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These Girls Just Created an App that has the Potential to Save Thousands of Lives

Five Nigerian teenagers won first place in the junior division of the Technovation World Pitch Summit held in San Jose, California. Iridescent’s 2018 Technovation World Pitch Summit is the world’s largest tech entrepreneurship program for girls. The program invites girls from ages ten to eighteen from all over the world to identify a problem in their community and then challenges the girls to solve it.

This 27-year-old Rwandan is the Only Expert on How to Run a Daily Drone Delivery Operation

Abdoul Salam Nizeyimana works at one of the world’s first drone delivery services. He leads a team of young people in Rwanda who launch and retrieve autonomous drones that deliver blood to remote hospitals. His job is the subject of the third episode of Bloomberg’s mini-documentary series Next Jobs, which profiles careers of the future.

Formalising the Tech Hub Space in Africa

It is a relatively new phenomenon. But some universities on the continent are working towards setting themselves up as catalysts of innovation and entrepreneurship. Notable mentions must go to the University of Nairobi and the American University in Cairo, but South Africa is leading the charge. The likes of Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) are focusing more than ever on equipping their students to be entrepreneurs, primarily in response to unemployment issues in the country.

SOURCES: Forbes

Disrupting Africa’s Skincare Industry

These young entrepreneurs plan to influence the cosmetic market by shedding light on and promoting organic and Eco-friendly brands, and by changing the general attitude about cosmetics being a ‘woman’s market’.

SOURCES: Ventures Africa

Calls for Agricultural Studies to Adapt

The African Development Bank has urged academic institutions to adapt their curriculum to enable technology-driven farming, saying there is no reason why Africa should be spending $35bn a year importing food. The bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, says the rapid pace of growth in the use of drones, automated tractors, artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain technology, will transform agriculture.

SOURCES: Business Day Live

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