#CITITRENDS S04 EP 23: MAde in Kumasi: Skills Development, Innovation and Knowledge Sharing with Yaw Adu-Gyamfi

Show Promos-8There has been a lot of chatter from the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi.

Chatter that centres on technology and growth and innovation.

There has also been a lot of chatter regarding the difficulties that technology entrepreneurs face. There has been a lot of conversation about how some of those problems can be solved.

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi is a co-founder of Centre for Social Innovations (CSI) and a man with extensive experience working directly with communities and young people, focusing on skills development, innovation and entrepreneurship.

He also coauthored a research paper titled: SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION AT SUAME MAGAZINE, KUMASI. 

He joined me to share insights from the research paper and much more.

Enjoy.

 

#CitiTrends Episode 32: Lobbying for tech in Ghana vrs Investing in African tech

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Ethel Cofie, Founder of Women in Tech Africa

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.

Enough chatter. Get to listening.

 

 

#CitiTrends Episode 26: Making Ghanaian innovators global players vrs Tech Hubs in Ghana for growth

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Source: Ventureburn.com

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.

#CitiTrends Episode 19: Previewing Windows 10 vrs Lobbying Ghana’s Tech Future

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Source: itpro.com

It has been a great week and there is so much to catch up on.

The show this week features Francis Adu-Gyamfi who is the CEO of Matrix Designs Ghana, a technology company which is into integrated digital marketing and software development. Ahead of the July 29 launch of Windows 10, Francis, who has been using the early versions of Windows 10 for several months shares his experience with the revamped operating system.

Ahead of the Africa Mobile & ICT Expo 2015, George Spencer Quaye of Coasters Company Limited (organisers of the event) shares his vision for the event and how he intends to ensure that it helps in the shaping on the ICT future of Ghana.

Monica, a technology consultant from Kenya and who works with Making All Voices Count also shares some insight on technology growth on the continent of Africa.

Its a packed show. Press play and enjoy it.

#CitiTrends Episode 6: OTTs vs Telcos in Ghana and Wikipedia

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Credit: telco-ott.com

Welcome back from the Easter break to another episode of #CitiTrends.

When Facebook purchased the mobile-messaging startup called WhatsApp for $19 billion people thought the company was bonkers. However industry people knew what sort of strategic decision that was. Today mobile phone companies are losing out on lots of cash as apps such as WhatsApp and vibe thrive by giving users the ability to text and chat at no charge. Technology activist and digital marketing strategist, Maximus Ametorgoh shares his understanding on what the situation looks like for Ghanaian telecommunication companies.

Everyone uses Wikipedia. People write long essays with information from there. The English Wikipedia, which most Ghanaians use has over 4 million articles. The number of contributions from Ghana are however, low. Worse off are Ghanaian languages on Wikipedia such as Akan and Ewe. The way to solve the editor deficit is by encouraging and educating people about the fact that Wikipedia is an Internet property and it invites editors from all walks to participate. There are barriers however. Ghanaian representative of Wikipedia and Wikimedia, Sandister Tei shares her views on these barriers and some solutions.

On #Apps this week, Awo presents BriefMe and Office Lens as the two new apps for the week.

There is more great content in the show. Press Play and enjoy.