Hello Firefox OS Community,
It’s Friday and it’s time for our weekly round-up. We have some great news for African start-ups! Twitter has finally expanded its ad services to our continent and Tunisia is about to become the leader of the French-speaking African digital scene! How about that?!
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Continuing this week’s highlights…
ICT Pitso 2015 – Botswana
The Ministry of Transport and Communications hosted the ICT Pitso on August 25-26 at Gaborone International Convention Center (GICC). This was held under the theme: Embracing ICT’s for a Transformation Change.
As a home giveaway Mozilla Botswana had a few key recommendations for the conference on how youths, women and people living with disabilities can be empowered through ICT applications and services, as a way of bridging digital literacy in society. This kind of event is normally held to put strategies together, in order to contribute to the functional links among ICT stakeholders, and improve institutional frameworks, interaction and involvement of all players. However this event has also been covered by other local media correspondents: Mmegi.
Twitter finally allows African targeting!
Good news for Africa! Twitter announced they are going to expand their self-service ad platform from 33 countries to over 200 countries and territories, as well as allowing targeting to African audiences! Indeed, small and medium-sized businesses will be able to create ads in 15 languages – which shows Twitter’s willingness to reach more people, especially our continent.
— Richard Alfonsi (@ralfonsi) September 2, 2015
We need more women in tech!
We all know that gender equality in tech is far from perfect. This situation has been highlighted by the report Doubling Digital Opportunities: Enhancing the Inclusion of Women and Girls in the Information Society which forecasts that within the next three years, the number of women online will be less than the number of men online by 350 million. Fortunately, this topic is being discussed more across the continent and we are proudly supporting our WoMoz and all the women in tech in Africa and in the world.
Talking about women in tech, we also came across a cool article highlighting inspirational women in tech including Titilope Sonuga. She is the spokesperson of Intel’s 2015 She Will Connect, which aims to educate young girls and women on how technology can contribute towards economic and social development across the world. We invite you to learn more about her story here.
“To realise your dreams, you need to be plugged into the world around you. I believe that everyone should have access to their dreams and everyone should have opportunities to actualise themselves. Anything that you want to be, you can be.” Titilope Sonuga
Start-upBootCamp – Selections open until 31.10
Another piece of good news for African innovators – StartupBootCamp announced that you can apply until the 31st of October 2015! The selection of African start-ups will take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg on the 7th of November. Find out more information about this great competition here.
Tunisia, leader of the French-speaking African digital world
French-speaking Africa is speeding up its digital transformation with Tunisia being the leader in the movement. According the Les Echos , more than 10,000 engineers specialised in tech are graduating every year; there are more initiatives – even in the public sector – to become more digital. Learn more about the country’s development here.