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Intel Lauds Aso Villa Demo Day Initiative as 3 Winners Emerge

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Intel Corporation has described Federal Government’s Aso Villa Demo Day (AVDD2016) Initiative as a critical computer and internet enabled approach to promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, job creation and

Grand finale of the Initiative that leverages new and emerging technologies held at Aso Villa State House Admin Banquet Hall, Abuja, on Friday, produced three winners- Tracology, RecyclePoints and Shuttlers NG and 27 other finalists.

The event which celebrated the tech startups’ innovation and creativity also featured inspiring talks from thought leaders and experts from different economic sectors in Nigeria.

Delivery closing speech President Muhammadu Buhari, represented Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, re-echoed that, “computer plays big role in our everyday lives, and even our extraordinary moments. Computer has become so powerful that youths today cannot say they want to be part of the government; they are already part of it and playing key roles”.

The President’s speech reaffirms Intel’s “With a Computer, You are Powerful” campaign launched last month and geared towards unlocking ability of young people to get online any time, read, research and explore different concepts that spur creative ideas for their business and/or lifestyle; “just a snippet of the kind of power a computer offers you.”

The Vice President said, “Most of the people who organised Aso Demo Day are working for the government in one capacity or the other with helping hands from the private sector. So, #AVDD2016 is the first titration in series of events mapped by the present administration to address employment and other economic issues in our country”.

VP Osibanjo who spoke reverently of Mark Zuckerberg, Founder/CEO of Facebook who was present at the event, also urged the Nigerian Youths not to relent on their pursuit of excellence in different endeavours.

He said, “We are happy to have Mark Zuckerberg in our midst as he has become source of inspiration to many youths. We are also working on different areas we are going to partner. Aso Villa Demo Day 2016 is the first titration; we look forward to more expanded programme by next year to give more youths the opportunity to express themselves”.

Nodding in agreement, Ekundare Olubunmi, Country manager of Intel, stated that the Aso Villa Demo pitch ties in appropriately to Intel’s core objectives of empowering Nigerians with technology.

He said” Technology is the backbone of the future economy. The rate of change brought about by technology and especially computers is exponential, hence, the reason Intel will continue to invest in technology and to support start -ups who have empowered themselves and Nigerians in general through the use of computer technology”

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Shuttlers NG
Damilola Olokesusi and Oluwabusola Majekodunmi are co-founders of Shuttlers NG, a mass transit application that enables professionals to access comfortable and efficient transportation to and from work using seat matching technology.

Speaking to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek Majekodunmi, said the application will redefine mass transit system in the country, particularly, traffic congested cities like in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja, among other.

“Shuttle professionals can book and track whatever journey they embark on to and fro. We have are working on the app, however, currently, professionals book on our site. When we refer to professionals, we mean, anyone that commutes to work or activities daily; we know how stressful it has been for people to drive to traffic without prior notice. We are entrenching safe, quality transport system that is affordable. We want to help the government maintain standard transportation system too.

“Through the application people can locate the jetties, bus stops and train stations. Someone can get to the jetty and prefer to continue his/her ride in a bus. So, currently, we run a subscription based model, but we are working towards enabling people book for, probably, cab via the system”.

Tracology
Tracology deploys Barcodes/QRcodes to residences serviced by registered utility/waste management companies.
 
These Barcodes/QRcodes are scanned on waste pickup day thereby verifying customers that have paid using electronic payment. The customers, in turn, pay online and on the delivery day.

Also speaking to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Emmanuel Okena, founder/CEO of Tracology said that the patented smart payment system will boost governments’ and utility companies’ revenue generation drive while engendering customer service satisfaction.

Okena said, “With Tracology we help government and utility companies whether it is waste, water or land use charge, we help them affix barcodes on the residence so that through the barcode it will be easier to identify their clients. It offers real time authentication of payment for services.

“We have seen with our technology is that it will enable us have cleaner cities, increased revenue generation, which leads to more civil serviced activities like building of roads, income generation, better return on investments for companies on our platform. It is a win-win situation for everybody that is involved.

“We like to thank Microsoft for giving us seed funding to position the company for early growth. Apart from the seed funding of N3.5million, they opened up the Microsoft Azure which we are using to post our software; supportive with mentorship and it has been a wonderful experience with Microsoft. “The next stage is for us to drive adoption across the country which will benefit all that will be part of it.

On his part, Alison Ukonu, CEO/founder, Recycle reiterated that RecyclePoints as a waste recycling and social benefit venture operates an incentive-based scheme which collects recyclable materials from post consumers and in turn rewards them with ‘points.’

These points, when accumulated, Ukonu said, could be used to redeem/shop for household items offered through its iRecycle store.

He told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that at RecyclePoints they encourage post-consumers to neatly separate and bag waste items for collection. Such items are: plastic waste; used beverage sachets; sachet water wastes; old newspapers; glass bottles, whether clear, amber or green and brown corrugated cartoons.

“So, registered subscribers are expected to call/sms us for recyclable wastes pickups. We operate a door-to-door collection or recyclable waste, through the services of RecyclablePoints registered wastebusters who are uniquely designed electric cargo tricycles to pickup and record quantities of waste collected from registered recyclers”.

He said that they have also mapped our designated drop-off centres called iRecycle Kiosks where post-consumers can on their own access to drop their recyclable waste materials.

 

 

 

 


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Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model

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Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.

Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.

The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.

Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg

Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com


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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

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There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.

Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.

The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.

However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.

They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.

“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.

By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.

Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.

Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.

Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.


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Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

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Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.

Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.

In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.

And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”

The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.

According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.

The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.

“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.

Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.

He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”

Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.

On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”

 


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