The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative announces the launch of the public voting for the 2014 Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. Tech-I is an annual science and technology entrepreneurship competition, which this year accepted over 500 entries from 86 countries in the four areas of agriculture, energy, health, and information and communications technology (ICT). Internationally esteemed experts have selected the top 67 GIST Tech-I semi-finalists from 35 countries and now it is the global public’s turn to vote for the next big science and technology idea or startup!
We are proud to announce that Muchu Kaingu, a Zambian, is one of the 67 semi-finalists. He is developing m-Retailer, a cloud-based mobile application that interfaces with Point of Sale and Stock Management Systems to give better business insights to retailers. With m-Retailer, retailers in Africa can use their smart phones to do the following:
- Quickly perform stock enquiries by scanning barcodes
- Take inventory of their stock
- Place orders for stock that is running low on the go
- Place orders at supplier’s facilities
- Access all their business information remotely
m-Retailer helps African retailers to:
- Spend less time on administration
- Make quick and informed decisions by accessing relevant information in a timely fashion
- Stay in touch with the business on the go
- Spend more time with customers, where it matters
- In doing all this, they can increase revenue
We believe that our country’s economy can greatly improve by harnessing the power of science and technology and supporting such young and innovative entrepreneurs as Muchu Kaingu.
Please support Muchu Kaingu to win the GIST Tech-I competition and make our country proud by clicking the link below to vote:
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infoDev has released the “Mobile at the Base of the Pyramid: Zambia” report.
This set of reports assesses existing mobile application (app) business models targeted at, or suitable for, people living at the base
of the pyramid (BoP). The reports address specific pain points for app developers and provide practical, actionable advice. Their recommendations are specific to each of the four countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zambia.
This study, “Mobile at the Base of the Pyramid” was commissioned by infoDev, a global technology and innovation program at the World Bank.
The summary can be downloaded here, and the full report on Zambia can be downloaded here.
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What is the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) and what is it hoping to achieve? How do applicants submit their innovations for the IPA? What are the IPA 2015 priority areas? If you would like to know the answers to these questions and to find out more about the IPA Competition, join us as we meet with the Director at Innovation Prize for Africa, Pauline Mujawamariya on Monday 8th of September at BongoHive. To attend this event, please register here.
About Innovation Prize for Africa:
Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) provides $150,000 to winners who develop solutions to African challenges. With 2000 innovators from 48 countries entering in its first three years; IPA 2015 takes investment in unleashing and supporting sustainable African led innovation past half a million USD. The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is calling on all African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition. The IPA is presented annually, enabling and encouraging African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome some of the challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development. The award targets technological breakthroughs in the following areas: manufacturing and service industry, health and well-being, agriculture and agribusiness, environment, energy and water and ICTs.
Learn more and apply.
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