Russia is hosting the Blockchain Life 2018 conference in November

Industry leaders will from 7th to 8th November gather in St. Petersburg, Russia for Blockchain Life 2018 Conference – The biggest international forum on blockchain, cryptocurrency, and mining in Eastern Europe. The two-day forum/conference now in its second year will gather more than 5,000 participants from more than 70 countries. They will include Сrypto traders, […]

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Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service now available for Global and African Businesses

Oracle has announced the that its Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service is now generally available for businesses around the world.  Arab Jordan Investment Bank, CargoSmart, Certified Origins, Indian Oil, Intelipost, MTO, Neurosoft, Nigeria Customs, Sofbang, Solar Site Design, and TradeFin are among the many global organizations that already have adopted this blockchain platform. The Oracle Blockchain […]

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Global Halal platform HalalGuide is now using Apla’s proprietary blockchain technology

Apla, a developer of blockchain protocol for building government and enterprise platforms,has announced  a partnership with HalalGuide, a comprehensive ecosystem of 12 platforms that connects Muslims across the globe to valuable and unique resources including access to halal products and services. This global platform has been built on a peer-to-peer network now using Apla’s proprietary […]

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Blockchain-based data platform DATAEUM rated 5/5 by top ICO listing

DATAEUM, the first Blockchain-based platform using crowdsourcing for data generation received a 5/5 rating from the icobench’s ico analyzer bot, Benchy. Thirty-seven days to their pre-sale ICO, DATAEUM is positioned to be the most revolutionary blockchain platform that will make sense to non-techies. Dataeum aims to break all barriers by revolutionizing data collection, democratizing access […]

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Enlisting blockchain technology in the war against DDoS onslaughts

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are certainly on the rise. Arbor’s 13th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report showed that 33 percent of surveyed organisations suffered a DDoS attack in 2017 (this is sharply up from the previous year’s 17 percent). The modus operandi is elegantly simple: DDoS attackers infect large numbers of devices with […]

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4 Organizations Spearheading Blockchain Education in Kenya

Currently, the blockchain hype is at an all-time high, not only in Kenya but also across the globe. There are thousands of ongoing projects creating solutions on the blockchain ranging from financial remittance services to the creation of ledgers that enable organizations to share data and resources freely. To fuel the development of these application […]

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Kenyan startup Nurse in Hand signs MOU with Apla Tech Company to develop blockchain-based mobile app

Kenyan startup Nurse in Hand has signed a memorandum of understanding with Apla Tech Company to develop blockchain-based mobile app that would store critical patient data and would enable accurate diagnostics of diseases. The MOU was which signed during the Trescon World Blockchain Summit held in Nairobi last week will see Apla Nurse in Hand […]

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Top blockchain myths to be busted in the year 2018

Blockchain has shown a great potential to be the next disruptive technology, with some experts claiming it to be the ‘second coming of the internet’. Blockchain technology offers a way of recording transaction or any other form of digital interaction in a way that will make it secure, transparent, highly resistant to outages, auditable and efficient; as […]

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Trescon’s World Blockchain Summit Series 2018 is coming to Nairobi

Trescon will be hosting the next edition of World Blockchain Summit on 22-23 March 2018 in Nairobi City, the capital of Kenya. Promoting the disruptive power of the blockchain industry, Trescon seeks to extend its efforts by bringing the power of blockchain all across the world. The World Blockchain Summit at Nairobi will be the […]

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5 Major Ways Blockchain Can Help Telecom Providers

By Shelby Solomon Darnell- IBM Blockchain Affect and Vision Scientist Telecom providers are hearing the Siren’s call of blockchain.  Though the technology is new to this industry, many telecom leaders are seeing its potential for positive impact on their organizations. In a new IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) report, “Reimagining Telecommunications with Blockchains,” more […]

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KODAK, WENN Digital partner to launch major Blockchain Initiative and Cryptocurrency

Kodak and WENN Digital, in a licensing partnership, announced the launch of the KODAKOne image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management. Utilizing blockchain technology, the KODAKOne platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register […]

