Guest Post: Driverless cars: The future of Transportation

By Rilind Elezaj. Driverless cars, which are also known as self-driving or autonomous vehicles, are the future of transportation. Various car brands from all over the world have already expressed great interest in them, mainly because of the transformation that they can bring into the transport industry. These machines depend on sensors to favorably interact […]

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Column: Automation vacation – technology driving change in the Kenyan travel industry

By Corine Mbiaketcha Nana, Managing Director Kenya Hub covering East, Central and West Africa at Oracle. It is often said we live for the holidays, and perhaps proof of that is the fact that today, the tourist industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world, with a business volume equal to […]

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Column: Kickstarting the future- The South African entrepreneur

By: Chetan Goshalia, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at SqwidNet The small to medium enterprise (SME) is the lifeblood of the economy. In Brazil, more than 16 million small to microenterprises make up around 20% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). In India, 26 million SMEs make up around 8% of the country’s GDP. And […]

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Korea Invests $9 Million to Support Development of Science and Technology Skills Across Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) has signed an initial US$ 3.8 million grant agreement with the World Bank to support the development of science and technology skills across Sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is part of a larger US$ 9 million grant by the Government of Korea to support the Regional Scholarship […]

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Two Kenyan startups among Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program graduates

Two Kenyan startups, Cloud9xp and PayGo Energy were among the second class of  11 startups who graduated yesterday from Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program in Lagos.  Over the course of the 3-month program, the 11 startups comprising Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 2 engaged with 48 mentors from 9 countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, UAE, […]

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Corine Mbiaketcha Nana: Three early industry adopters of autonomous technologies

Automation has already transformed industries in which complexity and performance demands must meet the challenges of fewer available resources, narrower profit margins and expanding product volumes. Examples include the car manufacturing industry, online reservation systems in the travel industry, the introduction of ATMs by the banking industry and more recently, automated mobile money kiosks. Now […]

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Tech In Film: Why It Makes No Sense To Ban Films In 2018

Creativity and technology are an integral part of the film industry and hence help the industry grow beyond the regular threshold.  Social media, for example, is taking over the traditional ways we use to consume film. In this interview, Martin Munyua, the Director of Dreamcatcher Productions Kenya talks about these trends and how they’re supporting […]

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IT Leadership: These five technologies are transforming the travel experience

The whole notion of what today’s hyperconnected travellers want, and what they value, has changed. While cost, choice and convenience are still significant, booking decisions are now based on the experience. Right from the moment that a traveller thinks about a trip, to planning it, booking it and living it, we in the travel industry […]

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Avic International, Education ministry partner to launch Season 5 of Africa Tech Challenge

AVIC International in partnership with the Ministry of Education today launched the 5th edition of the Africa Tech Challenge which aims to empower the youth in technical training institutions with practical skills. Unlike the previous contests, this year’s contest will also include contestants from countries such as Gabon, Zambia, Ivory Coast and Ghana with the […]

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Internet of Things: Pandora’s Box or enterprise enabler?

By: George Kalebaila, Research Director for telecommunications, media, and Internet of Things (IoT) at International Data Corporation (IDC).   The enterprise remains wary of investment into the Internet of Things (IoT). There are key inhibitors to adoption that affect its efficiency, impact, and availability. This doesn’t mean that IoT isn’t on the cusp of widespread adoption […]

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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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Microsoft to sponsor Best Technology blog category for 2018 BAKE Awards

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) unveiled the full list of the 2018 BAKE awards nominees a few weeks ago. The list featured some new entrants as well as other common names we have seen in previous BAKE Awards nominations. Some of the nominees included Kaluhiskitchen.com, owaahh.com, magunga.com among others. Microsoft has now come on […]

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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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Significant smartphone penetration and supportive government regulations driving global consumer telematics market growth.

