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An API, or Application Programming Interface, is what allows software programs to “talk” to one another and reach a broader audience. APIs are what allow you to share a news article on LinkedIn or send your location on WhatsApp using your smartphone. APIs are also what allow a farmer in Senegal to check crop prices via SMS (MLouma) or a student in the Philippines to pay for their bus ride using their mobile airtime credit (Bustayo) . Services like these are powered by the APIs of local mobile operators.

In 2006, fewer than 400 public APIs were available globally. Today, there are around 15,000 APIs, with 40 new ones created every week. Salesforce already generates 50 per cent of its revenues via APIs, eBay generates 60 per cent, and Expedia 90 per cent. Welcome to the new API economy.

In emerging markets in particular, APIs are bridges between mobile operators and start-ups that launch mobile services. These bridges, if open to developers and easy to walk over, can benefit both parties, and the whole ecosystem. They may also have a positive socio-economic impact on the potential four billion unique mobile end users of these services in emerging markets.

As activity around operator APIs is ramping up in emerging markets, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme has just released a report which looks at the landscape of operator APIs in emerging markets, as well as the reasons why both operators and start-ups need to get strongly involved. It extract findings as well as operational lessons from a variety of interviews with ecosystem players as well as five case studies on Globe, Orange, Dialog, Airtel, and MTN.

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CIPESA FINAL PITCHING EVENT

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(CIPESA) is a center for research and analysis of information aimed at enabling policy makers to understand ICT policy issues and helping various multi-stakeholders use technologies to improve livelihoods. CIPESA is monitoring Internet freedom in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries in an effort to document and publicize freedom of expression violations, and how cyber security policies and legislation in select African countries enhance, or undermine, Internet freedom. This saturday the session will come to an end with every tester sharing his/her experience using the tools. Register today via this link to be part of the event

 

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The Slush Impact accelerator Local competition date is officially announced to be 10th August 2016. Registration is now opened, Kindly fill in the registration form to get the opportunity to pitch your startup idea in August and hopefully get the chance to attend SLUSH 2016 in Finland this November.

Registration Form: Click here to Register

Registrations will be closed on the 5th August, so fill your registration earlier.

IMG_0676“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” This quotation is proven correct by the Project inspire team for the sixth time at Buni Innovation Hub during the sixth TOTO TECH session on 25th june 2016. Project inspire with Buni Innovation Hub once and still believes that science with experiments is far off better than a theoretically based science since it triggers understanding and builds passion to science related subjects,STEM. And so together they started TOTO TECH so that children aged from 10 to 15 years can get engaged in science practically and get interested in science related subjects and pursue science related fields.

A great Saturday morning, cool to some extent, slow town winds blowing as young girls and boys seemed walking  along the town ways towards COSTECH (sayansi). The cameras in the hall caught the project inspire crew preparing the equipments for the experiments. Majority of the participants were boys 64% and 36% were girls from various schools in Dar-es-salaam including; Lieberman primary school, Upanga primary school, Makumbusho primary school, Kilakala primary school, Atlas primary school, Mabatini primary school, Kinondoni primary school, Fount of joy primary school, Mount moriah primary school, Tusiime primary, Victoria primary school, Mwale primary school, Kigunga primary school and Msili primary school. Out of 14 schools that participated, 9 were government schools and 5 were private schools. Out of all students from the above schools, only 18% were from private schools and the remaining 82% were government school students. Read more

IMG_0633On  Saturday of 25th June 2016, the testing and reviewing workshop of Redphone tool commenced. A group of various testers from different fields, merged together with the facilitator to test the Redphone tool. Redphone is the tool that is used to make encrypted phone calls, meaning that the communication is between one user and the end user without passing through any point. Regardless of it’s features and functionality, redphone tool could not be used at first point due to the presence of TextSecure tool that comprises of both messaging and Phone call encryption service called Signal. The technical trainer had to facilitate on some cons that lead to the termination  of Redphone.

  • Unattractive Interface.
  • Occasional connection issues.
  • poor user experiences.

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