In 2011, the telecom sector in Uganda was awash with promotions promising subscribers almost free calls. As a result, call prices dropped by over 70% and a number of experts warned that these (price wars) were unsustainable and would ultimately hurt the sector. Cue to that, barely two years later,...
A team of five students of Makerere University have come up with an app, Mama-Ope, that will help diagnose Pneumonia earlier in young children. Born out of the Big Ideas Innovations global online competition, the team was part of two groups from Makerere University that were representatives from Africa, competing against more than...
Meet Andela, a startup that pays kids in Africa to learn how to code, then gives them high-paying jobs at Fortune 500 companies. Africa has the largest pool of untapped tech talent in the world, according to Jeremy Johnson. The 31-year old says that for two reasons: Human brilliance is evenly distributed around...
UGANDA’S week began with our 2015 Social Media Awards ‘Most Influential Personality’, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who we must call @AmamaMbabazi releasing his long-anticipated declaration that he would be pursuing the highest office in the land in stages starting with the NRM Political Party endorsement. That was unquestionably hot news...
Kenyan startup CladLight is to launch its Smart Jackets into the market by the end of this year, looking to improve road safety through wearable technology. CladLight was founded in November 2013, and has raised US$41,000 from the Nailab – where it was incubated – and a crowdfunding campaign. CladLight’s Smart...
After an intense evaluation process by a panel involving over 15 investors, PIVOT East is  happy to announce the top 25 exceptional startups that will participate in PIVOT East 2015. The finalists, 5 from each category were selected from the 50 semifinalists announced two weeks ago. The finalists from across the...
MY HERO of the day is Dr. Yusuf Nsubuga, Director of Basic and Secondary Education a the Ministry of Education in Uganda, for displaying sense and sensibility over the debate of accepting digital gadgets into Ugandan schools. When the pronouncement was made last year banning mobile phones in schools, it...
Over the last decade, our continent has taken commendable steps towards creating ICT-driven economies. From sensitization by all people of influence at various summits, conferences and all sorts of public gatherings, to direct interventions like ICT Innovation Hubs and hackathons. And of course the helping hand of governments and other...
June 27, marks the date for this year's Social Media Day celebration taking place in Kampala — bringing together influencers and innovators to talk about social media, Kampala, and technology’s ultimate role in a resurging city’s success - organized by VirtualTrends. Mashable, the leading source for news, information, and resources for the...
The world is going mobile, yes and we all agree because everyone wants to buy a smartphone. We have previously been using WhatsApp on our phones and it was working out really well but in the work environment we have really been distracted a lot from our computers(which still...