The significant penetration of smartphones, lowered connectivity costs, high-speed internet technologies and supportive government regulations is driving the growth of the global consumer telematics market. This is according to a new Consumer Telematics Market – Growth, Trends, Forecast, Demand, Outlook Up to 2024 report by Transparency market research. The reports, also notes that the growing demand of big data […]

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Smart City Global Summit to be held in Africa in June

International government and industry leaders are set to gather in Algiers, Algeria for the Smart City Global Summit to held in June. The gathering will assess global and regional Smart City growth strategies with a special focus on Africa and emerging markets. The Summit and Exhibition, will feature over 4000 Delegates including International City Mayors, […]

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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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Top Five Online Courses in African Perspective

E-learning and online courses (the so-called edtech) are booming, also in Africa. Often we talk about online courses in a more general manner. Africa, continent, of the youth, aims at a skills gap between rich and poor. But online education can be one important tool to improve the access to higher education. Edtech benefits of […]

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24Bit – Listen and subscribe to our latest Podcast

24Bit is an ongoing conversation around technology trends between tech bloggers. Every weekend we gather around to talk about interesting happenings in the tech scene both locally and globally. We also do lots of on-location interviews and shows from the different tech events we attend every week, so be sure to subscribe and share. Want to […]

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Technologies that will enhance hotel experience in 2018

As we look forward to closing the year, Jumia Travel takes a keen look at emerging and growing hotel technologies that will shape the new year. Voice Adaptation, anyone home? Voice is no doubt an ongoing craze across various industries; think of Siri, Alexa, Cortana and the rest. The little complications of accents, privacy and […]

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4 Key Essentials of E-learning in Africa

The rate of technological advancement in Africa is growing rapidly. Introduction of computer and internet in the 20th century has significantly improved the way of life across the globe and in the African continent. Africa countries are now embracing technological innovations in their operations. Technological innovation has brought new dimensions in every aspect of life […]

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New technologies Boosting SMEs Profits in Kenya

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me a very interesting article on Kenya’s paradigm shift in technology. The article talks about how technology has become an integral part of of our culture as a country and also how we have emerged as a technology powerhub to reckon with. Kenya boasts of world class […]

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Guest Post: 3 basic EdTech features everyone should know

A new educational frontier for Africa EdTech is the use of digital education technology to facilitate teaching and learning. It’s a rapidly expanding sector with enormous potential. Providers around the world are now incorporating education technology into their delivery strategies. The development of mobile technology such as tablets and smartphones offers great opportunities for anywhere, […]

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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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How telematics is revolutionizing the Fleet Management industry

Telematics is a combination of two words; Telecommunication and informatics. In broad sense, Telematics is the integrated use of telecommunications with information and communication technology. The technology involves long distance transmission of information relating to remote objects like vehicles via telecommunication devices. Normally, the term telematics is used to refer to vehicle telematics where information […]

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Guest Post: Kenya’s paradigm shift in technology

By James Ngige (@Jaykulll), Nairobi Technology has become part and parcel of culture, well, every culture, but Kenya however, is changing the culture of technology. Kenya has emerged as a technology power hub to reckon with- so much that today no multinational story is complete without the Kenyan angle. This revolution is as a result […]

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Laura Chite replaces Harry Hare as the new CIO East Africa CEO

CIO East Africa has announced the appointment of Laura Chite as its new Chief Executive. She succeeds Harry Hare, who now takes over as the board Chairman for the company. Laura Chite has over 20 years of working experience in the IT industry ranging from HR to PR and  Events to Sales and Marketing. She joins CIO […]

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Guest Post: Technology and Business Transformation

By Dennis Nginya. ‘Millennial’ is a marketer’s term that classifies a generation according to their response to the technology of their times, addressing those born from the early 1980s to early 2000s. I think it is a much better way of describing the people currently under 40 years of age as opposed to calling them […]

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Epson outlines technology solutions to support growth in Kenya

Epson has today outlined its commitment to the Kenyan market and its growth strategy for FY17.  Based on a commitment to inkjet technology, Epson will seek to increase market share, championing the switch from laser to inkjet technology and as part of this, reducing print costs for its customers. Since establishing its East African operations […]

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Five Technologies that Have Majorly Shaped Modern Meetings and Conferences

Since the invention of the worldwide web and the coining of the term ‘internet of things’, the rate of growth in this field has grown and accelerated remarkably; touching on basically every facet of life. This article by Jumia Travel team examines different innovations that have bolstered great convenience and efficiency in the meetings and […]

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How Tech Entrepreneurs Can Leverage Millennials in Africa

Millennials are determining the conduct of business the world over. In Africa, they form 37% of the population. This bulge in youth population makes Africa the continent with the youngest population on earth. About Millennials They are more amenable to new ways of businesses. Due to their ability to fit into emerging structures, they are […]

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What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure as a base to deliver key services in […]

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Samsung wearables to support Under Armour’s suite of fitness apps

