ASEN Presents the Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) 2018

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 22 February 2017 – Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN: is an umbrella non-government and non-for profit association of STEM charities, philanthropist and volunteers in Nigeria. The main objective of the association is to promote, develop and nurture STEM education and its application in Nigeria.

Competition Description:
Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but it also has the highest disease burden in the world. PARC 2018 challenges African student to devise solutions to provide access to quality Health services using science and technology – Surgical Robotics, Wearable Biosensors, Hand-held Point of Care Diagnostics, Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare education, Organs on a chip, Internet of Things for Healthcare, Drug/Vaccine development, and manufacturing, etc. The PARC 2018 which takes place once a year will be taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The competition will be divided into four (4) categories:

  1. Tech League (Grades: 4 – 8), Age: 11 – 15 years, Challenge: It’s an Outbreak
  2. Stars League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Manufacturing Medicine
  3. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  4. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Brainiacs STEM & Robotics, Roboglobal Education Consultancy, Letslearn.ng, Aramex, DocuLand, Start-up Arewa and Young Innovators are collaborating with ASEN to organize Hackathon to select a team to join the ASEN’s Nigerian delegation to Rwanda for PARC 2018. The selection will focus on the following 2 categories as outlined in by PARC:

  1. Makers League (Grades: 9 – 12), Age: 15 – 19 years, Challenge: Hospitals of the Future
  2. Engineering League (Grades: Undergraduates), Challenge: Enabling the Disabled

Refer to PARC website via this link http://parcrobotics.org/files/parc2018kigali.pdf for details of the rules and guidelines for the competition. Each team will be required to develop a solution in line with the theme and guidelines issued by PARC.

The Hackathon will hold on in Kaduna, the capital city of Kaduna State as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Kaduna ICT Hub, 47 Kanta Road, Kaduna

The Hackathon will hold on in Lagos as follows:

Date: 24th February 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: 78A Isale Eko Road, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The PARC Final Hackathon will hold in Kigali Rwanda as follows:

Day: 25th March 2018 – 28th March 2018
Venue: Kigali Convention Centre, KG 2 Roundabout, Kimihurura Kigali Rwanda

Winners of the Hackathon will be sponsored to join the Nigerian team under the ages of 15 and above.

How to be a participant: Interested students should form a team of 3 individuals and register here with the following information:

  1. Individual team member’s names
  2. Team name
  3. Names of schools/university
  4. Course of study (for university students)
  5. Name of team lead
  6. Short abstract of your team idea and
  7. Passport numbers.

Only selected teams will be allowed to participate in the hackathon. Registration for the hackathon closes on the 22nd February at 12 midnight Nigerian time.

How to get involved to be a team manager and/or coach: Volunteers interested in supporting and mentoring the winners ahead of departure to Kigali can register here and indicate how they want to support.

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Association of STEM Educators in Nigeria – ASEN

Sky’s Most Anticipated Drama Britannia Available Exclusively on iflix

From today, iflix subscribers across the region including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe can stream or download each episode from the moment of release, exclusively on iflix

AudioAge – Cape Town, South Africa – January 22, 2018 – iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, is pleased to announce it will be the exclusive online home for Sky’s highly anticipated historical period drama Britannia. From today, iflix subscribers across the region including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe can stream or download each episode from the moment of release, exclusively on iflix.

Set in 43AD, Britannia tells the story of the determined, but terrified Roman invaders and the occupied Celts and Druids, whose lives are changed forever by the arrival of a new world order. Britannia begins in 43AD as the Roman Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the mysterious forces of the Underworld. Arch Celtic rivals Kerra (Kelly Reilly) and Antedia (Zoë Wanamaker) must face the Roman invasion led by the towering figure of Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey) as it cuts a swathe through the Celtic Resistance. Britannia joins iflix Africa’s extensive library of popular exclusive titles from Sky including Riviera and Tin Star.