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WORLD BLOCKCHAIN SUMMIT

When: March 22, 2018 – March 23, 2018 all-day
Where: Nairobi

THE BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION IS HERE. IT IS TIME TO DISRUPT CONVENTIONAL BUSINESS MODELS. Forward-looking governments see the potential of blockchain technology far beyond the financial sphere. They are much eager to consider the possibility of[…]

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Your Opportunity to Invest in Bitcoin and The Blockchain is Here

Barely a month after it launched its operations in Kenya, Belfrics Global is taking another bold step in the right direction. The company will be launching the Belrium ICO (Initial Coin Offering) which will allow anyone to become an early investor in the new blockchain. An Initial Coin Offering is similar to an IPO where […]

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2018 Connected Kenya Summit awards officially unveiled

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has today officially unveiled the 2018 Connected Kenya Summit Innovation Awards.The awards will this time round be held in Nairobi at the Bomas of Kenya from 22nd to 24th October. All previous awards have always been held in Diani, at the Coast. The annual Connected Kenya Summit is a platform […]

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Kenyan startups top list of 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners

Kenyan startups have topped the list of  2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners. The startups, Lynk, WeFarm, and Solar Freeze were among the four regional winners selected to compete for the 2018 economic prize. The winning startups were selected from 9 IIC finalists and from 10 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion finalists […]

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Oracle’s Impact Summit – Kenya

When: September 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Villa Rosa Kempinski,

We’re inviting you to join us for Oracle’s Impact Summit in Kenya in Tuesday, 11 September. Oracle Impact Kenya will explore the impact emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Blockchain have[…]

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List of 30 Startups finalists shortlisted for DEMO Africa 2018

Three Kenyan startups are among the thirty African startups finalists shortlisted for DEMO Africa 2018. The startups, CLoud9XP, Sote and Zipora will join the other startups across the continent in Casablanca in October to present their technologies to the world. The startups were selected following a few months of innovation roadshows, city tours and virtual adjudication across […]

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Strathmore’s Dr. George Njenga’s Take on Data Management at Africa Insurance Summit 2018

On the 25th of June 2018, IIB (Insurance Information Bureau) in conjunction with Strathmore business school hosted the Africa Insurance Summit at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. Insurance leaders from Africa convened for a two-day conference to discuss how the African Insurance Market can leverage disruptive technologies to create growth opportunities and shape the […]

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Treasury Given Two Weeks Parliament Notice to Decide Fate of Cryptocurrencies in Kenya

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on Tuesday addressed the national assembly on the existence of cryptocurrencies in Kenya particularly Bitcoin. In his request for a statement, Molo MP Kimani Kuria had asked Rotich to appear before the Finance and Trade Committee to explain on the regulations the government has put in place for crypto-currencies […]

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Tech Tamasha annual conference launches to celebrate Kenya’s technology space

Last week together with a number of tech enthusiasts and industry leaders we gathered at Nailab for the launch of Tech Tamasha. Tech Tamasha is an annual technology conference that will be hosted by technology blog Techweez, in partnership with leading industry stakeholders. The conference aims to celebrate Kenya’s technology space by highlighting the best […]

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Fintech may have a more profound impact on financial services in Africa

Fintech may have a more profound impact on financial services in Africa than in Europe or the US. this is according to the more than international fintech pioneers who gathered at the Radisson Blu Gautrain, Johannesburg for the Finnovation South Africa 2018 summit. The fintech pioneers who included African digital pioneers, investors, policymakers, entrepreneurs and […]

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Fintech SandBox Policy to be Ready by July 2018, Says CMA Boss, Paul Muthaura

Regulation in the Blockchain and crypto space is inevitable and coming very soon. To enable this, Capital Markets Authority is setting up a sandbox and with it comes a sandbox policy. The Fintech Sandbox Policy aims to regulate how financial startups and innovators bring their products to the Kenyan market and is expected to be […]

