We have talked about Pasi William Sachiti a few time in the past. We have been impressed by his UK startup, Academy of Robotics which has been working on Kar-go, a driverless car to solve the last mile delivery problem. The last time we talked about Sachiti and Kar-go, he had just successfully raised funding for the innovation via a crowdfunding platform. The autonomous vehicle was launched last week and it was hosted at two glamorous events in the UK. Hosted by the Duke of Richmond Kar-go was part of the Duke of Richmond’s Festivals of Speed (FOS). This is when the Duke hosts motoring enthusiasts from around the world who flock to see the latest concept cars to classics. A new addition to the show is what is called, the FOS Future Lab which has become a centre piece o
Econet spin-off Cassava Smartech announced a new digital learning platform which offers education and learning resources for learners of all age groups – from primary school to post-graduate students. Akello Edutech as they have named it will be comprised of some material from familiar faces including Ruzivo and Muzinda Hub. In addition to this there will be two platforms; Akello Books (coming soon) and Akello Courses which will give students access to Cassava’s educational library of content. Speaking at the launch event, Akello Edutech Chief Operating Officer Mr Tendai Mashingaidze described Akello Edutech as designed to offer targeted services to different education market segments. Akello Edutech aims to make its thrust through the following; Ruzivo Extramarks Ruzivo Extramarks
So the new kid on the payments block is City Card, an NFC card that allows passengers to pay for their ride by taping the card against a tolling machine on board. Ecocash tried this some time ago but it didn’t take off. City Card will probably meet the same bumps in the road. Hwindi cartels The biggest challenge is that the public transportation system in our cities is run by broods of touts whose self-appointed ‘job’ is to tell people which omnibus (kombi) to board as if the passengers don’t know where they are going. For ‘this service,’ the touts are paid a fee equivalent to the fare of one or two passengers by the kombi drivers. This is not because the kombi drivers appreciate the ‘service’ rendered or see value. It’s because the touts said they want to do this and they literall
A FUEL solutions technology company, Garage and Forecourt (Pvt) Ltd, is rolling out an ICT based fuel management system that it argues might be panacea to manual and less accurate fuel gauging and management currently dogging service stations. According to managing director Omalli Jani, the new system replaces convectional dipsticks used to measure product levels at service stations and indications are fuel attendants will be unable to falsify fuel levels in tanks. The system, Mr Jani said, has fuel attendant tagging that monitors sales done regardless of the pump used and has automatic tank gauging that monitors product level in the tank in the same fashion a fuel tank gauge works. It also gives alarm signal if the product is contaminated with water to prevent customers from using i...
Zimbabwe tech start-ups are acutely aware of the challenging environment in which they compete and while funding remains limited, they continue to pitch for support and recognition. According to WeeTracker's African Startups & VC Ecosystems Report, African start-ups have raised US$168.6 million in the first half of 2018. "African start-ups have strong support system in the form of many tech hubs, incubators and accelerators. The West African nation of Nigeria has emerged as the top destination, standing next is Kenya. Trailing further are countries of Egypt and Africa," read an excerpt from the report. Although Zimbabwe did not feature in the top destinations for start-up funding according to Weetracker, the ecosystem has delivered on solutions that have the potential to disru...
Six tech start-ups selected to benefit from the ICT Innovation Drive funding platform launched in Zimbabwe on Wednesday will have their innovations accessible on platforms run by the country's three mobile firms. Telecel, NetOne and Econet Wireless will provide a market gateway through downloads and access for the innovations, according to the country's ICT ministry. The six innovations selected to access funding under the drive include Oyos Music, Purpose Science, Native Project, Shift Organic Technologies, Red Pen and Afrimom. "The successful innovations will sit on their platforms and be downloaded from their (telecom companies) platforms," said Zimbabwe's ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira. He also explained that the country's three main telcos will contribute about 1% of their r...
Rand Merchant Investment Holding (RMI), through AlphaCode, has awarded entrepreneurial packages valued at R16 million to eight of South Africa’s most promising financial services startups. The entrepreneurial packages consist of R1 million in grant funding and R1 million in support, which includes mentorship, monthly expert-led sessions, exclusive office space in Sandton, marketing, legal and other business support services as well as access to the broader RMI network. The packages are part of the AlphaCode Incubate initiative, which is done in partnership with Merrill Lynch South Africa and Royal Bafokeng Holdings. The project identifies South African financial services entrepreneurs with extraordinary ideas and businesses that could impact the financial services industry. Mor
Last month we had a chance to sit and interview a forex trader and it seems a lot of people had an interest in knowing more about forex trading. Luckily there is a two-week course available on Udemy that has been made by a local fella. What will you be learning? The “Learn Forex Trading In Two Weeks” course by Happy Zhou includes lessons on: Forex trading language Analysing methods used to determine movement of prices on the forex market Learning the Metatrader 4 forex trading software Chart patterns Popular chart indicators Fibonacci indicator Supply and Demand Currency Correlations For how much? The course has a 3.5-star rating from 11 reviews but it has also been taken by over 500 students. To enrol for the course you need to part with $99.99 but right now the course is av
Dark theme support seems to have become the latest trend and it’s quickly catching heat. App makers have started embracing it with open arms, including Google, and now it looks like WhatsApp may finally join in on the fun with its own dark mode. Yes, you heard that right. WhatsApp is said to be working on a dark mode for its popular messaging app. It appears like WhatsApp is finally taking cues from its parent, Facebook, which introduced a dark mode for Facebook Messenger earlier this year. There is currently no mention of how WhatsApp’s dark mode will actually look like but we are now even eager and awaiting it with bated breath. If you are curious to see how the dark theme may look like in Whatsapp, here’s a concept developed by WABetaInfo: If we are on the topic of dark themes, t
According to a 2017 report by eMarketer, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the most widely used platforms worldwide in terms of monthly active users, with WhatsApp pulling slightly ahead of Messenger. Clearly, WhatsApp’s broad consumer reach makes the platform a highly desirable one for brands to engage with consumers. Moreover, communicating with consumers on WhatsApp Business helps simplify the customer journey, making it more efficient and less of a hassle. Given its integration into the lives of consumers, numerous brands, including Etihad Airways recently decided to embark on a WhatsApp Business solution that allows passengers to communicate instantly with the airline, as part of its digital strategy. The airline joins companies such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Netflix i