Sandile NgcoboTBT: Meet Sandile Ngcobo, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) scientist responsible for developing the world’s first digital laser, he has won international renown with his breakthrough. in laser technology. Sandile Ngcobo conducted the breakthrough experimental work as part of his PhD studies. His thesis involved an investigation into digital lasers, a project he took up with some pointers from his boss Professor Andrew Forbes research group leader, who had spent several years on the subject. “I just quietly kept going,” says Ngcobo. “People had been looking at it too closely for too long. But I came at it with a different perspective, a fresh approach. Most of the mistakes being made were in terms of programming. I started doing everything from scratch.”

The laser allows scientists to digitally control laser beams and shape new ways of developing technology that will improve various aspects of everyday such as faster broadband and medical advancements. Researchers at South Africa’s CSIR in unveiling the world’s first digital laser said the discovery is significant for the communications, medicine and manufacturing industries as lasers are used in delicate surgeries such as Lasik eye surgery….  The innovation is regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur future laser-related developments.

  “I believe the digital laser will be a ‘disruptive’ technology. This is technology which may change the status quo and which could create new markets and value networks within the next few years or decade. The research into the digital laser continues. It adds to the CSIR’s strong track record in the development of laser technology in mathematical optics,”Sandile Ngcobo

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MysimaxJ. X. PaulinBenjamin Franklin once said: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. However, while educational tools are always more innovative in developed countries, emerging economies have an urgent need for educational improvement at all levels.

Having made this alarming observation, some investors have decided to design a project that will contribute to this development in developing countries, especially in Africa. They are certain that the establishment of new technology is crucial for the improvement of education. Mysimax is a brand engaged in the development, production, and marketing of educative tablet PCs and mobile platforms in emerging markets.

What is Mysimax’s project?

Mysimax is based in China, and its purpose is to provide African students with high-technology. Mysimax also offers specific scholarship funds for African students. Mysimax will send students to the best universities in Shanghai, which will help develop a rapport between the two cultures.

Mysimax’s project in Africa can become an astounding first, a symbol of Africa’s opening up to the rest of the world. It will enable countries that use its products to lead the continent in the development of new technologies and to assume leadership in a new Africa.

How this kind of project can emerge in Africa?

Mysimax’s project also aims to provide access to technology for the whole society. This can only be possible through partnership with local investors or communities including governments, administrations, schools, and any organisations associated with public communities.

JX Paulin an entrepreneur with a vision for Africa

During his 20-year work experience in China, with a decade as an entrepreneur, JX Paulin spotted the impact technology can have on a country’s development. He was one of the few Europeans to believe in the growth of China as a world leading power even 20 years ago, and he perceives the very same potential in Africa today. This is why he created Mysimax to inspire and fight against knowledge poverty.

Enthusiasm of local partners

Overall, partner feedback have been very good, and interest in Mysimax’s project is very high.

The project already closed several deals with schools in different countries including AFRAM in Gabon, which represents more than 7,000 students who will soon be using this technology.

How can Mysimax keep growing in Africa?

“So far, we have been self-funded. It was a good experience, because it gave us the freedom and flexibility we wanted to launch our forward thinking concept. Now that we have received interest from schools and government alike, we want to push the envelope. There is so much we can do in terms of knowledge input and sharing, health and safety programmes and so on. Raising funds will enable us to bring different actors into our company and widen our reach,” says JX Paulin.

While Afro-sceptics are wondering whether it’s the right time to enter the African market, many progressive businessmen, as Paulin, are already settling in the developing market. It is apparent that there are still some obstacles, which make it complicated to enter the market, including slowness and unwillingness of government authorities to recognise the need for technology and innovation. However, if foreign innovative companies manage to enter the market, the outcome will be rewarding for both countries’ development and entrepreneurs.

Source: howwemadeitinafrica

omobola johnsonomobola johnsonNigeria’s minister of communication technology, Omobola Johnson, revealed Thursday that the federal government will be investing N1.5 billion on software development and African startups.

The staggering amount is equivalent to roughly U.S.$9 million and will give Nigerian startups the backing they need to grow their businesses and fuel economic growth in the country.

According to Johnson’s address at the third edition of Demo Africa, the government will be conducting the first case of the Information and Technology Innovation Fund in a few days.

This means the first large investment into the African technology startups could be just a few short weeks away.

Johnson said that in the next few days, 40 startups will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and solutions in order to secure the funding they need to move forward with their businesses.

“I understand that in the two years of Demo Africa, alumni has generated over $8 million worth of investments, businesses and partnership,” Johnson said according to Sun News Online. “This is how you create jobs, new business opportunities, expand economics, improve social well-being of citizens.”

She also said that it’s key that those types of results “speak directly” to the country’s “ ‘companies and not code’ philosophy in the Ministry of Community Technology.”

Johnson believes that fueling new Internet opportunities can create vast economic expansion and create wealth and jobs for many of the country’s citizens.

“It is good to show prowess in software development, but it is even better to develop business and companies that are powered by that software,” she said. “The recent IPOs of Twitter and Ali Baba are testimonies of what is possible. I can’t imagine that it is too often that you get this level of government participation in Demos around the world…But governments, indeed, African governments, have an important role to play in catalyzing the startup industry as evidenced in the U.S. and, of course, Israel.”

If the startups are successful and other African governments follow in these footsteps, the growth of the entire continent’s gross domestic product could be exponential.

“One report highlights this potential and predicts that the Internet can contribute up to $300 billion to Africa’s GDP by 2025 and this is from an estimated $18 billion in 2013,” Johnson added. “While mobile subscriptions in sub-Sahara Africa are forecasted to exceed 635 million by the end of this year and predicted to rise around 930 million by the end of 2019.”

Johnson said Africa is in the “cusp of a mobile Internet revolution” and that itself has the potential to permanently change the playing field for all African startups.

Predictions have already surfaced suggesting that Africa’s mobile Internet use could increase 30-fold in the next five years – roughly double the estimated growth rate for other countries across the globe.

 Source: Atlantablackstar

Larisa Bowen-DodooMeet Larisa Bowen-Dodoo, is an engineering graduate from the University of Ghana, currently a Teaching Assistant at the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Ghana and founder of Levers in Heels.  Levers in Heels seeks to inspire, connect, and build a record of Ghanaian women in (STEM)-related careers via social media. She is a Student Network Coordinator for the Ghana Biomedical Convention, an active NGO in Ghana in close partnership with the Ghana Biomedical Research Network (GBRN) in North America, committed to advancing bio-medicine and promoting health in Ghana. Larisa also mentors for Tech Needs Girls Ghana, an organization for young Ghanaian girls who want to grow in the world of technology.

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Regina Agyare, the CEO of Soronko SolutionsMeet Regina Agyare, the CEO of Soronko Solutions a software development company in Accra. Soronko Solutions provides unique technology innovations that help make African businesses far more efficient, and also creates innovative programs to improve the lives of children. Soronko Solutions also develops affordable technology solutions across different channels, for web, mobile, point of sale devices, and ATMs. Agyare started an initiative called “Tech Needs Girls,” teaching computer skills to girls living in poor areas. Her story is inspiring to many who feel discouraged by both people and challenges. In fact, these types of African success stories prove that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. Watch the inspiring on CNN here