Evert van der Veer, iflix Head of Content, Africa and the Middle East, commented: “The addition of Britannia is a testament to iflix’s commitment to showcase the very best international content to subscribers across the region. We are excited to partner with Sky to bringing our customers this year’s most anticipated new series before any other entertainment platform in the region.”

Currently available in 25 markets across Asia, MENA, and sub-Saharan Africa, iflix offers consumers a vast library of top Hollywood, regional, and local TV shows and movies including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary one-month trial with full access to its service, features and content. Go to www.iflix.com to register.

ABOUT IFLIX

iflix (www.iflix.com) is the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. With a vast selection everyone’s favourite comedies, drama, K-drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies, live sports and more from Hollywood, the UK, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix places the entertainment people want at their fingertips to either stream or download. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet or TV, wherever, whenever.

Let’s play.

iflix is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

MEDIA CONTACT
Kathryn Mechie
Regional PR & Communications Manager
(+27) 0711382253
Kathryn@iflix.com

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iflix

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2018 African Economic Outlook: African Development Bank makes a compelling case for Africa’s industrialization

The Bank would organise the Africa Investment Forum on November 7-8, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to mobilise funds for infrastructure development, to bridge an estimated funding gap of $130-$170 billion a year

AudioAge – Abidjan, Ivory Coast – January 19, 2018 – The President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina, has made a compelling case for accelerating Africa’s industrialization in order to create jobs, reduce poverty and promote inclusive economic growth.

Citing data from the Bank’s 2018 African Economic Outlook (http://APO.af/GHTmei) launched in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Wednesday, Adesina said infrastructure projects were among the most profitable investments any society can make as they “significantly contribute to, propel, and sustain a country’s economic growth. Infrastructure, when well managed, provides the financial resources to do everything else.”

Noting that economic diversification is key to resolving many of the continent’s difficulties, he urged African governments to encourage a shift toward labour-intensive industries, especially in rural areas where 70 percent of the continent’s population resides.

“Agriculture must be at the forefront of Africa’s industrialization,” he said, adding that integrated power and adequate transport infrastructure would facilitate economic integration, support agricultural value chain development and economies of scale which drive industrialization.

He reminded the audience of policy-makers and members of the diplomatic corps in Côte d’Ivoire that economic diversification via industrialization with tangible investment in human capital will enable the continent’s rapidly growing youth population to successfully transition to productive technology-based sectors.

Adesina also highlighted the relatively unknown win-win situation that Africa’s industrialization can generate within the developed world, citing data from the report, which notes that “increasing the share of manufacturing in GDP in Africa (and other Less Developing Countries) could boost investment in the G20 by about US $485 billion and household consumption by about US $1.4 trillion.”

The Bank President highlighted various innovative ways in which African countries can generate capital for infrastructure development and what the Bank is doing through its ambitious High 5 development agenda to address the issues raised in the report.

He announced that the Bank would organise the Africa Investment Forum on November 7-8, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to mobilise funds for infrastructure development, to bridge an estimated funding gap of $130-$170 billion a year, up from previous estimates of US $100 billion per year.

New infrastructure financing gap estimates and innovative ways through which African countries can raise funds for infrastructure development are among the highlights of the 2018 edition of the report, which was launched at the Bank’s headquarters for the first time in the publication’s 15-year history.

The African Economic Outlook was first published in 2003 and launched mostly in various African capitals outside the Bank’s headquarters in May each year.

In his remarks, Célestin Monga, the Bank’s Chief Economist and Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, said the African Economic Outlook has become the flagship report for the African Development Bank, providing data and reference material on Africa’s development that are of interest to researchers, investors, civil society organizations, development partners and the media.

This year’s edition focuses on macroeconomic development and structural changes in Africa, and outlines economic prospects for 2018. The report emphasizes the need to develop Africa’s infrastructure, and recommends new strategies and innovative financing instruments for countries to consider, depending on levels of development and specific circumstances.

