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“Hackerspaces are really taking off in China”

Over at the Makery: image via the Makery “Hackerspaces are really taking off in China”, writes Mitch Altman. The co-founder of Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, has been travelling there for more than a decade, organizing Hacker Trips to visit universities, manufacturers and new hackerspaces. Show More Summary

Digital Microfluidics on Printed Circuit Board

From Gaudi Labs: Demonstration of a prototype of a Digital Microfluidics Device based on Electrowetting (EWOD) technology, built with printed circuit board fast prototyping method. Open Science.

Play a video game to build machines out of DNA

With Nanocrafter, gamification comes to nanotechnology, in Scistarter: Nanocrafter invites you to become a citizen scientist in the field of synthetic biology! As you solve puzzles to progress through the game, you'll learn about DNA...Show More Summary

Three Perspectives on Nigeria’s Presidential Elections

Nigeria will hold presidential elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against former military ruler and four-time opposition candidate General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Here are three perspectives on … Continue reading ?

The 'SOLO phone' music platform

Mfonobong Nsehe writing in Forbes: Michael Akindele, a 30 year-old Nigerian, is a director and a co-founder of SOLO Phone, an experience-driven digital content and smartphone company focused on delivering the best content and services on the mobile platform to African consumers. Show More Summary

The rise of African superfoods

Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN: An episode from my African food mapAn apple a day keeps the doctor away -- but is that enough to keep us fit and strong? From kale to quinoa to goji berries, more and more of us are constantly on the lookout for ways to eat ourselves healthy. Show More Summary

Twim Academy, A Vocational School

From Ashoka Changemakers, Twim Academy - A vocational school of media & creative arts: The ProblemUnemployment is the biggest problem young Nigerians face. A fairly recent release from the country's National Bureau of Statistics put the youth unemployment figure at 54 percent. Show More Summary

Biofuel from Gmelina fruit

Agfax in conversation with researcher Jonathan C. Onyekwelu: Processing the fruit flesh to extract ethanol could make Gmelina fruit a very valuable feedstock for the biofuel industry © James B Friday Gmelina trees comprise around 60% of Nigeria's planted forest. Show More Summary

Kitchen Conversations : Palettes of Africa

Recently held: Now in its fourth installation after sold-out events in Toronto(2012 and 2014) and Paris(2013), Palattes of Africa is a unique culinary event spearheaded by fashion designer/curator, Chinedu Ukabam in collaboration with a rotating cast of burgeoning and established chefs and occasionally artists. Show More Summary

The Assinie-Mafia Church

By Koffi - Diabate, in Arch Daily - The Assinie-Mafia Church: © François-Xavier Gbré "...Here, our goal was to go beyond the traditional and to create a building in conformity with religious norms, all the while being modern, imposing and reflective of the spirit of the city. Show More Summary

Food Shopping at IjeShop

In the UK,From Africa - IjeShop: It is our strongest desire to make healthy, good quality, ethically sourced as well as fun, interesting ethnic foods and products easily accessible to you through carefully thought through partnerships with local suppliers - big and small. Show More Summary

African Fashion Is Taking A Generation By Storm

A post by Chayet Chiénin of Nothing but Wax republished in the HP: image via Huffington Post Maison Château Rouge -- does that name ring a bell? It might not just yet, but it's the brand new Parisian label that has just come onto the fashion scene, subtly mixing the urban and streetwear worlds with the world of African print. Show More Summary

In Egypt Today - Building a startup in a country that's rebuilding itself

Alice Truong reports: Building a company is never easy. To do so under political turmoil following the toppling of a dictator—well, that’s a far bigger challenge than your typical Silicon Valley woes, like raising money, finding office space, or hiring engineers.“You have no idea,” Omar Gabr, cofounder of Cairo-based Instabug, tells Quartz. Show More Summary

Quick Hits

Startup Angola fosters innovation and digital entrepreneurship in the country.ActivSpaces hunts business sponsorship in quest for sustainabilityIn Ghana, learning about cryptocurrencies with the Dream Bitcoin FoundationEric Kinoti, founder of Shades System East Africa

African pension funds should invest more in local private equity

In HowWeMadeIt DinfinN Mulupi writes: Pension funds in Africa should direct more money towards local private equity (PE) firms that fund local enterprises, according to Jitesh Ladwa, CEO of Tanzania-based Mkoba Private Equity Fund. He...Show More Summary

A Startup That Invests in Startups - The Africa Angels Network

Over at Techpoint: The Africa Angels Network (AAN) is a network of angel investors that invests in Africa-focused startups, primarily in the tech sector. Founded in July 2013 by Pule Taukobong – a former software developer who foundShow More Summary

The ‘Venture Builders’ startup model

Ali Diallo reporting at VC4A: What do South Africa’s Springlab, SPARK in Nigeria and Dakar-based JokkoLabs and CTIC have in common? Ali Diallo, VC4Africa Pro Account user and member of the VC4Africa Investor Network, introduces the world of ‘venture builders’. Show More Summary

Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

via Next Nature in Dezeen: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg explains how cars made from biological materials could change and adapt to their environments. "I'm working with synthetic biologists at Imperial College London, thinking about a synthetic biological car," Ginsberg says. Show More Summary

Dried Flowers and more

In the New Agriculturist: image via the New Agriculturist Floral fashion dictates that brighter colours are sometimes required. Dried flower heads are dip-dyed with the seasonal shade of choice. The onus is on the supplier to develop new flower combinations and floral designs with naturally-available fynbos materials.

Fuel briquettes from groundnut shells

An Agfax profile: image via Agfax In The Gambia, Anthony Tabbal has established a business making fuel briquettes from groundnut shells. He was inspired to do this by his concern over deforestation in the country, with many trees being felled for firewood and charcoal making. Show More Summary

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