Maker Faire Africa 2011 : Cairo, Egypt


From the Maker Faire Africa Blog:

Maker Faire Africa is pleased to announce our 3rd event, ‘Maker Faire Africa 2011 : Cairo‘ which will take place in Egypt, October 6-8th, 2011.  Join us once again as we continue to cultivate  new and existing maker communities across Africa. As was the case in Accra (‘09) and Nairobi (’10), MFA 2011 will present and spotlight the vibrant and endlessly creative individuals that have come to represent the spirit of ‘making’ throughout the continent.

These innovators, artists and tinkerers will be exhibiting a fusion of the informal and formal; ideas, inventions, hacks and designs both low-tech & high-tech.  From cuisine to machines, come see their re-imagining of products, exploration of novel materials, and original solutions for some of the continent’s most important challenges and opportunities.  Maker Faire Africa 2011 will be a celebratory showcase of unhindered experimentation and curiosity. We look forward to seeing you this October.

Please check back for further updates.

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First Swahili iPad/iPhone App By Nkyea Released


Nana Kwabena Sarpong and Isaac Ameyaw started Nkyea Learning Systems in 2009 to develop desktop and mobile applications for learning African languages. They’ve already developed and released two Twi language applications, Nkyea Twi Primer and Nkyea Twi Phrasebook, ’My Twi Name‘ app, and ‘Adrinkra E-Cards‘ app.

Nkyea Swahili App on iPad/iPhone

The two-man Ghanaian language learning apps development team has just released Nkyea Basic Swahili, the first Swahili iPhone and iPad app from their startup, on the Apple App Store. Nkyea Basic Swahili, which sells for $2.99, contains more than 650 essential words and phrases and has been designed to give absolute beginners a general conversational competence in Swahili.

Nkyea Basic Swahili presents the user with 18 lessons of basic grammar and vocabulary. The user can then choose a lesson, listen to the native speaker, read and record, play back and compare with the native speaker. The app also presents you with a quiz after each topic, which means users can reinforce what they learn and earn motivation badges for scoring high marks.

“This is a very user friendly language learning application, “Sarpong explains. “It’s really easy to learn Swahili with Basic Swahili.”

Nkyea Basic Swahili is targeting four primary markets: Tourists traveling to East Africa, students learning Swahili at a beginner level in school, anybody who has an East African relative or friend and lastly, language enthusiasts.

Here is the link to the app in the Apple App Store

Sarpong and Ameyaw are also working on more African language apps, which would be released in the coming weeks. Nkyea remains a bootstrapped endeavor, wholly financed through the startup’s PC, Mac and iPhone application sales.

You can follow them on Twitter via @NanaSarpong & @IsaacAmeyaw for more info about their work and creativity.

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Re-blogged: Meet The TED Global 2011 Fellows Working Within Africa


Re-blogged via Timbuktu Chronicles

5 spectacular individuals with Africa related connections are part of the recently announced TED Global 2011 Fellows class. They are:

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Call For Application: Young Journalists For Global Civil Society Event


CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, international civil society groups, donors and government representatives will unite at 10th CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This year four young journalists from developing countries have the chance to attend the largest gathering of civil society activists in the world in all expenses paid prize. Read below to see how you can win and find information about the keynote speakers of the event.

What Is The Prize?

Through a full bursary (including travel, accommodation and registration), the four journalists will have full access to all keynote plenary sessions and activity sessions that will take place at the Youth Assembly on 8 September and at the World Assembly on 10-12 September.

They will also have unique one on one opportunity to interview all keynote speakers:

  • Matt Dunne – Head of Community Affairs, Google Inc;
  • Kumi Naidoo – Director General, Greenpeace International, South Africa;
  • Mozn Hassan – Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, Egypt ;
  • Maina Kiai – Executive Director of the International Council on Human Rights Policy and others

How Do You Qualify?

You qualify if you are an active journalist who:

  • Has a background in covering civil society issues (such as development effectiveness, new technologies, democratic space and climate justice)
  • Is a citizen of a developing country.
  • Are between 18 and 30 years of age.

The journalist will also have a thoughtful and feasible dissemination plan to use their reports as a tool to raise awareness of the human rights or social justice issues explored at the event with a goal to bring about change.
While creative freedom will be left to the individual journalist, they will be required to report on a minimum of two sessions per day in the language of choice (Spanish, English, and French).

How To Apply?

To apply for this prize, submit your CV, a writing sample and a 250 word article on why it is important for civil society to engage with the media to rowena.mcnaughton@civicus.org before 15 June 2011.

The chosen journalists will be informed before 30 June 2011.