Abebe Shimeles, Acting Director, Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research, said the Bank will publish Regional Economic Outlooks for Africa’s five sub-regions. The self-contained, independent reports, to be released at the Bank’s Annual Meetings in May 2018, will focus on priority areas of concern for each sub-region and provide analysis of the economic and social landscape, among other key issues.

Participants at the launch session, moderated by the Bank’s Director of Communications and External Relations, Victor Oladokun, included members of the diplomatic community in Côte d’Ivoire, representatives of international organisations and multilateral development banks, civil society and the media.

The African Economic Outlook is produced annually by the African Development Bank. The full report is available in English, French and Portuguese at www.AfDB.org/aeo. Official hashtag: #2018AEO

For more information or to request a hard copy of the report, please contact:

SOURCE
African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

MEDIA CONTACT
Olivia Ndong Obiang, Principal Communication Officer, tel. +225 7575 0215, O.Ndong-Obiang@AfDB.org
Solange Kamuanga-Tossou, Media Relations Assistant, tel. +225 2026 2978, S.Kamuanga-Tossou@AfDB.org

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Ringier Africa signs pan-African content agreement with The New York Times

Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) will publish New York Times journalism under its new media brand Pulse in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria

AudioAge – Zurich, Switzerland – January 15, 2018 – Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) (http://Ringier.com) further expands its news and media portfolio by entering into a digital content license agreement with The New York Times News Service (www.NYTimes.com) and Syndicate, the licensing and syndicate division of The New York Times. RADP will publish New York Times journalism under its new media brand Pulse in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. Pulse informs and entertains Africa’s mass and mobile population with a reach of 100 million people every month.

The launch of New York Times journalism on Pulse will bring award-winning reporting and storytelling to Africa’s informed readership. The New York Times is a globally renowned media outlet for news and opinion, which will complement Pulse’s news coverage. Pulse readers will now have access to The New York Times’ top news of the day as well as a selection of other digital articles addressing key social, political and economic issues as well as videos, photos and graphics.

«Publishing content from The New York Times will be setting new standards in the regional media space, offering up-to-date information at any time of the day, directly to Africa’s media consumption tool of choice, the mobile phone, via the Pulse website and our newly launched mobile app» says Tim Kollmann, Managing Director of RADP.

This agreement consolidates Ringier’s position as Africa’s leading news brand. It signals a new strategic direction, expands Pulse’s editorial scope to include more politics, current affairs and international news stories and strengthens the platform’s followership. It also furthers RADP’s plan to build one of the most robust digital ecosystems in Africa by continuing to find new ways and platforms to engage and stay connected with users.

Ringier Africa & Asia CEO, Robin Lingg, adds: «Ringier is constantly reaching out to new opportunities to strengthen its position as an innovative and leading digital publisher. We are excited about this cooperation with The New York Times. We see a lot of great potential in the product and its further growth opportunities on the continent. The inclusion of New York Times journalism comes at an exciting time for our publishing company, as we continue to invest in building out a fast-moving, pioneering, credible and truly pan-African digital publishing network.»

The New York Times is known globally for innovation in its print and digital storytelling. With the Ringier agreement, New York Times journalism will reach a new digital audience. General Manager of News Services and Print Innovation for The New York Times, Michael Greenspon says: «Ringier has a deep understanding of the digital space and is the ideal partner to help us bring The New York Times voice to sub-Saharan Africa. We are delighted that this agreement will expand the reach of our journalism to new readers.»

