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Dr William Mapham.
#Designindaba2018: SA's crowd-sourced solution for a global problem

Dr William Mapham, an ophthalmologist hailing from the Eastern Cape, who conceived the Vula app, whilst working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland and experiencing first-hand the difficulties faced by rural health workers in need of specialist advice, spoke on Day 2 of Design Indaba and received a standing ovation...

By Sue Disler 1 day ago

#StartupStory: Whizzky app goes big in SA, Europe, US
#StartupStory: Whizzky app goes big in SA, Europe, US

Whizzky is a homegrown mobile app for whisky lovers conceptualised and developed by Craig Stockden of Evolve IT, in partnership with Whisky Live...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 day ago

Louis Koen
Is the cost of cloud migration really worth it?

In a recent poll* by Unisys which canvassed 400 businesses in eight countries, only 59% conducted a formal analysis of the potential ROI of cloud migration. However, 80% of respondents expected cost savings from shifting to cloud-based systems...

By Louis Koen 1 day ago

Not all African startups need VC money
Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process.

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Egypt
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Egypt

Which African country has the best conditions for launching, or investing in, a tech startup? Disrupt Africa has been talking to the great and the good from various African tech ecosystems to find out what it is that makes them so great.

By Tom Jackson 3 days ago

Smart building data makes business sense
Smart building data makes business sense

Buildings have become so much more than brick, mortar and glass...

By Neil Cameron 3 days ago

Why 2018 could be brighter for SA startups
Why 2018 could be brighter for SA startups

The South African economy is showing early signs of turning the corner after a couple of years of disappointing growth and high volatility, meaning 2018 holds promise of increased opportunities for local SMEs...

By Tom Jackson 16 Feb 2018

Nigerian e-library startup Panacea launches Android app
Nigerian e-library startup Panacea launches Android app

Nigerian e-library startup Panacea has launched its Android app, which allows users to rent books, search for study mates and create book clubs...

By Tom Jackson 15 Feb 2018

Why it's time to reevaluate your customer communication, starting with email
Why it's time to reevaluate your customer communication, starting with email

Email is by no means going the way of the fax machine just yet; most companies use it, and yet most don't use email very well...

By Wynand Smit 13 Feb 2018

How Nigeria's Thrive Agric is crowdfunding farmers
How Nigeria's Thrive Agric is crowdfunding farmers

Nigerian startup Thrive Agric is using a crowdfunding platform to provide farmers with the finance they need to grow their businesses and offer ordinary people the chance to invest in agriculture...

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

Data costs impacting African economies
Data costs impacting African economies

Education is food for the mind. It nourishes the brain. It develops intellectual and emotional maturity. Collectively it creates innovative people who improve their economy...

By Duduzile Mkhwanazi 12 Feb 2018

Applications to open for second Startupbootcamp Cape Town programme
Applications to open for second Startupbootcamp Cape Town programme

Startupbootcamp Cape Town is set to open applications for the second edition of its accelerator programme, which will see it embark upon a FastTrack in order to source top-tier tech startups from across the world...

By Tom Jackson 9 Feb 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Nigeria
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Nigeria

Which African country is the best place to launch, or invest in, a tech startup?

By Tom Jackson 9 Feb 2018

2018 hospitality IoT trends: Creating a home away from home
2018 hospitality IoT trends: Creating a home away from home

There's a seismic shift happening in the hospitality industry, forcing businesses to take their wireless infrastructure beyond just offering free Wi-Fi, to enabling next-generation guest journeys. Here are the four most important IoT and wireless trends for the coming year...

By Pieter Engelbrecht 8 Feb 2018

Brett St Clair
Your guide to the top three cloud computing trends of 2018

Digital transformation continues to grow with a predicted spend of $1.7 globally by 2019, a massive 42% increase on 2017 spend (IDC 2017). It is a given that cloud computing services will gain a phenomenal market share in Africa this year...

By Brett St Clair 8 Feb 2018

iRise opens applications for Somali incubator
iRise opens applications for Somali incubator

The recently-launched iRise hub has opened applications for its first incubation programme, which aims to mentor and support local entrepreneurs to help create sustainable and scalable businesses in Somalia...

By Tom Jackson 8 Feb 2018

Part II: The infrastructure that makes up the network of networks
Part II: The infrastructure that makes up the network of networks

Have you ever wondered "what is the internet really?" You're not alone. That's why I've developed a series of posts to explain how the internet works...

By Jarryd Chatz 6 Feb 2018

Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018
Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018

When you think 'IoT', is your first thought newly affordable, available sensors being added to products after they've been manufactured? If it is, well I believe 2018 will change that...

By Antony Bourne 5 Feb 2018

Tips for C-level employees when managing IT security risks
Tips for C-level employees when managing IT security risks

Although most companies have invested in IT security solutions focussing on mitigating threats like viruses and malware, many fall short of addressing more sinister risks such as fraud, identity theft and espionage...

By Charl Ueckermann 2 Feb 2018

The internet will be free one day
The internet will be free one day

What is the one thing your kids can't live without? It's not water. It's not electricity. It's not school. It's the internet...

By Alan Knott-Craig 1 Feb 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Kenya
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Kenya

Last week, Disrupt Africa kicked off a new series, in which we have spoken to the great and the good from various African tech scenes to find out what it is that makes them tick...

By Tom Jackson 1 Feb 2018

Mobile app fatigue - what is it and what can you do about it?
Mobile app fatigue - what is it and what can you do about it?

Eight years after the global "app-splosion", even in a country like South Africa where smartphone adoption took a little longer than the rest of the world to catch up, "app-fatigue" is now a thing...

By Lynette Hundermark 1 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: ML and AI to bring about profound transformation
#BizTrends2018: ML and AI to bring about profound transformation

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) tools and platforms are gaining more prevalence and becoming easier to use. Drawing on the scalability of the cloud for initial training, these technologies will transform our businesses and lives...

By Brendan McAravey 30 Jan 2018

Dr Dawie de Wet
What's needed for large-scale satellite networks is not only technology

The success of the mobile market and the rapid adoption of the smartphone is often listed as a reference and motivation as to why large-scale satellite networks can be successful in Africa - a "if they can do it, we can do it" type of thinking...

By Dawie de Wet 29 Jan 2018

#Newsmaker: Mzamo Masito, Google's new CMO for SSA
#Newsmaker: Mzamo Masito, Google's new CMO for SSA

Google recently announced its appointment of Mzamo Masito as chief marketing officer for sub-Saharan Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jan 2018

SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway
SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway

South African startup Airbuy has rolled out its alternative payment gateway that allows e-commerce sites to accept payments without their customers exposing their banking details...

By Tom Jackson 25 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Alternative payment methods gaining ground in corporate travel
#BizTrends2018: Alternative payment methods gaining ground in corporate travel

Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention, and sometimes invention is spurred by convenience. Business travellers increasingly use not one or two, but three or four different payment mechanisms throughout the duration of their trip...

By Pascalle Albrecht 25 Jan 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: South Africa
Why my startup scene is better than yours: South Africa

There is much debate amongst entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders as to what African startup ecosystem is "biggest" or "best", and why.

By Tom Jackson 25 Jan 2018

How to avoid disaster in the wake of Spectre and Meltdown
How to avoid disaster in the wake of Spectre and Meltdown

Earlier this month, while the majority of South African business owners were still enjoying their summer holiday, the global technology industry suffered a rather devastating blow...

By Colin Thornton 23 Jan 2018

Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund
Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund

Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57 million ($70 million) toward its target size of €100 million ($122 million)...

By Tom Jackson 22 Jan 2018

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