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After the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town 8-10 May 2013 a report has been published. In the report you can read about the tracks and seminars during the WEF13. Get the report here. It's quite interesting and up-lifting. 

If you're interested in reading tweets from the conference, you can search for the hashtag #af13 or search for @wef

One very interesting thing they discussed during the track on ICT in Africa was the impact the various innovation hubs are starting to have around Africa. Take a look at this picture below. Quite impressive how rapid the development is today. 

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African innovation is booming. From making life a bit easier for Africans in rual parts of Africa to saving lives, many Africans are thinking innovation from their own point of view. 

We've actually quoted Professor V. Kasturi "Kash" Rangan before but the quote is still very relevant. He teaches a course in Business at the Base of the Pyramid at Harvard University and says in this article that: 

The mistake a lot of us (Westerners) make is to look at the folks at the base of the pyramid and assume that they must need the same types of services we need.

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At Seismonaut Africa we love infographics. Not only are they informative but also quite beautiful. I found this collection of great infographics based on the map of Africa. The different maps provides you with a wide range of things from Broadband to Mobile Phones, Science, discoveries and Social Media,

I’ll not post all of them here, but just a few. These are the ones I find the best; 

African Users On Facebook

Infopraphic from afrographique.tumblr.com

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Nigeria is a very entrepreneurial country. I often meet people on the streets or at meetings and before you know it, 10 ideas have been developed and they say, Let’s do Business.

Now Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, wants to promote entrepreneurs in Nigeria by launching iDEA, Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator.

The goal of iDEA is to support Nigerian ICT Entrepreneurs create successful businesses by offering support to promising ICT entrepreneurs through ICT incubation centers that will be established in a selected number of cities. The first center was opened in Lagos last weekend and the second center will be launched soon in Calabar.

The Goal

The primary goal of the iDEA Incubation Centre is to create 25...

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There is about 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling. The founder of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), (who we'we actually worked with) Nicholas Negroponte spoke last year at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference about a fantastic experiment they’re doing in two remote villages in Ethiopia.

Watch'n spell

Simply dropping tablets (Motorola Xoom tablets—used together with a solar charging system) with a number of preloaded apps and seeing what then happens. The goal was to see if illiterate children with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preload...

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Yesterday Nigerian Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson announced on her Facebook page that on 16th April, she is launching Federal Government Service Portal as part of the initiatives for ‘Getting Government Online’, an initiative of the Ministry of Communication Technology. The portal is to “improve service delivery to citizens and other stakeholders”.

Government 2.0

The Minister: "The primary objective of deploying the Government Service Portal is to create an easy and single point of entry for Nigerians and other stakeholders to access government services online." This concept is often referred to as Government 2.0 where the key words are Transparency, Public Participation and P...

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In February Seismonaut Africa hosted the first conference about journalism and social media in Abuja, entitled “Social Media and 21st Century Journalism”. I traveled from our main office in Denmark to be a part of the event with 160 others, and to speak about the role of social media in journalism.

The conference highlighted three things, each important in its own right.

  1. There is a digital divide in Nigerian society
  2. The role of government in social media is on the minds of many journalists
  3. The future is bright

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Read here a blogpost about some of the most interesting events during Social Media Week (SMW) in Lagos, Nigeria.

SMW is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Our mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information. Read more about SMW here

During SMW in Copenhagen, Denmark Cheif Advizer Maria Schwarz from Seismonaut Denmark held a session on Creating and Manageing Social Content. You can check out her slides here.

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I've blogged about Facebook in Nigeria before and how quickly the development is going. The latest was this post and this post on how many Facebook users there is in Nigeria. 

Now GT Bank has passed one million fans on Facebook in Nigeria. This is equivalent to 18,66% of the total number of Nigerian Facebook users, which today is 5,357.500 (this number has actually dropped since fall 2012). Quite impressive. GT Bank has been active on social media since 2009 and is the first bank in Nigeria to reach one million fans on Facebook.  

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Seismonaut are quite advanced in setting up conferences and do it several times every year. In our Seismonaut Africa branch we are setting up a Social Media Conference in Abuja which focus on the use of these digital platforms and how to utilize the potential that lies in social media. Also we put focus on jounalism and how digital media and social media can contribute to even better journalism. You can sign up for the conference right here.

Here is a bit more info on the conference. 

Nigeria has more than 170 million inhabitants, and of them:

  • Over 50 million have access to the internet
  • 100 million have a mobile phone
  • 6 million are on Facebook
  • 1 million use Twitter...

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