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MainOne, CcHub, Others Partner for 2019 PitchDrive Asia Tour Stories

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The second edition of Co-Creation Hub’s PitchDrive tech tour is currently underway. Ten selected startups utilising hardware and deep technology tools in their businesses are travelling through five Asian cities pitching their businesses to investors in the Asian technology ecosystem and forging partnerships to scale.

During the two-week tech tour which will run until September 8, 2019, tech-focused media company, TechCabal is curating the tour in images, videos and blog posts. Tagged PitchDrive Tour Stories, we are happy to announce leading telecom and internet service infrastructure provider, MainOne and the one-customer bank, Sterling Bank, as sponsors for this segment of the tour.

During the tour, (co)founders will interact with deep tech and hardware communities in Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong, engage in pitch events with Asian tech giants such as Tencent and Transsion, and seek out collaborations, partnerships and potential investment opportunities to help them further grow and scale their businesses.

“We find that there’s a lot of interest from Asia in Africa and we believe there are opportunities for collaboration that could help strengthen the hardware and deep tech ecosystem in Africa,” says Damilola Teidi, Director of Incubation at CcHub.

Tayo Ashiru, Head Marketing at MainOne, stated that “MainOne’s interest in sponsoring the tour in borne out of our deep commitment to enable the tech startup ecosystem across Africa with a view towards ensuring that services and skills developed locally will have access to capital and partners required to scale their businesses to reach a broader market.”

PitchDrive Tour Stories will curate the tour on-the-go and in a documentary production to be released at the end of the tour. The documentary will shed light on the entrepreneurial journeys of each of the founders and as they interact with the technology scene and culture of Asia.

The participating startups come from seven African countries and work in a diverse range of sectors. They include: Moroccan safety IoT device company Casky; Rwandan smart transport solution company, AC Group;  Nigeria’s Gricd, a cold chain technology for transportation of healthcare and agricultural produce; Access Afya, a Kenyan primary healthcare social enterprise using technology to deliver affordable and effective health access;  Ugandan CHIL AI Lab which leverages AI to improve cancer diagnostic services; and taeillo, a Nigerian furniture and design company leveraging mixed reality to improve customer experience.

Others include Enova Robotics from Tunisia which specialises in mobile robot development for security purposes; Flare, a Kenyan uber-like company which aggregates ambulance/emergency options for easy access; LIFI-LED, an Ivorian energy startup providing electricity and internet connectivity to difficult-to-access communities, and Nigeria’s Reliance HMO, which employs a consortium of tools to make health insurance accessible and affordable.

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Global Tech Leaders to Discuss Enabling Technology, Cloud Computing @ #NerdsUnite2020

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Over 500 IT professionals from enterprise organisations across West Africa will convene in Lagos on February 21, 2020 for MainOne’s 5th annual gathering of its flagship event, Nerds Unite, themed: “Enabling the Digital Economy”.

This year’s event will showcase the launch of its Managed Cloud Services in partnership with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Operated by Selectium. The event will feature presentations and panel discussions on Cloud adoption, Cloud migration and all things Cloud with MainOne and its global partners.

Featuring over 10 speakers from global tech companies and West African Corporate organizations, #NerdsUnite2020 is designed to facilitate discussions on trending developments in the IT sector to help professionals deliver increased value to their organizations.

The event’s keynote addresses will be given by Ernest Sales, CEO Hewlett Packard Enterprises Operated by Selectium and Wale Olokodana, Microsoft Business Group Director.

Speaking on expectations for this year’s event, Tayo Ashiru, Head of Marketing MainOne says, “For the past 4 years, Nerds Unite has delivered powerful technology insights and networking opportunities for organizations and tech enthusiasts alike.

This year we expect that with our panel of dynamic speakers, partners and launch of our Managed Cloud Services, the energy around Nerds Unite 2020 will be electrifying. These developments will help accelerate the digital transformation across all sectors and the ICT ecosystem in West Africa, supported by technological innovation and world class partners.”

With over 3,000 participants since inception, Nerds Unite has showcased leading technology solutions available locally and globally and has hosted major players in the international and local IT industry.

This year’s edition is set to further empower the tech ecosystem with the industry’s latest developments, centering on unique perspectives on Cloud Computing targeted at C-Level executives and IT professionals of blue-chip organizations across West Africa.

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EduTech Records First Online Degree Graduates

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After an eventful five years, EduTech has recorded its first batch of graduates in its degree programme.

EduTech Records First Online Degree Graduates

The 37 graduating students took part in the recent 44th Convocation Ceremony of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and bagged B.Sc degrees in Accounting.

Expressing delight at the successful completion of the degree programmes, Femi Shonubi, general manger, EduTech, said the graduation ceremony was a validation of the firm’s e-learning platform and its ability to provide students with a robust system leading to the award of a degree.

“We are grateful to our partners -the OAU Management -as well as the students for trusting our solution,” Shonubi said.

Introduced in 2014 to deepen the experience of the university’s part-time learning programme, the EduTech platform replaced the erstwhile weekend learning mode with an online blended mode that is accessible to students remotely through an internet connection.

Through this epoch-making partnership with OAU, EduTech successfully launched B.sc degree programmes in Accounting, Economics and Nursing; with other courses of study in the pipeline.

“EduTech is pleased to contribute its quota to nation building by providing seamless platforms for students to conveniently take part in course work from their homes or offices and earn a full degree. We are happy to work with a progressive-minded institution like the OAU Center of Distance Learning to facilitate their Accounting, Economics and Nursing degree programmes. We are also very excited on our soon-to-be launched partnership with the Babcock University Centre for Open Distance and e-Learning where prospective students will be able to leverage our platforms to study for degree awarding courses from the university,” Shonubi said.

 

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United Nations Officials Barred from Using WhatsApp

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Amid growing concerns over WhatsApp’s security, the United Nations (UN) has asked its officials to not use the messaging app because “it’s not supported as a secure mechanism.”

United Nations Officials Barred from Using WhatsApp

This comes after UN experts accused Saudi Arabia of using the online communications platform to hack the phone of Amazon chief executive and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

A UN spokesman said officials were barred from using WhatsApp since June 2019 over security, Yahoo reports.

“The senior officials at the U.N. have been instructed not to use WhatsApp, it’s not supported as a secure mechanism,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday they had received information that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked through a WhatsApp account belonging to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Bezos’ phone got hacked after he received a WhatsApp message “apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince”.

The UK newspaper The Guardian reported that the “encrypted message from the number is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of digital forensic analysis.”

The analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the newspaper said.

“The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on May 1 of that year, the unsolicited file was sent,” Guardian said quoting anonymous sources.

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