African Innovations Award 2016 call for Applications

Application Deadline: November 30 2015
Are you between the ages of 18 & 40? Do you have a revolutionary idea in Education, Science & Technology, Agricultural/Agribusiness, Healthcare and Energy? How about a solution that can improve the lives of millions of people on the African continent?

On April 9th, 2016, The African Innovations Award (AIA) will host its first –ever African Innovations award gala night during the 2nd Annual TEDxAccra event in Accra, Ghana.

This innovative competition will explore cutting-edge ideas, tools, information and technologies that can help to improve the lives of people on our continent.

Application

The African Innovations Award submission process will run from Tuesday, September 1st , 2015 to Monday November 30th , 2015.

Selection partners will choose 15 innovative ideas, 3 from each category to contest for the award during the 15minutes presentation to our panel of judges at the African Innovations Demonstration Talk during the week of TEDxAccra 2016.

Selection Criteria
The winning innovations are determined based on the products’ uniqueness and their potential contribution to socio-economic development in Africa through increased efficiency and cost savings.

Seven criteria to be considered:

Originality: The uniqueness of the product and its superiority in comparison with similar or alternative products in the market;

Marketability: The extent to which the innovation sufficiently addresses the problem it seeks to solve at a price or model that is accessible to the target market;

Scalability: The extent to which the solution can be easily applied to other similar markets beyond the applicant’s immediate or local environment;
Social impact: The ability of the innovation to create or effect positive or desirable changes within the target community and beyond;

Scientific/Technical aspects: For tangible technical/scientific products; this refers to extent to which the technical specifications of the innovation are grounded on established science and sufficiently address any anticipated product risks.
Gender and disability: How far various innovations went in properly integrating gender and disability perspectives to their projects. This has become a critical part of any futuristic innovation

Sustainable Development: Every innovation will also be assessed on how environmentally friendly their product or service is and how well the whole project supports the course of sustainable development
Prizes

All five winners, in each category will receive $5000 each and other prizes from our sponsors.

1 YEAR DEVELOPMENT ENTREPRENEURIAL MODULE TRAINING FOR ALL THE 15 FINALISTS OF THE AFRICAN INNOVATIONS AWARD.

Be sure to bring your best ideas to the table! And who knows, maybe your next innovative idea will be the next big solution to some of our problems on Africa continent.

To apply, visit http://www.africaninnovationsaward.com or https://goo.gl/OR99nA

Yutong new industrial facility in Venezuela proceeds smoothly

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Chinese bus maker Yutong’s new factory will be inaugurated in western Venezuela in October, said Haiman El Troudi, Venezuelan minister of land transportation Friday.

According to El Troudi, construction of the factory, designed with a capacity to assemble 3,500 buses per year, is progressing smoothly in state of Yaracuy, with 86 percent of building work being done. The new facility will have eight assembling posts, two buildings, a parking lot and a test ramp for the buses.

“The total investment in this plant along with our Yutong partners has been of 675 million U.S. dollars and will generate 1, 650 jobs for the citizens of this area,” said the official, who disclosed that 40 people have been recruited and will be sent to China to receive professional training from Yutong soon.

Upon completion, the new factory will assemble three types of buses not only for Venezuela’s needs but also for Yutong’s clients in Latin America and the Caribbean.

President Nicolas Maduro in July approved the plan for creation of a joint venture between his government and Yutong to set up its most “modern” plant in Latin America.

So far, about 5,000 Yutong buses have been exported to Venezuela for services in 80 urban routes in the last 36 months.

Source: Xinhua

Inside Africa: Social Media Competes With Voice Telecommunications Services

The director general of the mobile operator Movicel, José Henriques, said on Tuesday in Luanda that social media is competing with the traditional telecommunication operators, particularly in relation to voice services.

Responding to Angop about the danger of the introduction of applications such as “voice” by the social media like Viber, WhatsApp, Imo, Skype, Movicel executive referred to these applications as a gain for the traditional operators.

Speaking to the press about the new brand of the Movicel operator, José Henriques said “Today the voice is a great recipe, but in the future this may no longer be exactly truth” and therefore he warned operators to be on alert towards market developments.