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Finnovation Kenya 2018: Collaboration way forward to driving constructive economic outcomes from the FinTech ecosystem in Africa

Finnovation Kenya 2018 summit kicked off today at the Radisson Blu Nairobi, bringing together more than 200 FinTech experts to discuss about the future of fintech in Africa. The experts also included African pioneers, investors, entrepreneurs and leading bankers to also discuss how the FinTech revolution can boost strategic economic priorities such as financial inclusion […]

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Finnovation South Africa 2018: How FinTech is Accelerating Digital Transformation of Banking in Africa

The unique environment for financial services in Africa is fertile ground for innovative FinTech players who are capitalising on the opportunities to disrupt or leapfrog established business models. This models are aimed at making financial services more affordable, accessible and profitable across the continent.   Finnovation South Africa 2018, which will be held on the […]

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Who wants complimentary passes to the Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018 summit?

The Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018 summit is coming to Nairobi on 31st May 2018. The event will bring together more than 300 participants from established banking powerhouses to Fintech startups to tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of Fintech in Africa. The events which is being organized by Ethico Live will also prove […]

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Annual ICT Week -16th -18th May 2018

When: May 16, 2018 all-day
Where: Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi,

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTSID) is celebrated in commemoration of the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN specialized agency for ICTs. Locally, the Communications Authority of Kenya will mark[…]

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Lagos based startup LifeBank closes $200 000 EchoVC-led round

Lagos based last mile medical supply startup LifeBank has closed $200 000 seed round, led by EchoVC Pan-Africa fund. Also participating in the round was CcHub Growth Capital and an undisclosed healthcare angel investor. The startup, which leverages technology to discover, organize and deliver essential medical products to hospitals and in the process, acquires actionable […]

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Cloud computing can improve local realities in Kenya

Corine Mbiaketcha Nana, Managing Director Kenya Hub covering East, Central and West Africa at Oracle Kenya has distinguished itself as a hotbed of technological innovation and creativity. The challenge now is how to consolidate these gains and leap forward as a country– to enhance the quality of life for all.  Cloud computing in layman’s terms […]

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Jim Rogers: Cashless Africa – A dream tech investment

It took the chance encounter of being held hostage in the Congo in the 1990s to awake in James Beeland Rogers Jr. (the Singapore-based veteran investor, businessman, adventurer, and author), a realization of the great future that awaits Africa.   “When you are that close to the ground, you can see what is false, what […]

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FinTech in South Africa: Accelerating the Digital Transformation of Banking & Financial Services

Ethico Live has announced the launch of Finnovation South Africa summit. The event will see participants from established banking powerhouses to FinTech startups gather in Johannesburg on 6th of June 2018 to address how FinTech can contribute to the positive and profitable transformation of financial services in Africa. Speaking at the announcement of the launch […]

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Digital credit scoring is paving the way to more affordable microloans in East Africa.

Fintech companies are using digital technology to score the creditworthiness of people in emerging markets, potentially enabling millions of people in East Africa to get access to affordable credit and financial services for the first time More than 2.5 billion people around the world – many of them in Africa – lack formal identification that […]

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FinTech players to gather in Nairobi for the Finnovation Africa Series summit

More than 300 participants from established banking powerhouses to FinTech start‐ups will in May gather in Nairobi for the Finnovation Africa 2018 summit. The event will bring together stakeholders to tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of FinTech in Africa, providing a platform for them to engage in creating the future of financial […]

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Artificial Intelligence: Your Bot Will See You Now

Next time you contact your insurer there is a good chance that you will be dealing with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Insurers are starting to use intelligent computers to give advice and speed up the process of buying insurance and paying claims. Virtual underwriters and risk advisors are no longer confined to insurers’ research and development […]

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Modex partners with BlockEx to launch ICO pre-sale for Smart Contract Marketplace

Modex has announced that the ICO pre-sale for its smart contract marketplace will open today in partnership with BlockEx a leader in blockchain digital asset exchange services, currently in an FCA innovation sandbox. “We are thrilled to open the pre-sale,” comments Modex CEO Mihai Ivascu, “and to partner with BlockEx — the best fit on the […]