About the 2011 World Assembly

The CIVICUS World Assembly is the premier global gathering of civil society organizations, donors and representatives of government, international institutions and business to seek collaborative ways to strengthen the rights of citizens around the globe. This year, the focus is on the essential role of civil society in global decision-making. As governments of varied ideological persuasions crack down ever more harshly against dissent, challenges to their authority or lack of accountability and basic freedoms of expression and association, it is clear that civil society needs to come together in order to strengthen our ability to act for a more just world.

Under its overarching theme of “Acting together for a just world”, the 2011 World Assembly will focus on “Civil Society and Global Decision-Making: Doing It Better” through a programme divided in four thematic tracks:

  • Development Effectiveness
  • Climate Justice
  • Connecting People through Technology
  • Civil Society and Democratic Space

For more information, visit www.civicusassembly.org

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Nokia Connection 2011, Nokia’s Biggest Event of the Year


Do you have any events planned for the month of June, 2011? Mark your calendars! Nokia is planning their biggest event of the year on June 21, 2011.

The Nokia Connection 2011 website claims a solid strategy is in place and the event is where the new Nokia ecosystem will be introduced first-hand to the world. We’ll assume they’re going to show their first Nokia Windows Phones.

Nokia Connection 2011

Nokia Connection 2011 is an annual event held in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2011. This year, Nokia Connection will take place on 21 June at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The event is an exciting platform for Nokia to showcase the latest and newest devices and services to customers, operators, media and analysts from the region. Nokia Connection is a private event and attendance is by invitation only.

According to the programme, Nokia Connection 2011 is an invite-only event taking place in Singapore. CEO Stephen Elop will speak about Nokia’s new strategy, including an update on the company’s partnership with Microsoft. Following after him is Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell who will show brand new mobile devices.

I can’t believe the event is just a few weeks away. I’m definitely eager to see some new devices.Are you excited?!

Get Social & Win a shiny new Nokia E7 or Nokia X7

 

 

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Global – CNN and Nokia Announce International Partnership


Nokia and CNN have announced an international partnership whereby the handset manufacturer will become part of CNN’s roster of mapping providers, delivering mapping services to its international news network.

The collaboration harnesses the companies’ strengths in global newsgathering, user-generated content, mapping technologies, and location-based services. The collaboration debuted with the use of Nokia’s 3D Maps across CNN’s platforms in its recent coverage of the British royal wedding.

Nokia Ovi Maps 3D

“This collaboration is a great fit for us as both companies share a similar philosophy on connecting people beyond borders through the combination of compelling news content and highly sophisticated technology,” said Tony Maddox, Managing Director, CNN International. “The international scale of each of our businesses makes the scope of the collaboration particularly exciting.”

“Nokia and CNN share the belief that news is now mobile, powerfully democratic, and can immediately be shared by people around the world,” said DeVard, Chief Marketing Officer, Nokia, in the press release.

“We are pleased that CNN wants to use Nokia’s innovative mapping services for its international news platforms, and we are excited to work with CNN to deliver a compelling news service to users of Nokia phones.”

The collaboration also includes the CNN App for Nokia which provides mobile access to CNN’s world, business, sport, entertainment and technology reporting, as well as live streaming video.  The app also allows users to share CNN’s news via their own social channels, and participate in the reporting process with direct access to CNN’s participatory news community, iReport. The CNN App for Nokia is available in Ovi Store.

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Accra Wi-Fi Map Launched


On September 2, 2009; I was inspired by Rebecca Wanjiku’s article; Free Wi-Fi hotspot locator in Nairobi to also write on Free Wi-Fi Hotspots In Accra which pointed out the various FREE Wi-Fi spots in Accra about 2-years ago.

This morning, one of my tech and social media mentors; Erik Hersman shared the link to the Nairobi Wi-Fi map which made me decide on creating and developing the Wi-Fi Map for Accra.

The site is designed and built on the Crowdmap platform by the Ushahidi Team from Kenya. Its allows you to

  • Collect information from cell phones, news and the web.
  • Aggregate that information into a single platform.
  • Visualize it on a map and time-line.

Accra Wi-fi Map

Accra Wi-Fi Hotspot map will provide data on all Wi-Fi hotspots located in the heart of Accra. The various categories include:

  • FREE Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Hotels & Guest Houses With Wi-FI
  • Cyber Cafes & Coffee Shops

I entrust all dwellers, visitors, bloggers and techies in Accra to feed in enough data unto the site. Visit the site: http://accrawifi.crowdmap.com/ and submit a report of all Wi-Fi Hotspot you’ve accessed recently. You can also submit a report by texting to the number: (+233) 262.220.210

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