#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.

#MarchAgainstMisogyny: Introduction

I woke up in Sunday morning feeling very good about myself.

Mayweather had won his fight.

Manchester United had been humbled (i saw that coming so i dealt with it emotionally).

There was just one thing that was wrong about it.

A political figure in the ruling National Democratic Congress in Ghana in his attempt to defend his party had tagged all women who were above 30, successful and unmarried as ‘prostitutes’.

I read some posts of friends on social media and decided that i should say something. Do something. Anything.

So i did. I started this little campaign: #MarchAgainstMisogyny.

I think women should speak more about it and i think the men should also get with the programme.

As i explained to a friend, misogyny seeps beyond political bounds. It permeates the very essence of our society. It is almost engrained. But women deserve better. They do far too much not to.

So, women out there. Please speak, preach, sing, write, dance or do anything to #MarchAgainstMisogyny. If we eventually get to march soon, i will be most excited. But for now, let us keep the conversation going.

Two of my work colleagues have started… you can too.

#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.

Switch on your pitching power

credit: tedconfblog

credit: tedconfblog

It is one thing to have a product. It is another thing having a functioning product.

However, the power of pitching your functioning product to the community your product is targeted at, can often be a whole new kettle of gold fish.

That is what i have found anyway.

A month ago, during a round table conversation with some of Accra’s tech minded individuals, i was informed that one of the biggest problems startups face has to do with exposure. It appears people do not know their story. Everyone is caught up with the hype of the few successful ones.

Despite my insistence that most app developers in Ghana i have come across are more interested in the ‘money side’ of the entrepreneurs journey, i was impressed upon to acknowledge the role the media played in shaping that mindset.

In a recent interview with Eric Kumah of NewAccra.com, and Patience Teiko Tetteh, software developer with E4 Solutions, i understood to some extent of the difficulties of app developers in Ghana.

The question that kept popping up was: Who was telling the ‘real stories’ of app developers and young entrepreneurs? How were Ghanaians going to know about applications made to solve their unique problems?

The #CitiTrends 2-Minute App Pitch was thus formed.

The idea is simple.

Ghanaian app developers have two minutes to pitch their applications to a listening public on award winning radio station Citi 97.3 FM. The pitches will be heard on #CitiTrends, a 30-minute technology focused radio show.

The pitches will cover :

1. Name and genesis of app

2. The problem the app seeks to solve in Ghana

3. How people can access the app

4. The future of the app

At the end of every month, one app developer will get an extended interview on #CitiTrends where they can expand on the details of their apps.

App developers can register their interest by sending an email to philipashon@citifmonline.com. 2-minute voice notes of pitches can also be sent via Whatsapp number: +233 505811759.

It is an exciting time in the technology space in Ghana and i can’t wait to see where this pitch challenge leads.

Get pitching!

#CitiTrends Episode 5: The Recap Show

Photo Credit: haytheresocialmedia.com

Photo Credit: haytheresocialmedia.com

The first recap show on #CitiTrends features interviews with Kelvin Nyame of Meqasa as he speaks about tech solutions for the real estate industry in Ghana.

The show also looks back to the interview with Linda Ansong of Vestracker and the tech solutions for freight forwarders in Ghana.

Leti Arts is also featured on this episode of the Recap Show.

There is a good dose of technology news from across the week plus we feature two apps; One Shot and Layout for Instagram.

Enjoy the show.