As for the high costs of the calls, José Henriques stated that his company is moving towards his reduction by introducing packages acceptable to the Angolan reality.

Source: Angola Press

Honda SUVs recalled in China

Models pose with a Honda HR-V SUV exhibited in the 36th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok, March 25, 2015. The Bangkok International Motor Show will be held from March 25 to April 5. (Xinhua/Li Mangmang)(azp)

Japanese automaker Honda has announced a recall of 2,422 Acura-brand SUVs in China because of a fault that could see a section of the vehicles’ air conditioner detach and fall off the underside.

The affected vehicles are imported Acura MDX SUVs manufactured between March 2013 and October 2014, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in a statement on Monday.

A bolt in the air conditioning system may loosen or break, which could cause the air conditioner clutch pulley drive to fall under the vehicle, potentially presenting a hazard to other cars, the statement said.

The company’s China branch will replace the faulty parts free of charge from July 25.

Source: http://newsghana.com.gh/honda-suvs-recalled-in-china/

Burkina Faso fails to meet deadline for digital television switch

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Burkina Faso has failed to meet the deadline for switching television broadcasts from analogue transmission to digital transmission due to “insufficient financial means.”

Burkina National Television and other private television stations in the country continue to broadcast on analogue platform, whereas June 17, 2015 had been fixed by the International Telecommunication Union as the deadline for the switch over.

The switch over from analogue to digital transmission was set to cost Burkina Faso a total of 40 billion CFA Francs (over 66 million U.S. dollars), yet the state had only mobilized 8 billion CFA Francs.

In March, Burkina Faso government said talks were at an advanced stage with banks and other financial institutions to find the remaining 32 billion CFA Francs to acquire and install the technical infrastructures.

Source: Spy Ghana

http://www.spyghana.com/burkina-faso-fails-to-meet-deadline-for-digital-television-switch/

Burkina Faso fails to meet deadline for digital television switch

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Burkina Faso has failed to meet the deadline for switching television broadcasts from analogue transmission to digital transmission due to “insufficient financial means.”

Burkina National Television and other private television stations in the country continue to broadcast on analogue platform, whereas June 17, 2015 had been fixed by the International Telecommunication Union as the deadline for the switch over.

The switch over from analogue to digital transmission was set to cost Burkina Faso a total of 40 billion CFA Francs (over 66 million U.S. dollars), yet the state had only mobilized 8 billion CFA Francs.

In March, Burkina Faso government said talks were at an advanced stage with banks and other financial institutions to find the remaining 32 billion CFA Francs to acquire and install the technical infrastructures.

Source: Spy Ghana

http://www.spyghana.com/burkina-faso-fails-to-meet-deadline-for-digital-television-switch/

Inside Africa: Huawei uplifts Ghana in ICT modernization

Global technology giant Huawei has been supporting efforts by the government of Ghana to modernize the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and maximize its benefits to the country.

The ICT firm is leading the country’s efforts to replace its existing data center with the construction of a new state-of-the- art facility.

The first phase of the new data center financed by China EXIM Bank at 20 million U.S. dollars is almost complete and will enable businesses, store their data, host websites, protect data and perform active directory and other data related activities in a safe and advanced environment.

Senah Ocloo-Sewor, a data center engineer with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), a state institution which runs the data center, told journalists visiting the center that the old data center lacks the capacity to take the country where it wants to reach and can reach.

The center has already established four modules with 44 racks each into which clients can install their equipment. But this capacity will be expanded by creating more space for more models, more racks: more space for people to come and install their servers, their storage equipment and their network equipment.

The center has also been fitted with network security to enable businesses concentrate on their core activities while hosting or keeping their data at the center.

The network room has actual equipment providing the core network; the core switches, the core routers, core security equipment on the network level as well, the firewalls with an intrusion prevention equipment, which also have enough back-ups.

“Currently the main contractor that we have working for us is Huawei Technology. They are providing the installation for the entire infrastructure and the support infrastructure. So the data center module, what we call the IDS 2000 is a Huawei Data Center solution,” the data center engineer stated.

With all these, Huawei has also built a back-up station using IDS 1000 equipment for the West African country in Kumasi, 270 km north of the capital.

Source: SpyGhana.com