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How Rwanda is enabling a new generation of Women in Tech

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How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

  • In 2020, Rwanda was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.
  • It ranked in the top four in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers.
  • The country therefore seemed a natural fit for a 2018 pilot program of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
  • The Coding for Employment flagship program is establishing 130 ICT centers for excellence in Africa, training 234,000 youths for employability and entrepreneurship to create over 9 million jobs.

Hendrina C. Doroba, Manager in the Education, Human Capital and Employment Division at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), explains how Rwanda is empowering women in technology.

How the Rwandan Government has enabled women pursue careers in STEM:

The Rwandan government has been a strong champion of women in ICT and in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), by driving initiatives like the establishment of the Carnegie Mellon University-Africa campus, for which the Bank provided funding. Students from 17 different countries pursue highly specialized ICT skills at the Africa campus.

The country also hosts the African Institute of Mathematics (AIMS) which is now recruiting balanced cohorts of women and men. Lastly, the Bank-funded University of Rwanda College of Science and Technology has for many years produced women leaders in the ICT sector in Rwanda and globally.

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Rwanda’s government also supports initiatives such as the Miss Geek Rwanda competition, an initiative of Girls in ICT Rwanda, which aims to encourage school-age girls, even those in remote areas, to develop innovative tech or business ideas and to generally immerse themselves in ICT. The Miss Geek initiative has now been rolled out in other countries in the region.

The strategy of the African Development Bank Group‘s Coding for Employment center of excellence in Rwanda has been to join forces with the Rwanda Coding Academy through a grant agreement to support the school’s activities, like ICT equipment, teacher training and career orientation. The Rwanda Coding Academy started in January 2019 and has so far enrolled one cohort, which is now going into their second year.

Besides the Rwanda Coding Academy, the Bank’s Coding for Employment program held a two-day masterclass for girls and young women entrepreneurs at the 2018 Youth Conneckt summit, where over 200 beneficiaries were trained in using digital tools to amplify their businesses. The session was attended by women entrepreneurs as well as students from girl schools in Kigali, including those from White Dove School, which is an all-girl school fully dedicated to training in ICT. The masterclass culminated into a pitching exercises from various groups who presented their ideas to a panel of judges.

Lessons can other African countries learn from Rwanda:

The government of Rwanda has been a trailblazer in using innovation to improve public services across the country using the e-governance platform Irembo, to bring government services closer to citizens. In addition, the government is driving national digital skilling campaigns by championing digital ambassador programs and platforms such as Smart Africa, which has organized the annual Transform Africa summit since 2013.

Still, gender equality remains a concern, and gender gaps are evident even in schools. Rwanda’s ambitions extend to piloting the Kigali Innovation City, also Bank-funded, to serve as the country’s knowledge and innovation hub by attracting new businesses and incubating ideas. At the same time, the country has created a business environment which is pro-entrepreneurship and welcomes global inventors to test their ideas and concepts. Zipline, a company which uses drones to deliver medical supplies in remote areas, is one example.

Lastly, Rwanda promotes women leaders in the ICT and innovation sector. The country’s Minister of ICT and Innovation is a woman, as is the CEO of the Irembo platform. Appointments such as these are helping to dispel the myth that women are not as capable as men in ICT.

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Record 12 persons succumb to COVID 19 in Nairobi County

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

A record 12 persons have succumbed to COVID 19 in the last 24 hrs bringing the total number of those who have died to 197.

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The number is the highest since the Country recorded its first COVID 19 positive case.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says they had challenges with the server and only managed to test 1,205 samples

Out of the number, 189 tested positive of the virus bringing the total number of positive people in the Country to 10,294.

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106 of the cases are male, 83 are female, the youngest is 5 years while the oldest is 71 years.

On a good note, 65 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the last 24 hrs and total recoveries now stand at 2946.

The CS said the 12 who passed on are from Nairobi County and a majority of them were in isolation centers in various hospitals in the County.

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Oppo teases 125W fast-charging, coming on July 15

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Chinese device maker Oppo is gearing to announce an upgrade of its famous fast-charging technology this week.

As per a teaser posted on the brand’s Twitter account, Oppo will, on July 15th, reveal what it has been working on: 125W super fast-charging.

With the end of the current quarter expected to mark the beginning of the arrival of smartphones with 100W fast-charging technology, Oppo’s expected announcement comes just at the right time. Word on the street is that we will be seeing it soon on upcoming Oppo devices.

Oppo has for long been working on rapid charging technology. VOOC, its brand for such efforts, has been available on smartphones from the company for a few years now. Last year, the company announced SuperVOOC 2.0, a massive improvement of its already fast (then at 50W) proprietary fast-charging technology, when it launched its Reno Ace smartphone.

If SuperVOOC 2.0, which is 65W, is anything to go by, then we can expect charging speeds of just a quarter of an hour – or less – using a 125W charger. The 65W charger that enables SuperVOOC 2.0 takes just half an hour to fully juice up a 4,000mAh battery unit like the one on the Reno Ace.

Oppo is in good company with regards to taking fast-charging to the extremes.

Rival Xiaomi showcased a 100W fast-charging solution (Super Charge Turbo) that charges up a 4,000mAh battery in just 17 minutes – up to 50% in just 7 minutes before “slowing down” a bit to top off the remaining half in 10 minutes – back in March.

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Last month, another Chinese device maker, Vivo, demoed its own 120W fast-charging technology which fully charges a smartphone with a 4,000mAh battery in just 13 minutes.

Vivo’s sub-brand, iQOO, has also today announced its own 120W fast-charging technology that arrives this August in a new iQOO smartphone.

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Infinix Note 7: Unboxing

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Infinix has been selling the Note 7, the latest member of the Note series, in the local market for a few months now. The Infinix Note 7, like the one we are unboxing in the video below (4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage), is going for Kshs 18,100 on Xpark. There’s, reportedly, a 6GB RAM […]

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