Links: 

Pulselive.co.ke/the-new-york-times (http://APO.af/1jEnQv)
Pulse.com.gh/the-new-york-times (http://APO.af/ERHxiR)
Pulse.ng/the-new-york-times (http://APO.af/vfqk72)

 

Ringier Africa
Ringier Africa (http://Ringier.com) operates the continent’s leading online classifieds & integrated media groups. Ringier Africa forms part of Ringier AG, the leading international Swiss media group. The group owns and operates leading media, classifieds, marketing and eCommerce businesses across Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP)
RADP is Africa’s integrated media group, combining the leading proprietary and partner media assets with cutting-edge data insights and marketing as well as digital solutions to serve users
and advertisers optimally with news, entertainment, video, social engagement and immersive, 360 degree digital, creative and marketing experiences. Pan-African brands and licenses in the group include Pulse, Business Insider, Men’s Health/Health and The New York Times. Additionally, a dedicated creative department with Ringier Digital Marketing (RDM – Digital), Play Studio (Content) and RDM Academy (Training) complete the support for clients to reach 100s of millions of users with marketing and creative services. (www.Pulse.ng, www.Pulse.com.gh, www.Pulselive.co.ke, www.Pulselive.co.tz, www.Pulselive.ug, www.RDMAfrica.com, www.RDMAfrica.com/fr)

The New York Times Company
The New York Times Company (www.NYTimes.com) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The Company includes The New York Times, NYTimes.com, and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company at @NYTimesPR.

This press release is available for download on: www.Ringier.ch/en/media

SOURCE
Ringier AG

MEDIA CONTACT
Ringier AG, Corporate Communications
Media Relations, Ringier AG, Phone +41 44 259 64 48, Media@Ringier.com

Ringier AG
Media Relations
Dufourstrasse 23
CH-8008 Zurich
E Media@Ringier.com
T +41 44 259 64 44

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Africa: Telecom, Media and Tech leaders meet in Cape Town for regional investment event

Key decision makers from MTN, Vodacom, Econet Wireless, Safaricom, Millicom, Convergence Partners, Standard Bank, MainOne and Rand Merchant Bank are among the first key speakers announced for TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2018, which is taking place on March 15

AudioAge – Cape Town, South Africa- 10 January 2018 – The event gathers Africa’s top telecom, media and technology giants, plus their leading investors, financiers and advisers, to discuss future strategies for investment and regional growth. www.TMTfinance.com/capetown

Cape Town, South Africa will play host to the TMT Finance Africa event for the first time, which will see more than 200 regional and international telecom, media and technology leaders, investment bankers, investors, advisers and government representatives meet for a series of panel debates, visionary keynote speeches, structured networking sessions and private breakout discussions.

Around 70 speakers will be announced, with CxOs from leading operators confirmed from Vodacom, MTN, Econet Wireless, Safaricom, Millicom, Intelsat and 9Mobile; and financiers and investors including Standard Bank, Convergence Partners, Rand Merchant Bank, IFC, Absa Capital, Citi, Credit Suisse, Ethos Capital, Investec Asset Management, and Mamor Capital; plus tech and media companies including: Econet Media, Primedia, Letshego, iROKO, Uber, MainOne and WorldRemit, with around 30 more speakers to be announced www.TMTfinance.com/capetown/speakers

“Due to hugely popular demand from our global network, we are delighted to be bringing the TMT Finance franchise to Cape Town in order to meet the increasing demand for infrastructure and services in Africa’s flourishing TMT sector,” said Ben Nice, Managing Editor, TMT Finance. “South Africa is a critical hub for investment, M&A and innovation, and we are very excited to have already announced many of the region’s most influential people and leading companies for the event, which we envisage will now become a regular fixture in the TMT Finance global events calendar,” he added.

Key session themes announced include: Telecom Leadership Africa; Broadband Infrastructure Investment; Digital Africa; Mobile Tower Strategies; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity Africa; Spectrum sharing; Regulation and Policy; Financing TMT; Investing in Mobile Data and Services; Mobile Payments and Banking, Fintech and M-Health; and Media and Convergence.

To see the agenda, go to: www.TMTfinance.com/capetown/programme

To register, go to www.TMTfinance.com/capetown/register/

SOURCE
TMT Finance

MEDIA CONTACT
 Enquiries@TMTfinance.com

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