Did you know about project codeX?

Today technology plays a major role in everybody’s life, so it’s important to have people that are trained to develop and manage new technologies. But in Africa the gap between supply and demand for skilled African programmers is still high. This is why codeX has come up with a new training programme to train talented young brains to help build continent’s digital future.

What makes the programme so special, is that it specifically focusses on empowering their students to drive their own future forward, no matter if they go on to work in an industry workplace or start their own project. Thus they enable real change and innovation – grassroot-style.

To find out first hand how this awesome project works, watch this interview with codeX COO Cara Turner:

Did you know Uganda is holding elections this week?

Back in January The Guardian published an article on how Uganda’s president epitomises Africa’s perceived democratic deficit. With Uganda’s presidential elections coming up this week, I’d like to remind you of a very important fact that Museveni himself opined back in 1986: political leaders that overstay their welcome are the root of Africa’s problems.

For me, the logical consequence is the following: democratic societies foster new ideas and innovation and vice versa. Many African countries are hampered by their political elite because their ideas – that used to be innovative and new – in the past decades have become outdated and old.

So by supporting new and innovative ideas not only will Africa’s economy grow, but at the same time the democratic deficit will be reduced. This being said, I’m intrigued to see, what next Thursday’s election will hold for Uganda.

Did you know the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is celebrating it’s 5-year anniversary in June?

In June the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) will be hosting the Innovation Prize for Africa ceremony in Gabarone, Botswana. To celebrate their five year anniversary, they’re offering more incentives than ever before, focussing particularly on women and young people.

“If there is one thing that we have learned in the past five years of hosting the IPA, it’s that Africa is brimming with innovations. By understanding, reinforcing and rewarding African innovators, we believe we are playing a significant part in catalysing innovation across the continent.”

– Masimba Biriwasha, AIF consultant

I could not agree more with this statement and am looking forward to finding our more about the nominees and winners. Stay tuned for more information on this blog or visit the AIF’s website.

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Did you know Africa’s first solar-powered bus has just been unveiled?

In the face of global warming, fostering different ways to put alternative energy to use should be our number one mission. Against this background, the announcement that Uganda-based Kiira Motors Cooperation has recently unveiled the continent’s first solar-powered bus, is fantastic news.

The “Kayoola” (which literally means mass carrier) is also a wonderful example of innovation. As such “the Kayoola sets a good precedence and inspiration trend for the technological future of urban mobility for East and Central Africa.”

The bus will be officially launched by Ugandas President in mid-February. I am looking forward to reading more about it soon.

For more details on the bus, follow this link.

Do you know which Nigerian startups you should be watching in 2016?

Innovation is the backbone of any economy, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for promising startups. On appsafrica.com I recently came across this list of five Nigerian startups to watch in 2016.

While all five startups are active in different markets, they all have the fact in common that they created apps to make everyday activities more appealing and they have the capacity to disrupt their corresponding markets.

With big players rocking Nigeria’s tech ecosystem, it’s good to know there’s a promising generation of startups ready to fight the good fight.