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#AfricaCom2017 – Driving Digital Democracy in Africa

The 20th anniversary of Africa’s largest tech-focused event may have come and gone, but beyond the record-breaking number of visitors, exhibitors and speakers and new launches and cutting-edge products this year, the outcomes make for a lasting impression. AfricaCom was once focused solely on the telecommunications market, but now that conversation has successfully shifted to […]

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Youtap launches mobile money payment processing platform as a cloud-based service

Youtap has launched a new payment processing platform delivered as a cloud service for mobile money and payments providers in developing markets. Known as Youtap Cloud, the platform will enable real-time transaction processing for contactless mobile money and bank wallet payments. Youtap Cloud also supports QR code payments, as well as NFC technology, including low-cost […]

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Addressing Financial Inclusivity through Digital Democracy: Is Bitcoin the digital version of gold?

Financial inclusivity is a pre-requisite for building any economy, none more so than in Africa. Acknowledging the role Fin-Tech is playing in redefining financial boundaries and opportunity, AfricaCom 2017 has added a specific track focusing on Africa’s financial digital fluency.  Debuting this year at the continent’s single largest and most influential technology, media and telecoms […]

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AfricaCom 2017 to be held from 7th-9th November as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary

One of Africa’s leading technology event AfricaCom will be held from 7th to 9th November 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. The event was launched yesterday at an event held in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The event also kicked off the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of what has come to be known as Africa’s […]

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A new meaning for CIOs: Champions of Innovation in Organisations

Kenyan CIOs should be ready to surf the next wave of digital disruption By Nikki Summers, Regional Director for Sage in East Africa What a difference 10 years makes. In 2007, Apple released its first smartphone, services like Uber, WhatsApp and Instagram did not yet exist, and high-speed mobile broadband and fibre were a distant […]

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CIOs should embrace the role of championing innovation and agility in the business

The previous wave of digital disruption, triggered by mobile technology, caught most CIOs and organizations off guard. 10 years ago, hardly anyone owned a smartphone. Today, there are around 2 billion in circulation. What’s more, we use them every day to access Uber, WhatsApp, Instagram and many other services that didn’t exist when the first iPhone […]

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Opinion: A look to the bank of the future

Imagine a world where you could predict when your customers will have their first thought about retirement planning and be ready to help them create that plan in minutes. Imagine you could do the same for a young family applying for their mortgage or a fledgling company deciding where to bank for the first time. […]

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Why Wechat is a threat to Safaricom’s M-Pesa.

A few days ago I visited Chinese internet finance museum for a blockchain event organized by okcoin, one of Bitcoin’s large players. The 3 giants in Chinese internet: Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent occupied the most entries with their products and their subsidiaries numbering around 20 companies for each(photo below). The event area was in a […]

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Zcash Fever: Criminals Exploiting Users PCs to Make Profits Mining Cryptocurrency

At the end of October, the new cryptocurrency Zcash was launched. It is positioned by its creators as a more secure alternative to Bitcoin. Soon after the launch, the price of Zcash coins skyrocketed, followed by a spike in the installation of the application used to generate Zcash on personal computers. In many of these […]

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The new facility in Norway is IBM's 48th global cloud data center and It is part of the company's growing global data center network.

IBM Opens Industry’s First Cloud Data Center in Norway

Customers throughout Fetsund, Norway will now have local access to a complete portfolio of IBM cloud services after IBM opened a new cloud data center in the region. The IBM Cloud data center according to IBM will support growing cloud adoption in the Nordics.         Other services consumers in the region will enjoy […]

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IBM opens first Innovation Space in Africa at iHub, Nairobi

By Nixon Kanali / TechTrendsKE Tapping expertise from IBM’s existing Innovation Centre and Research Lab in Kenya, IBM has announced a new innovation and collaboration space at iHub, Nairobi. This announcement was made during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama in Kenya this weekend. The new IBM Innovation Space @ iHub will be an […]

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