has been lowered tremendously because your site was not mobile friendly! I caught up with Divine Puplampu, a technology journalist, and asked him for some more details.

Journalist, Emmanuel Dogbevi, Malta, was at the IFA Global Press Conference which is a meeting place of over 360 journalists from more than 50 countries and leading consumer technology companies such as Philips, Grundig, ZTE, and Gibson and Microsoft. New technology that could knock you off your feet was showcased and he shared with me some the things that caught his eye.

I was also one of the lucky guys in the room at the Women in Tech Africa (Ghana Chapter) event at Alisa Hotel. The Women in Tech Africa is a formal Pan-African Network of Women in Technology who organise regular activities to provide effective support to women in technology across the African continent. The theme for the event was Women in technology – the future of Africa. Founder of Women in Tech Ghana, Ethel Cofie; Airtel MD, Lucy Quist; Mobile Web Ghana Director, Florence Toffah and David Hutchful, Director of technology and innovation at Grameen Foundation feature here.

Awo shares the gospel according to CLEAR and Mailbox from Dropbox on the Apps segment on the show while Nathan Quao brings you up to date with the latest technology news.

All this and more on the 9th episode of #CitiTrends.

#CitiTrends Episode Four: Social Media and Health vrs Ghanaian App Developers

Kobby Blay

Kobby Blay

Another great week of great stuff happening in the technology space in Ghana and #CitiTrends is keeping up with the beat.

The show features Kobby Blay, who likes to describe himself as ‘The hub of the latest information in Ghana’s healthcare industry’. He is the founder of Ghana Health Nest (GHN), an information and digital health innovations agency. He is also the Director for Health Care Social Media, Ghana – #HCSMgh. He speaks about the dynamics of social media and health care delivery in Ghana.

Eric Kumah of NewAccra.com, and Patience Teiko Tetteh, software developer with E4 Solutions, then share some thoughts on the current condition of app developers in the Ghana.

The show features two apps as well that focus on photography. There is ‘Enlight’ and Facetune for you to go try out.

Its a packed show. Enjoy