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OTOMATIK - Portable Offline Servers

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am
Made in Nigeria:

The Otomatik Server is a portable battery powered Wireless Server with no Internet connection and accessible from a User's mobile device via WiFi, this Server is ideal for delivering content to areas where Internet and Electricity are major deal breakers.

WAFRICA - A Creative Studio

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:41pm
From Serge Mouangue:

Venture Design Incubator - FrogVentures

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:00am
FC profiles FrogVentures from Frog:
In 2014, the global design consultancy Frog formalized a venture arm–a small experimental group called FrogVentures, tasked with helping entrepreneurs launch new products, often in exchange for equity. It was a risky move, especially at a difficult time for many design firms like Frog, as large tech companies hoovered up talent and brought design services in-house. But the gamble paid off. FrogVentures’s portfolio company LQD WiFi, which makes kiosks for cities that deliver free Wi-Fi, emergency alerts, and other information, sold to Verizon in 2016...[more]

Africa Express: the African cooks to look out for on London's streets

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 5:03pm
Killian Fox writing in the Guardian:
The continent’s diaspora never believed their delicious recipes would be appreciated in the UK. But a fresh generation of pop-up cooks is proving them wrongMore here

India's grassroots Innovation awards

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 6:00am
From SciDev:
India's presidential palace was the site of an unusual gathering this week, celebrating the democratic inclusion of people with no or little training in the country’s innovation system...[more]

How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:47pm
Erico Guizzo writing in IEEE Spectrum:
image viaThe latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field. We’ve seen how, over the last several years, open source software—platforms like the Robot Operating System (ROS), Gazebo, and OpenCV, among others—has played a huge role in helping researchers and companies build robots better and faster. Can the same thing happen with robot hardware?More here

Phileol-HVC : Biopesticide Company

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:00am
In Benin via SciDev:
Phileol-HVC is marketing a mixture of neem oil and essential oils branded BioPhyto. Designed for spraying horticultural crops, it costs a fraction of the price of synthetic pesticide, yet still provides the desired pest control and environmental benefits...[more]

Rwanda Craft Brewery

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:00am
Takepart reports on the work of Josephine Uwineza founder of Rwanda Craft Brewery:

A Collection of African-Made Low-Tech Cooling Units

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:01pm
Abdi Latif Dahir writing for Quartz:

Makers, open your kits!

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:53pm
Over at the Makery Carine Claude writes:
For coding, prototyping or just having fun, makers are always outdoing each with clever ways to fit digital fabrication into a box. Part 1 of our selection of kits, cases and other DIY boxes...[more]

Lifepatch, the Indonesian lab that rejects the maker label

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:03am
Cherise Fong writing in the Makery:
Lifepatch is showing a modest retrospective in the prestigious ICC art and new media center in Tokyo—an opportunity to take a closer look at the discreet but passionate way of “making” of this Indonesian community.More here

From Nigeria Skarabrand factory, where local furniture manufacturing meets eCommerce

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:00am
Muyiwa Matuluko writing in Techpoint:
image via TechpointRaymond Umeh is the founder and CEO of Skarabrand, an Abuja-based online furniture store.

Two unique things standout immediately when you engage Skarabrand. The first is the founder; Raymond Umeh has over 12 years domain experience which he gained from running the family furniture business in Lagos. The second is the business approach. Unlike most online furniture stores, that serve primarily as aggregators or marketplaces for furniture makers, Skarabrand takes a more holistic approach, as the company handles 100% of the entire process; from concept to design, through manufacturing and delivery.More here

#Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:53am
Yinka Adegoke writing in Quartz:
Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. (Courtesy Iké Udé)There’s a buzz in Nollywood right now.

Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million). And in 2016 Nollywood’s combined box office topped 3.5 billion naira ( $11.5 million) with 30% of ticket sales generated by local movies. To a Hollywood watcher those numbers will seem tiny, but for a burgeoning movie business growing out of years of rampant disc piracy and a battered economy, this was a breakthrough...[more]

In Europe, skilled craftsmanship is luxury. Why not in the rest of the world, too?

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:00am
Rebecca van Bergen founder Nest of  writes:
image viaFrom the famed haute couture of Paris to the treasured ateliers of Italy, craftsmanship in Europe is a deeply embedded cultural point of pride. What’s more, these traditions – leatherwork, embroidery, shoe-making, hat-making, sewing, glassblowing and the like – are largely revered by consumers as telltale signs of luxury...[more]

Arijiju | Safari Lodge

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:00am
Peter Browne reporting for Conde Nast Traveller:
The vision of one determined character, Arijiju is quite unlike any other safari lodge. It's also a secret weapon in the battle to save rhinos from extinction. We go to Kenya for a first look...[more]

Neema Food London

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 6:00am
In the UK:
Neema is the Swahili word for Grace. It is my African name and means unmerited favour. Neema encapsulates the delicious central African cuisine of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where for centuries the food has remained traditional.

Through our range of delicious chilli sauces, let Neema transport you to the town of Kisangani in the Oriental Province of Democratic Republic of The Congo in Central Africa where traditional dishes are made using a range of beautifully blended spices to bring flavour to local dishes.

9 Egyptian Startups Ingeniously Turning Trash into Cash

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 6:00am
CairoScene reports
image viaRevolutionizing diverse industries like fashion and energy with clean tech, these 9 trailblazing startups are turning waste into profit and pioneering the recycling trend...[more]

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