#CitiTrends Episode 31: Crowdfunding Africa’s Future vrs Alternate Education for Africa’s Technologists

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Jorn Lyseggen Source: www.crunchbase.com

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Jorn Lyseggen
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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.

Press play and enjoy.

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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!

Of Idiots and Sentimental Fanatics: Introduction

Go home and listen to Nina Simone

Go home and listen to Nina Simone

I am Nigel.

I live a complicated life. It is grouped according to specific classifications and codes to guide my decision making. I will be a very miserable old man if i end up with alzheimer’s. However, i love life and live it fully; often a little over the top. Like the time i decided it was a good idea to have my pictures taken while i sat naked in the tub after a Playstation gaming marathon.

I get worried for my children when i do these things.

I have decided to share my story with you because quite frankly i need to tell someone. I need to spill it all. I have been a terrible person to some and a complete sweetheart to others. However it is the lives of the people in mine that will intrigue you.

They have the most intriguing stories.

Some are complete idiots. Like, IDIOTIC, in the proper and actual sense of the word. Some of absolute sweethearts. Others are bugs that must be squashed for eternity and have their body’s cut up in pieces and spread across the world.

Sorry about that. I hate those people.

I have siblings. I struggle to understand them. Heck i am still trying to understand myself so don’t judge. There is a younger brother by name Kelvin and an older sister called Trisha. I think Kelvin is gay but i have no evidence. My parents will freak out if he comes out. My sister is a terrorist. Not like the suicide ones though. She is hell on earth in the sibling sort of way. You know those ones right.

I am sure you have one of your own.

My parents are truly conservative. They are the church-every-Sunday-morning, midweek-service, no smoking or sex or kissing or anything else before marriage- kind. I have caught them having sex before though but then again, they are married so fair game. We seldom have anything to talk about and yet we seem to find things to say to each other.

It gets weird… a lot.

I have only a few friends. Even they, wonder what the heck is wrong with me a lot of the time. They say i am the life of the party. I don’t see it. I mean, what is the point of going to a party and standing in the shadows with a drink in hand. Are you a shadow? And please don’t give me that different people have different personalities nonsense. That is just rubbish. IT IS A PARTY! If you do not grasp the fundamental concept of what that event is all about, you are not supposed to be there.

Go home, take a shower, and listen to Nina Simone.

I have no idea what i want to do with my life. I initially wanted to be a musician. I could sing. I realised soon enough that what i did was not singing. Then came the lawyer phase. If that is what i wanted to do with my life, everything i did was anti that dream. I soon realised that sticking with computers was my only route. I love the damn things and they seem easy enough to do so why the heck not.

I work in a computer shop with a fatso for a boss. His name is Mike.

I have been in several relationships. When i say several, i mean six (i think). They have all ended the same way.

“Grow up”.

That is what i am doing now.

Diversity brings change

Diversity brings change

As i stood in the corner of the shop looking for the best angle to take this shot,
i thought to myself…

What is the fuss usually about anyway..

Days are spent selecting one of these. Time is spent sending to a seamstress. Moments are spent worrying about whether the right design will be achieved.

“Excuse me,” a lady said behind me.

There was nothing to remember about this woman. She just had on some of the finest prints i had come across. She was in slippers. Dreads. Even her bag was in print.

I guess that is when i got it.

Staying different will make you act different.

Diversify. Change