Samsung has announced a new partnership with Under Armour that will see the mobile technology company’s wearable devices and smartwatches support Under Armour fitness apps. The partnership which was announced during the CES 2017 will see all of the four apps – UA Record, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and Endomondo that are part of under Armour’s Connected […]

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Transport CS says SGR Locomotives are of high quality, to be in Kenya in January

This is probably something most Kenyans have been waiting for. Six of the 56 diesel locomotives for operations of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) have been dispatched from China. The 4 passenger locomotives, (DF8B) and two shunters (DF7G) are expected to be in the country by January 31. Kenya Railways had ordered 56 trains to […]

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Security Increasing Priority for Tech Investments by World’s Airports

Airports are placing a higher priority on IT investments for passenger and airport security with 50% rating it a high priority, up from 37% last year. This is according to the 2016 Airport IT Trends Survey, the extensive annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry co-sponsored by SITA  and Airports Council International […]

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US-based IT firm, Cognizant Technology Solutions, under probe for bribery  

The ongoing bribery investigations on Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTL) could spill over to the firm’s clients based in other countries, including parts of Africa where the US-based IT company is starting to gain traction. By end of October, Cognizant investors have lost over US $ 4.5 billion, with industry analysts expressing fears that the bribery […]

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Safaricom opens internship applications for its Women In Technology initiative

Internship applications for the Safaricom Women in Technology initiative are now open. The internships will target 40 female university students with a further 18 internships open to all university applicants and an additional four internships that will be filled through the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya. Safaricom says it plans to recruit 62 […]

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Safetrac partners with Arvento to deliver World-Class fleet management Technology Solutions in Kenya

A few months after announcing its plans to launch in Kenya, Safetrac Limited has announced a  partnership with Arvento to provide advanced fleet management solutions to consumers in the East African Region. Arvento is one of the world’s largest vehicle tracking and fleet management companies in the world. This partnership according to the two companies is […]

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Tigo Tanzania launches 5th edition Annual ‘Digital Changemakers’ Awards

Tigo Tanzania has patnerered with Reach for Change, a Tanzanian bases non-profit organisation to launch the 5th annual ‘Tigo Digital Changemakers’ Award competition. The competition aims at identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs who use digital tools and technology to improve communities and impact future generations. This year, Tigo says it is looking for innovations that […]

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Has the nerd become too unfriendly?

Recently, I asked a friend to accompany me to a meetup of tech savvies in Nairobi. Being in Nairobi, I have grown accustomed to the everyday tech meetups that are happening all over. It has suddenly become the “thing” in town. However, after the meetup on our way back home, my buddy vowed to never […]

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Leading decision makers in Africa to gather in Lagos for the 2016 Telecom Media Technology conference

Leading decision makers in African telecoms, media, and technology (TMT) will gather in Lagos on September 20, for the 2016 TMT finance conference. Standard Bank has partnered with international news and events provider TMT Finance for the inaugural event that will feature over 60 key C-level speakers from the most active and innovative companies, investors and […]

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Here is how Kenyan companies should use tech tools to add value to their recruitment process

The job market in Kenya is a paradox. On the one hand, an estimated 2.5 million youth are unemployed; on the other employers find it difficult to fill key positions that require scarce skills. Some 71.8% of Kenyan employers who took part in a recent Corporate Staffing Services survey  said they receive too many job […]

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How PortableVoices is changing information sharing in Kibera

With the world changing at a rapid pace, so many industries rising, technology leading to more efficient and effective ways of doing things and globalization interconnecting people, communication is also growing. Increasing accessibility to information through different forms of communication is one of the critical things that continues to contribute to the growth of developing […]

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Philips showcases its healthier innovations solutions at the Innovation Experience 2015

Around the globe, disruption, innovation, and the rapid pace of technological development is reshaping consumer experience, as well as the operating environment for organizations of all sizes and within every industry. The healthcare industry is no exception.  Today, technological and business innovation is empowering companies and healthcare professionals to deliver medication, treatment, as well as more […]

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The technology tale of the Shanzhen town

Over three decades ago Shanzhen was a small town in the Southern part of China where its residents were mainly fishermen and farmers. The city was originally a hilly area, with fertile agrarian land. However, after becoming a special economic zone in 1979, Shenzhen underwent tremendous change in landscape. Most of these smaller hills have […]

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Simple technologies can tackle the most pressing problems in the developing world

Innovations in science and technology have transformed the world in recent decades. But a good innovation aimed at solving basic needs does not need to be high-tech.It is often simple technologies that solve challenges in housing, access to water, food and energy, sanitation systems, education and healthcare. These are things that are taken for granted […]

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Big Data: Why you can’t afford to ignore it.

