iAfrikan BYTES features commentary on African technology news, insights, opinion and analysis with tech industry leaders and professionals. The podcasts are from interviews conducted by iAfrikan staff whether at events or when needed for commentary.
Developing an Afrikan digital village
We spoke with Andile Ngcaba, executive chairman and founding partner of Convergence Partners, to debunk this myth. Through the acquisition of South Africa's Syrex, a cloud hyper-convergence company, by inq., a Convergence Partners company, Ncgaba reveals Convergence Partners' investment approach towards digitizing Afrika, knitting an Afrikan digital village.
Importance of a technology ecosystem
Geekulcha, an urban-focused STEM incubation center with a nationwide network, is one of the most effective organizations for connecting, sharing ideas, and learning new skills among young, talented, creative, and ambitious tech brains.
In this episode of iAfrikan BYTES, we hear from its founder, Mixo Ngoveni, on the development of the digital technology skills in South African urban communities, as well as initiatives that target very scarce talents.
Analyzing online narratives in real-time
Yossabel Chetty of the Center of Analytics and Behavioral Change joins us on iAfrikan BYTES to talk about how her group utilizes brand monitoring technologies to track, monitor, and analyze online narratives in real-time to report on and prevent fake news.
Analog to digital migration
As mandated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the South African government is currently undertaking a process to migrate the transmission of analog television signals to digital. The South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) after an initial dispute with the country's Communications Minister on the proposed date for the analog switch-off, has now accepted the Gauteng High Court’s order to begin the process on 31 June 2022.
However, with just 165,000 Set-Top-Boxes (STB) supplied out of the remaining 2.9 million impoverished homes eligible for STBs, the SABC remains worried that turning off the analog TV signal before these families receive their STBs may jeopardize its public mission.
In this episode of iAfrikan BYTES, Siphumelele Zondi, host and senior producer of Network, the SABC's flagship technology show, joins us to explore the broadcaster's stance on the issue.
Connecting Africa to the Internet
Over approximately the past decade, Facebook has been investing millions of dollars into telecommunications infrastructure and partnerships to connect Africans to the Internet. What hasn't been clear during this period is whether or not these telecommunications infrastructure projects and partnerships are making an impact on reducing the digital divide.
A recent study conducted by Analysys Mason highlights how Facebook's investments in infrastructure and connectivity across Africa could deliver over $57 Billion in economic benefits over the next five years (2020–2024).
This is partly because, as demonstrated across different countries and communities, once you provide people with Internet access they are exposed to more opportunities.
In this episode of the iAfrikan BYTES podcast Kojo Boakye, Africa Director of Public Policy at Facebook joins us to share more information on Facebook's connectivity infrastructure projects and partnerships across Africa.
Formalizing and digitizing Africa's informal retail sector
Nigeria is no different from most African, if not all, in that most of its retail supply chain is informal and fragmented. Many companies have tried to tackle this market by introducing e-commerce business models that have worked in North America and Europe but they fast learn that the conditions on the ground in Africa are very different.
What makes this retail supply chain problem even more complex to solve is that each country is different and requires local understanding and adaptation of processes and business models. Having said that, there are many common things among African countries and cities when it comes to the retail sector.
Joining us on this episode of the iAfrikan BYTES podcast is Onyekachi Izukanne, the Founder and CEO of Nigeria’s TradeDepot. He walks us through what TradeDepot does, its expansion plans, and also shares some tips for startups looking to raise venture capital funding.
Keeping up to date
Helps me keep up to date with tech news in Africa.