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MeshPoint - WiFi A Router for first Responder and Humanitarians

From Hackaday: MeshPoint is smart and rugged WiFi hotspot designed to provide instant Internet access in adverse conditions, suitable for crisis situations and social events, both indoor and outdoor. It can be employed and used by everyone, from non-tech-savvy to tech-savvy. MeshPoint relies on principles of open source, open hardware, maker culture and modularity...[more]

Hacking a #BlockChain managed power grid in #Nigeria

In Nigeria from Grit Systems: Girls at a Grit Systems Engineering hackathon are trying to figure this out.

MIT Launches Cross-Continent Tour in Search of Africa’s Most Innovative Entrepreneurs

Mastercard reportsNigeria, South Africa, Senegal Confirmed as Stops on MIT Legatum Center’s “Open Mic Africa”

Onycheck for African Luxury Design

From the FT: image via It’s somewhat surprising that no one has done what Onycheck has before: that is to have curated a slick and comprehensive online boutique of innovative and luxe fashion by African designers. Selling both menswear and womenswear, the site is a roll-call of brands that are rarely represented in the rest of the world. Show More Summary

African press review 24 June 2017

Accra launches probe into Nigerian billionnaire kidnapper Evans' Ghanaian passport. while a Kenyan man chops off his father's hand after an ugly election dispute.

TLcom Capital’s $40m seed fund for African tech startups

Techpoint reports:Founded in 1999, TLcom Capital has invested in targeted businesses that address technological issues in either large established global markets, or in the development of emerging markets with the potential for a global scale. Show More Summary

Steamco Microgrids

CNBC reports: In Kenya, businesses are looking to broaden access to energy by fusing micro grid technology with the significant uptake of mobile phone payment systems. Margaret Mwangi runs a salon in Kenya. With her business not connected...Show More Summary

African press review 23 June 2017

President Zuma feels the heat as South Africa's highest court rules law makers' secret "no confidence" ballot constitutional. Raila Odinga takes battle over elections material contract to Kenya's highest court.

Three Recent, Compelling Pieces on Mali

Recently I’ve read three new pieces on Mali, all of which were very strong and which readers may find of interest: Arthur Boutellis and Marie-Joëlle Zahar, “A Process in Search of Peace: Lessons from the Inter-Malian Agreement,” for International Peace Institute; … Continue reading ?

The NanoStillery™ - Whiskey Distillery

via Hackaday from Goat Industries: The world's smallest fully automatic whiskey still built with safety as the foremost consideration.

How to reduce Zika using flying robots

From Robohub Mosquitos kill more humans every year than any other animal on the planet and conventional methods to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses haven’t worked as well as many hoped. So we’ve been hard at work since receiving this USAID grant six months ago to reduce Zika incidence and related threats to public health. Show More Summary

Uganda holds first Refugee Solidarity Summit

Uganda is hosting the first UN-backed Refugee Solidarity Summit to find support for the over 1.3 million refugees in the country over the next four years.

Nigeria’s First Sukuk

This month, the Nigerian government will issue a $328 million (100 billion naira) sukuk, a kind of sharia-compliant bond that avoids Islamic prohibitions on interests. The government will use the bond “to help fund road projects.” As the Financial Times explains, … Continue reading ?

China rises as a biotech powerhouse, developing drugs to treat the world

Lessons for Africa, Damian Garde writing in Stat News:Biotech once looked to China for cheap labor. It may soon find mounting competition instead. Thanks to bountiful investments and loosening regulations, China has become a nascent biotech powerhouse that investors and entrepreneurs say could one day rival the industry’s Western incumbents. Show More Summary

UN Security Council welcomes Sahel force after US-France compromise

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a French-drafted resolution backing the creation of a five-nation anti-jihadist force in the Sahel region after it was changed to satisfy US objections.

African press review 22 June 2017

Nigeria is to get a cash boost from the World Bank. Some aspects of South Africa's new mining charter could harm a crucial economic sector. And South Sudan appears to be emerging from the dark shadow of famine.

Mali: A Few Details on the June 18 Attack on the Kangaba Resort

On Sunday, June 18, an estimated nine gunmen attacked the Kangaba tourist resort in Dougourakoro, which is east of Mali’s capital Bamako (map). The resort is popular with expatriates. According to Reuters, four of the attackers were killed, five were … Continue reading ?

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