Due to the emergence of new technologies, communication means like social networking sites & devices, the amount of data being produced by mankind is increasing rapidly. Everything we do using our devices is increasingly leaving a digital trace of data which can be used and analyzed. Since the beginning of time until 2003, the amount […]

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DHL Africa Launches pocket-sized, all-touch computers to meet increasing delivery demands

DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa has launched pocket-sized, all-touch computers that capitalize on the latest technological advancements, and ensure customers on the continent benefit from increased visibility and an enhanced experience. This according to the company is due to rise of e-commerce and increased competition which is driving the demand for real-time supply chain visibility. DHL […]

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Stima sacco launches m-pawa, a revolutionary mobile solution

By Nixon Kanali, TechTrendsKE Stima Sacco has unveiled a new service that will see its members access an array of financial solutions through their mobile phone. Dubbed M-Pawa, the service will enable member’s access an array of options with a click of a button. Stima Sacco says this product will revolutionize how the Sacco does […]

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Squad Digital Launches Innovation Lab to support Tech-preneurs

By Nixon Kanali, TechTrendsKE Squad Digital has today launched an innovation lab that is aimed at spurring technological growth through incubation and research in Kenya. Dubbed Squad Labs, the lab will have dedicated research and development teams responsible for creating innovative products “We want to drive cutting-edge innovation in the digital marketing space in Kenya […]

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African business leaders to focus on scientific progress in partnership with the World Bank

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, the prominent African businessman and Chairman of the Planet Earth Institute NGO , led the first meeting of the ‘Africa Business Champions for Science’ last month in London. The Africa Business Champions for Science is a new group of influential figures from industry with a passion for science, technology and innovation on […]

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Interview: How The Nairobi Dev School is equiping youth in East Africa with computer programming skills

The Nairobi Dev School equips youth in East Africa with computer programming skills and helps them build technology-based solutions to everyday challenges. The school was established in 2012 by Martha Chumo, a 21-year-old self-taught programmer, after she was denied a visa to study in the US. Chumo gave up a scholarship to study medicine after […]

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Tech enthusiasts to gather for the 2015 CMS Africa Summit on 13th-14March in Nairobi

From March 13 to 14th, great technology minds will be gathering at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi for the  2015  CMS AFRICA SUMMIT,  a premier open source tech event  happening for the second year now. The summit will bring together top ranking web developers, online marketers, payment integrators, software engineers, online retailers, […]

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M-KOPA Solar wins Zayed Energy Future Energy Award

  M-KOPA Solar has won the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize at the opening ceremony of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week becoming the first company headquartered in Sub-Saharan Africa to win in the enterprise and SME categories. M-KOPA Solar is the market leader in ‘pay-as-you-go’ energy services for off-grid customers – combining mobile payments with […]

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1,800 cameras to be mounted on Nairobi streets to improve security

In a project aimed at improving the security situation in the country through technology,  1,800 cameras will be  mounted in the streets of Nairobi and other public places to monitor what goes on around the city. This announcement was made today by President Uhuru Kenyatta while touring the National Police Service headquarters. Accompanied by his Deputy  William Ruto […]

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SAP Skills for Africa gains wider appeal among recent graduates

A total of 63 recent graduates were presented with SAP Certification at a graduation ceremony held at the University of Nairobi. The fully-sponsored programme admitted the students in October this year and is aimed at bridging the demand for specialised ICT skills in Kenyan companies and increasing the youth employability. The students are now ready […]

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Namibia becomes first African country to embrace E-Voting

Namibia becomes the first African country to adopt the e-voting technology. The counry will vote in Africa’s first electronic ballot coming Friday. The E-Voting Machines, or EVMs, were acquired  at a cost of 24 million Namibia dollars from an Indian company and according to the company, they are equipped with technology that is designed to eliminate flaws […]

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#CIO100EA: Players Discuss the Trends of Tech in East Africa

In the just concluded, 4th annual CIO100 Awards IT key players across the East Africa region came together to discuss the tech trends across the East Africa region. The event themed as Measuring Enterprise Innovation also saw the launch of the CIO100 East Africa Mega Trends Report’ compiled by PwC. The report highlighted the behaviors […]

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